Top 10 Best Concept Albums


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The Top Ten

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.


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.


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.


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.


3The 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'.


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

4Pink 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.

5The Who - The Who Sell Out

6Linkin 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


7Jackie 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.


Jackie turns the silver screen to gold with her magic.

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.


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.


10Pink 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!

The Contenders

11Dream 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

12Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Not really a concept album.

13The 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

14Smashing 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!


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

15Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money

16The 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.


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.

17Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
This should at least be in the top three

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.

19Brian Wilson - Smile

20Daft Punk - Discovery

21Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
This concept album deals with the age-old battle of good vs evil which is nothing new. However, what the Flaming Lips did was add the post script of emotions over the battle. It incites thoughts and reflections of death and regret that aren't generally dealt with in that kind of story.


Great album that I think is about breast cancer?


22Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

23Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
Year Zero takes a look at a kind of apocalyptic situation from about 16 different views all of them come in together perfectly and thnk about this Capital G and Survivalism were the singles on this album and about half of the rest of the album is better than both of those songs amazing album
This record was a gripping and fully engaging story line that unfolded itself in stages leading up to the release, with clues hidden in bathrooms at shows and all over the internet. The band is amazing and the concept is right up my alley!


24Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

25Rush - Clockwork Angels
26? Are you kidding me? Clockwork angels is one of the best concept albums I've heard, it follows a story of a character and his dreams in kick ass song like the caravan, headlong flight, seven cities of gold and the best final of an album that can exist: the garden

26Dream Theater - Octavarium
People if you r a music lover vote this album and take it to number 1 no one can match to DREAM THEATER the story is incredible.

27Gorillaz - Demon Days

28My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
This album has saved my life. It starts with a sick person who is on their home stretch, and the album goes through making preperstions for your own funeral, saying goodbye, going through final cancer treatments, being afraid of dying, and then finding comfort with whatever happens in the afterlife. This is a very powerful album, each song contributing to the journey of dealing with the deepest fears humans have.

29The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

30Queensryche - 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).
This should be way higher up, Operation: Mindcrime is a magnificent album.

31Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
The greatest of all time. Why? The concept is The spiritual and mental deconstruction of a human being as his mechanical side appears and leads him into committing suicide.
In my opinion, A much better concept album than Year Zero. It follows the trajectory of a person losing control in a way that is so relevant it moved Cash to cover "Hurt"

32Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare

33Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814

34Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar

35Smashing Pumpkins - MACHINA/The Machines of God
With a twisting love hate relationship with the press, it made sense that Billy Corgan would make a record dealing with how the media wars informed his songwriting. The Pumpkins include spirituality in their quest for existential answers.


36Madonna - I'm Breathless
Brilliant but a little bit underrated masterpiece

37Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk

38Björk - Biophilia

39Journey - Eclipse

40Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth

41Time - Electric Light Orchestra

42Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

43Tool - Lateralus
Is not only about a story... y all about FIBONACCI SEQUENSE... The best conceptual album ever!

44Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta
Definitely worth a listen

45Kiss - The Elder
A magic medieval trip

46Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope

47El Dorado - Electric Light Orchestra

48Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

49Opeth - Still Life

50Testimony - Neal Morse

51Lou Reed - Berlin
One of the most depressive album I've ever heard.

52The House of Gold & Bones, Part 1 - Stone Sour
Newer album, but has a great ongoing story, topped off with some advanced guitaring for Stonesour's usual. Some of the best hits of last year were off these albums such as "Absolute Zero", "Do Me A Favor", and "Tired". and other great songs without mainstream attention like "Gone Sovereign" and "The Uncanny Valley" are great ones. I'm sure this album will get more recognition during time, altogether these 2 concept albums will be certified platinum sooner or later.

53The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 - Five Finger Death Punch
These 2 concept albums have their ups and downs, but ultimately I believe part 1 is the best. "Lift Me Up" ft Rob Halford is an amazing song, along with "Watch You Bleed" and the cover of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" ft Tech N9ne. Don't really like the storyline, and I think there's too many covers in these albums along with featured artists, which is my only complaint. Part 2 had "Battle Born" which is a good one and a cover of "House Of The Rising Sun". I'd have to say Lift Me Up was my favorite song of 2013. The solo in Mama Said Knock You Out is very creative then their usual. If you're a heavy metal fan, or FFDP fan and haven't heard any of these songs, I highly recommend to take a listen!

54Rise - Skillet
Best Christian concept album.

55Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)

56Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals

57Mastodon - Leviathan

58Bedlam In Goliath - Mars Volta

59Queen - Queen II

60Madonna - Erotica

61Rush - 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.

62Styx - Kilroy Was Here
This one is very old school. One of the first of its kind, this record had a fun sci-fi theme.


63Alice Cooper - School's Out

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