Top 10 Best Concept Albums


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1Pink Floyd - The Wall

This concept was so well thought out and the mystique was cleverly perpetuated by the tight lipped nature of the band's discussions about the concept. It was brilliantly executed and an almost psychic creation of art. - viniot

This is the best concept album ever let alone for pink floyd. Instead of American Idiot try Metropolis pt. 2 Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater and for #10 Welcome to my Nightmare. - fireinside96

just amazing, has incredible depth. Although many of the songs are short, the whole album together create one of the best stories of all time.

The best without a doubt. - MontyPython

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2Jackie Evancho - Songs from the Silver Screen

Her second PBS Great Performances concert showcasing these songs is titled: "Music Of The Movies".

Jackie turns the silver screen to gold with her magic.

Every song is a winner and all are taken from well-known movies. My favorite is "Se" from Cinema Paradiso. - BobG

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3Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

This is the best album I have ever heard.

This is a great album but I don't think it's a concept album.

One of my favorites but it's not a concept album

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4The Who - Tommy

Tommy is one of the most infamous concept records of all times. It deals with the human condition and the pursuit of answers to questions we most likely won't find until we die. - viniot

5The Who - Quadrophenia

This should be #1. Not only is it the best concept album ever made, but the best album ever made.

From 'I am the sea' to 'Love reign o'er me', this the best concept album of all time. Each induvisual member is great and so are all the songs. If you don't believe me listen to it! My favorite part is 'Sea and sand' to Doctor jimmy'. - jarjar36

6The Who - The Who Sell Out
7David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie's concept was exhilarating. It explored the alter ego that exists in all of us, but as humans, we feel the overwhelming pressure to subdue it. He explored his right in front of our eyes. - viniot

8Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns

A amazing concept about nuclear war and apocalypyse, and very good lyrics, new sounds and music videos. Should be the first or secon, I believe this is the best album by Linkin Park. Pink Floy is also very good too

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9Green Day - American Idiot

This is an AMAZING album and I LOVE the story. Its about a boy (Jesus Of Suburbia) who leaves his home because as he grows up he realizes that everything is a lie in his house and in America, so he leaves and enjoys his first night of freedom, its awesome, and he is happy like its a Holiday. After that, the hangover kicks in and he is suddenly depressed (Boulevard of Broken Dreams) knowing now that he needs to move into the big city (Are We the waiting) and creates a new identity (St.Jimmy) and starts doing drugs to keep away the pain of being home sick (give me novicaine) and then he meets and starts a relationship with a girl (she's a rebel) and says how amazing she is (Extraordinary girl).after seeing how much of a loser he is she leaves him (letterbomb) he is depressed, (wake me up when September ends). Now he kills his alter ego St.Jimmy and is going home (Homecoming/Death Of St.Jimmy). He is home and now the legacy ends.

This record was a monumentally important statement at a crucial time in history. It dealt with the sub-conscious of American counter culture and itsstruggle to identify itself among a malicious regime claiming to act in everyone's best interest. - viniot

Just a great, consistent albumn. Great band unison and bj armstrong vocals and guitar skill, fast exilirating drum patterns and a swift stylised basslines seem like jigsaw pieces of a greater puzzle that tackles rough beginings of an adolesent life in an underpoverished suburban america. And also catchy

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10Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

Why is this not in the top 5? This album show cases the most brilliant harmony between the instruments and the lyrics. It's perfectly synced and the storyline is beautiful. I love the way the story is told in pieces. It's fits perfectly well together. My top 5 are : dark side of the moon, animals, metropolis pt 2 scenes from a memory, the wall, and rise and fall of ziggy stardust.

A lot of the albums here aren't true concept albums, which horrifies me to see them above this album which tells such a great story so clearly and with such musical virtuosity.

The story and concept behind this album is incredible. Each song shows the thoughts of different people in a pursuit of reason

This album needs to be a movie.

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11The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

While I could mention how great it's premise is, it's glorious songwriting, and widespread appeal, I'll just mention the many technological innovations it brought to the studio.

Greatest album ever PERIOD! Let alone a concept album. This album changed music forever!

12Pink Floyd - Animals

Arguably the greatest album in the history of music, and I'm not only referring to concept albums.

A scathing critique of the socio-economic conditions and capitalistic system of England in the 70s, with beautiful guitar work by Gilmour. Phenomenal album.

My most favourite album of all time! It's perfect! The storyline is amazing. It shows each members strength! Roger waters amazing artist lyrics perfectly matches Gilmours brilliant guitar work. I swear I get so many mugasms (music orgasm) while I'm listening to this album.

How is The Wall, nay, ANY other record ahead of this one?

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13Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

This is one of my favorite records of all time. It deals with the full spectrum of human emotions as it takes you through the course of a day. This one you need to experience for yourself! - viniot

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14Metallica - ...And Justice For All

Not really a concept album.

15Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

The sound, feel, and atmosphere of this album is just amazing. I recommend it to anyone who exists.

16Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money
17Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
18The Eagles - Hotel California

The title track is the obvious standout and I don't think anyone knows entirely what it means. The guitar solos and riffs are some of the best of all time. "New Kid In Town" is a great country ballad from Glenn Frey about trying to make it in the music business. "Life In the Fast Lane" is a great rocker from Don Henley (vocals) and Joe Walsh (the riff) about the rush of fame and everything that comes with it (money, sex, drugs, booze). "Wasted Time" is a great take on a Philadelphia piano ballad from Henley about broken hearts. "Victim of Love" is a great rocker from Henley that features some tasty licks from Don Felder. It continues the broken heart theme, but is much less sympathetic than "Wasted Time" (the creative ownership of this song would become a problem and would cause tensions that later led to the band's breakup in 1980). "Pretty Maids All In a Row" is a great piano ballad (with great slide guitar) from Joe Walsh ...more

19Brian Wilson - Smile
20The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium

Considering it was the bands first album release with a story to go with it about a close friends coma which drove him to commit suicide. You can feel the true emotion in the album, with an original sound and incredible lyrics, I think it is the greatest album I have heard to date and should be nearer number 1 in this list.

his concept blew me away. When people have near death experiences they commonly report their lives flashing before their eyes. This notion fascinates me, as it obviously does Mars Volta. - viniot

Why the absolute Hell is Linkin Park above this masterpiece of an album?

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