Best Albums of All Time

The Contenders: Page 4

61 Ray of Light - Madonna Ray of Light - Madonna

Shame to the people who say pop music is shallow. This album written and produced by Madonna along with William Orbit is amazing and influenced the mainstream by bringing electronic music into its work. This album deals with themes of motherhood, loneliness, selfishness and death. The vocals are Madonna's strongest and compositions range from trip hop inspired ballads to techno/drum and bass lite dance songs. This pop album is worlds better than Thriller.

Madonna's Ray of Light is purely and simply, a work of art. Just listen to it and be engulfed in its ambience and artistry. Certainly an emotional, mature, and introspective album. Definitely some of Madonna's best work.

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62 Phobia - Breaking Benjamin Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

Every song in this album is great -including-diary of jane, breath, had enough and others

The most flawless album to date.

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63 Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam

If Eddie had taken both barrels instead of Kurt, these guys would be considered the most influential band of the grunge scene.

All the songs that made this album are wonderful

Best grunge album ever made, I would dare to say this album is tied with "London Calling" or "Re"

I would have voted master of puppets or a night at the opera, but this masterpiece deserves better

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64 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

This album has 3-4 hits that make this album memorable for foREVer. RIP THE REV

Easily one of the greatest albums of all time

1. Ten 2. Nightmare... This should be the top 2

Nice rock song

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65 BloodSugarSexMagik - Red Hot Chili Peppers BloodSugarSexMagik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Amazing album. It have everything. From punk, over rock to funk and pop

its the best album I've ever lisin 2. it has so many styles of music. - bleaghh

I personally think that Californication, but Blood Sugar Sex Magik is not far behind at all. I'm listening to it right now!

Hell this album is the greatest of all time period

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66 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day

American idiot. The 2nd best album of all time after thriller. 5 superhit singles rest 8 superb songs with different creativity, art, music and lyrics. And if you're are saying HYBRID THEORY sold 30 million copies, its wrong. The true value is 24 million but american idiot sold 14 million copies. I accept that but there was different time. At that time internet was not so popular so people just buy the album. But almost after 5 years when american idiot was released the internet was popular in all over the world, so people around the world did not need to buy a copy from a shop. AND IN ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE american idiot was ranked 22 best album of decade but in reader's choice it was at rank.1. And in both two list there was no hybrid theory or meteora of linkin park. IN KERRANG MAGAZINE american idiot was ranked 5 at best album of all time. And the songs are amazing in AI.

American Idiot came out at a time when people where afraid to speak out due to 9/11. Green Day didn't care about what people where and wheren't supposed to say, they released the album filled with rage and disappointment about America and it's politics anyway.
The storyline throughout the whole album is appealing to the youth as everybody can find something to identify with. And with a mix of angry rock songs like "American Idiot" to emotional ballads like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" I don't see how this can't be considered the greatest album of all time.
Even if it's almost 6 years since it first came out it is still current with a now on going Broadway play.
That, for me, makes American Idiot the obvious choice on this list.

Nothing comes close to this. I am sorry but it just doesn't. People buy into the hype of a lot of the albums above because they get told it is great. But actually sit down and listen to this album a few times. All the songs tell a story like a book it is sheer genius. This is also a band who was about to split up and wrote this about America. What normal people will not admit to seeing about the world Green Day was not scared to show people the world they was living in away from what the media tells you Green Day tells it straight. This may not sound like complete punk but trust me this is as punk as it gets.

Every song on this album is genius. - mmarce445

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67 Origin of Symmetry - Muse Origin of Symmetry - Muse

This album deserves to be higher, I have heard this album too many times and I still don't get enough, it's very good. (even though Absolution is my favorite Muse album =P)

Easily the most creative, progressive and well structured album of all time. Each song tackles serious and occasionally taboo issues (megalomania) with a sense of imagination. It also helps that this is probably the fan favourite album and also had the best critical reception of all their albums. Apart from that one critic that gave it one star. Well done mate!

So good I downloaded it on itunes and still went out and bought the CD, just in case my computer wiped it or something

You know, I think this album is ahhh pretty good. Definitely should ahh a little bit higher umm and um I guess that's all I got folks. I guess, its ahh time for me to leave now, so umm I guess yeah that's all I got. Time to go eat some gnarly barley

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68 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

I LOVE YOU JESUS CHRIST shakes the listener to the bone in an album full of cryptic lyrics and bizarre instrumentation. This album achieves full emotion like no other album has for me.

Please. Who cares about Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy anyway. I did but that was a dark time known as Junior High School. Please, world. How does "Rockstar" by Nickelback compare to "Oh Comely"? This is a gem, folks. Appriecate it. This is not for everybody but this deserves top 100. At least.

It is my favourite album of all time, and it is a solid and consistent album which really makes you appreciate music more. - Jiorl

All I can really say is that it's a pretty good album, even if it is just a meme. It's a solid Indie rock album; nothing more, and nothing less. - Evafag

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69 Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix

The king of the guitar at his best. All Along The Watchtower, Crosstown Traffic, Voodoo Chile. This album is electric, energetic, original, full of virtuoso Hendrix performances. This is the best album ever produced!

