Top 10 Best Concept Albums

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The Top Ten

1
Pink 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.
[Newest]It's easily one of the best albums ever made.

BKAllmighty


2The 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.

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3Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
This should be number one not five and seriously Linkin Park above Pink Floyd 😳
One of my favorites but it's not a concept album
This is the best album I have ever heard.

4The Who - Quadrophenia
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

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

5Jackie Evancho - Songs from the Silver Screen
Her second PBS Great Performances concert showcasing these songs is titled: "Music Of The Movies".
Every song is a winner and all are taken from well-known movies. My favorite is "Se" from Cinema Paradiso.

BobG

Jackie turns the silver screen to gold with her magic.

6The Who - The Who Sell Out

7Linkin 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
A very underrated album. I'm sure that in 70's or 80's this album would be acclaimed, but no. At a time that few people sit down to listen a whole album and most people prefer short and fast songs, and a narrow-minded fan-base, ruined the album credibility. The lyrics, the concept, the new musical style, voice effects, etc a great work, best Linkin Park album by far. Read the review by Jordy Kasko.
My top is:
01. The Dark Side of the Moon
02. A Thousand Suns
03. Animals
04. The Wall
05. American Idiot

bismarck-shinoda


8David 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.

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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


10Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
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
An actually good understandable concept.
[Newest]It's a book written through music


The Contenders

11Smashing 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

Best album of all time, it changed my life, NUMBER 1

12Pink Floyd - Animals
This is REAL concept album. The Wall isn't even close to this!
A scathing critique of the socio-economic conditions and capitalistic system of England in the 70s, with beautiful guitar work by Gilmour. Phenomenal album.
So awesome! Pure genius!

13The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

14Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Not really a concept album.

15The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium
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

My all time favorite album
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.

16Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
This should at least be in the top three

17The 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 about reuniting with an old friend and dealing with life. "Try and Love Again" is a great electric ballad from bassist Randy Meisner (this would end up being his last song with the Eagles, due to an argument with Glenn Frey about not being able to hit the high notes on "Take It to the Limit" in concert. I see it as his farewell song, which chokes me up sometimes). Finally, there's "The Last Resort", the album's opus, which ties together all of the themes and brings them to a close. I highly recommend this album to anyone who wants to know about the inner workings of the music business and the tolls it takes on so many lives. This album will never die, as it is a true testament to the human spirit. Southern California has never been represented so well

18Iron 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.

19Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money

20Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

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