Top 10 Best Concept Albums


The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd - The Wall Pink Floyd - The Wall

This album is practically a religion among my friends and I. There is literally nothing bad about it, sure the songs don't stand well on their own except for comfortably numb and to an extent another brick in the wall part 2 but that's not the point of a concept album. I can listen to this thing back to back to back without getting bored or wanting something else, it just never gets old.

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

Dark Side of the Moon might be a bit more revolutionary, but the wall is a better concept album. Roger Waters is still touring with it. And come on, it has Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2, Mother, Young Lust, Hey You, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell. All are some of Pink Floyd's greatest songs and don't get me started on Comfortably Numb and it's solos.

As far as concept albums go this is arguably only passed by sgt peppers as before peppers nobody had ever grasped the idea before.
this was floyd at its height of glory and it was good!

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2 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Anyone who thinks the Wall is better clearly mistaken. The Wall harbours similar themes of isolation and mental illness and but the Wall does it from a first person perspective. I think if you're going for the first person perspective appeal, there's plenty albums on here that do that better such as quadrophenia. Dark side of the moon in my opinion tells of life, not from one's perspective. And is easier to relate too as well as more applicable.

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

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

Has to be first

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3 Jackie Evancho - Songs from the Silver Screen Jackie 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

Covering a bunch of songs from movies doesn't really count as a concept album

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4 The 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

I'm pretty much obsessed with this album

5 The Who - Quadrophenia The 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

6 David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust David 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

How is this not #2 after the wall like really what is that thing up there

Should be up there with the two Floyd ones

7 The Who - The Who Sell Out The Who - The Who Sell Out
8 Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory Dream 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

It's a book written through music

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9 Pink Floyd - Animals Pink Floyd - Animals

This is REAL concept album. The Wall isn't even close to this!

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

I have everything floyd still on vinyl and this is my fave floyd and concept album.

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

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10 Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns Linkin 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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The Newcomers

? Poe - Haunted Poe - Haunted

The Contenders

11 Green Day - American Idiot Green 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

Such an incredibly fascinating record. Can't stop listening.

Probably one of the best concept albums of all time

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12 Metallica - ...And Justice For All Metallica - ...And Justice For All V 1 Comment
13 The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The 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!

14 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Iron 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.

This should be much higher. I can't believe you worthless peasants put this at 15. Ah todays generation, no taste of all. please like if listeting to seventh son in 2016!

15 Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Smashing 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

16 Queensryche - Operation, Mindcrime Queensryche - Operation, Mindcrime

Love the story and the guitar heavy style of this album. My favorite album of all time! It should be much higher on this list. Too bad Tate has gone nuts! I had tickets to go see them last year and my dumb ass misplaced them. Maybe a fight would have broken out! Laugh out loud They clearly separated themselves from other heavy metal bands of the 80's with this. A lot of the 80's stuff was cheesy on lyrics, but not this album or band. Their stuff always had meaning behind it.

A true concept album from start (I remember now/Anarchy X) to Finnish (Eyes of a Stranger). More than just a collection of songs with a common theme. It tells a story from beginning to end. It spawned a sequel over 20 years later (that, unfortunately doesn't quite live up to the original, but still entertaining).

One of the best story albums recorded. OM also showed that Metal could be more than empty posturing.

This should be way higher up, Operation: Mindcrime is a magnificent album.

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17 Rush - 2112 Rush - 2112

Though not strictly a "concept album", the song 2112 is simply amazing. A great storyline, coupled with great bass and guitar playing, and a positively epic drummer. The other half of the album is pretty good too.

Not completely a concept album, but the song itself has one of the best stories I've ever heard.

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18 Jeff Wayne - The War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne - The War of the Worlds

One of the best...

19 Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money
20 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

This list is an absolute abomination. This album trumps all other on this list INCLUDING THE WALL. People just assume that the wall is the greatest concept album ever made but this album absolutely blows it away in terms of inventiveness, emotion, and the intrigue of the actual concept itself. The wall is basically Roger water just saying: Leave me alone. The lamb is autobiographical to Peter Gabriel's life and has real meaning.

This should at least be in the top three

Green Day above this masterpiece is just beyond stupid.

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Top Remixes (12)

1. The Who - Quadrophenia
2. The Who - The Who Sell Out
3. Pink Floyd - The Wall
1. The Who - Quadrophenia
2. The Who - Tommy
3. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
2. Opeth - Still Life
3. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

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