So deserves to be in top 20 at minimum.

Better than Are You Experienced by a mile.

70 Closer - Joy Division Closer - Joy Division V 3 Comments
71 Sha Sha - Ben Kweller Sha Sha - Ben Kweller
72 Powerslave - Iron Maiden Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Not only is the best album of the band, but also created a trend in heavy metal music. Along with Piece of Mind, one of the best albums of music history.
All the musicians on this album makes a huge job, especially Steve Harris notes. A historical record, no doubt.
Up the Irons!

This album truly defines what Metal is all about. Every song is epic, every riff is a masterpiece. Bruce Dickinson at his vocal best. Absolutely mind blowing album. Deserves to be in the 10 for sure

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73 True Blue - Madonna True Blue - Madonna

Everything about Madonna is so intriguing. True Blue is one of the most successful albums of history, and one of the Queen's very best. Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, La Isla Bonita... such songs are not merely hits but masterpieces, immoratal musical achievemments. Perfection.

Just because Michael Jackson died, it doesn't make him the best artist of all time. People, please stop giving him a pity vote! Madonna was a true artist. She wrote her songs, created her own music, directed her own videos, organized her tours. MJ was good, but NOTHING compared to a great artist like Madonna.

While I absolutely love and admire Madonna and her body of work (although I'd hardly call this her BEST album), she has never directed her own music videos. Perhaps devised their concepts and such, but to my knowledge has never been the director of any music video she's done. - theOpinionatedOne

True Blue is a masterpiece and Madonna's best album, you don't hear such quality in today's music scenario. It is truly her immaculate collection!

One of the best albums I've heard. Why so low?

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74 Toxicity - System of a Down Toxicity - System of a Down

Every song has a message that it reveals, and most songs are underrated because of the album's singles.
This should be much higher people, vote!

This and Lateralus are the best! Lateralus isn't even on this list though! And Lateralus is probably BETTER than Toxicity! - moose4life19

I don't understand how this is so low and lateralus isn't even on the list. - Flying_spidermonkey

This album is literally one of the best albums, but nothing will ever compare to "Steal This Album."

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75 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

RATM: empowering a rebellion amongst a society where the majority believes there's nothing to rebel GENIUS! This record is a true masterpiece that undoubtedly deserves a spot in the top 5. You should all be ashamed of yourselves, every song is phenomenal

This was the first album on the list that I seen that I actually own so I vote for this one. Also love Rage Against The Machine! - Jonerman

Another great album to work out to

76 Meddle - Pink Floyd Meddle - Pink Floyd

This underrated album was the first truly great work by Pink Floyd. It should have been their first multi-million seller. The epic 23-minute "Echoes" on side 2 and the catchy shorter songs on side 1 all showcased the band's spacey experimentation, originality, and skilled musicianship.

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77 Illmatic - Nas Illmatic - Nas

Why is this album not at least in the top ten on this list. Christ is seems like the people who vote on these lists think that music died with nirvana. I personally do not strive to be hipster but I do believe that music is all just a matter of taste and opinion but God the hipster type always put down hip hop as being meaningless just because they have only heard mainstream hip hop. Well, hipsters I challenge u to listen to this album and not respect the pure genius that is Nasir jones

This album was not only astounding on every level, providing it's audience with every single one of it's exceptional tracks, but it also revolutionized a genre, a remarkable feat that I can't speak for every album of this list, but I must say it's rather hard to believe that many others have done so as well.

Best Rapper of all the Time! And One of the Best Rap producers make a Album! = ILLMATIC = Best Rap Album Ever!
I've Never listened to Album with so much Quality, I would change nothing On it. It's THE perfect Album of all the Time.

The greatest rap album ever, and it's not even in the top 20. I'm pissed internet.

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78 Dreamboat Annie - Heart Dreamboat Annie - Heart

So happy to see this on a "best" list! One of my all-time favorites!

Absolute classic and a gem of an original album.

Love this band. Real rock pioneers.

Great songs and singing!

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79 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Artwork is second to none. This album contains most of the songs on Elton Johns Greatest Hits album and "Candle In The Wind".

You are given the beautiful candle in the wind which follows the amazingly composed Funeral for a Friend, then he comes at you with Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. This is Elton John. He is the most talented, diverse artist to ever live.] - LPR20

Influential & powerful album many years prior to 'candle in the wind' becoming the top selling single in the last 50 years.

Elton John just was hitting his peak. The peak of the best decade by any musician ever, OK fine maybe the Beatles in the 60s are unbeatable, but he got close. Great songs all around on this album.

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80 Come on Over - Shania Twain Come on Over - Shania Twain

Shania is just so amazing, I only discovered her songs recently but she is just amazing. I am so glad I came across her because wow, she is just so talented and amazing. All her songs are amazing and I love her so much. My favorite song by her is totally that don't impress me much, this song is just the best and it is so catchy. Shania put country-pop on new level with this album.

The Best selling country album of all time. Record sales of 39 million world withe. The best selling album by a female of all time.

And the singer herself, she's so amazing and very sexy.

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