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

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.

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

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

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

This is the best album I have ever heard.

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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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9Pink 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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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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11Green 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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12The 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!

13Metallica - ...And Justice For AllV1 Comment
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! - viniot

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

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
17Queensryche - 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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18Rush - 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.

19The 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.

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

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

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20Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
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1. The Who - Quadrophenia
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