Top 10 Best Concept Albums


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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.
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2The 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.

3The 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.


4Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns

5Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

6Green 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.


7Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

8The 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

9Nine 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!


10Pink Floyd - Animals
A scathing critique of the socio-economic conditions and capitalistic system of England in the 70s, with beautiful guitar work by Gilmour. Phenomenal album.
Pink floyd the wall is to over rated...
this is the real concept album.

The Contenders

11The Who - The Who Sell Out

12David 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.


13Metallica - ...And Justice For All

14Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

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

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!


15Dream 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
I can't believe this is #20 it should be #1!


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16Madonna - I'm Breathless

Brilliant but a little bit underrated masterpiece

17Daft Punk - Discovery

18The 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

19Flaming 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?


20Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money

21Iron 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.

22Nine 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"

23Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope

24My 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.

25Queensryche - 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.

26Madonna - Erotica

27Dream 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.

28Rush - Clockwork Angels

29Gorillaz - Demon Days

30Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk

31Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

32Björk - Biophilia

33Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar

34Smashing 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.


35Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare

36Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth

37Time - Electric Light Orchestra

38Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814

39Journey - Eclipse

40Tool - Lateralus
Is not only about a story... y all about FIBONACCI SEQUENSE... The best conceptual album ever!

41Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta
Definitely worth a listen

42Kiss - The Elder
A magic medieval trip

43El Dorado - Electric Light Orchestra

44Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

45Opeth - Still Life

46Testimony - Neal Morse

47Lou Reed - Berlin

48Queen - Queen II

A very amazing storyline about a land called Rhye, with a very magical fantasy twist. No album has ever come close to this.

49Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

50Rush - 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.

51Styx - Kilroy Was Here

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


52Alice Cooper - School's Out

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