Top 10 Marilyn Manson Albums

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1Antichrist Superstar

Powerful and tormenting at the same time. Manson's greatest work. Standout tracks: Irresponsible Hate Anthem, The Beautiful People, Tourniquet, Angel With the Scabbed Wings, Antichrist Superstar, Minute of Decay, The Reflecting God. -

This album is Marilyn Manson. Anything before or after this album was not the same. Many other great albums, but this on tops the list by far. Manson's greatest song of all time... The Reflecting God. There is not one track that you would want to skip on this entire album.

By far his best work - his magnum opus. This is the album that sealed his success after 'Sweet Dreams' caught national attention. It took 'dark' to a whole new level, his heaviest album, and the one where he perfected the signature demonic shriek.

The whole album is great, but my recommendations : Dried up, Tied up, Dead to the world, Tourniquet, Deformography, Minute of Decay, Angel with the Scabbed Wings, 1996, The Reflecting God.

Pure genius work of art! No question his best!

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2Mechanical Animals

This whole album is my personal anthem over 14 tracks. Take an hour sometime, and just drink it in. It is incredibly deep, dark, and self loathing, But there are brief glimmers where you see the hope and beauty in it, and the true message that MM is trying to convey. Think for yourself, Follow the sheep no more, Challenge the norm, Fight the current. They may be cliche messages in this day and age, but when this was created, the message was unique and revolutionary. If you haven't listened to Mechanical Animals yet, you are missing out.

The emotional deepness, the hard critics to what we define as "our world" and the electronic ambiance, make of it, doubtlessly, the best.

He will never do anything as good in message, lyrics or music, and he knows it. This is it.

A concept album about an alien called Omega (inspired by David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust). A pretty impressive album overall. Standout tracks: Great Big White World, The Dope Show, The Speed of Pain, I Don't Like The Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me), User Friendly, The Last Day On Earth, Coma White. -

I have heard long before I ever bought the album that it's one of his best. I recently bought the album and I love it. So many awesome hits. This is definitely one of his greatest albums, without a doubt. It's just downright amazing!

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3Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)

A perfect mix between Antichrist Superstar's aggression and Mechanical Animal's beauty.

Way better than The Golden age of Grotesque... Classic songs like Disposable Teens, The Love Song, The Fight Song, Lamb of God, Valentine's Day, Coma Black and The Nobodies.

This should be at #1 without question! Disposable teens, the fight song the love song and the nobodies alone would put this at number one, but there are so many other good lesser known songs on here as well, definitely listen to this album first if your just starting to get into his music.

By far the best part of Manson's library in my opinion

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4The Golden Age of Grotesque

In my opinion this really is mansons best cd, ever. although it may not be his most "rockish" cd, and takes a more tehcno spin to it, it is freakin awesome. some of the better songs

On this are This is the New S***, Use Your Fist and not your mouth, Pair-noir, mOBSCENE and Vodevil. I would recommend this to any rock fan, and if you aren't really into the rock scene, I would still check this out, some of my friends that are hip hop freaks love this cd.

I love this album. Marilyn Manson is an artist, and this album (followed by Mechanical Animals) demonstrates his true artistic ability through his songs. This album is not as pessmistic and depressing as his other albums 'Antichrist Superstar', 'Smells like Children', 'The High End Of Low'. This album is pure genius. Standout tracks, This Is The New S***, mOBSCENE, The Golden Age Of Grotesque, Slutgarden, Tainted Love, (s)AINT

Incorporating themes from the Swing era in Berlin around the 1930's. Manson fans haven't seen him this heavy since Antichrist Superstar. Standout tracks: This Is The New Sh**, mOBSCENE, (s)AINT, Spade, Vodevil. -

IT is my all time favourite!

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5The Pale Emperor

"Absolutely love this album. 45-year-old fan who just got into MM in 2007. I love his older work, and wish I would have been a fan during the mid-90s. With that said, at my age, going to a Manson concert now, if it was similar to his shows 20 years ago, would not interest me. The Pale Emperor is a brilliant album, by a 46-year-old guy. I saw him last August in CT, and he absolutely murdered it. This could eventually be my favorite MM album. "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" is already one of my all-time favorite Manson songs. Very dirty guitar with a Bowie feel. In my opinion, I hear early 80's Stones in this song. The guitar is very Keith Richards, and towards the end of the song, Manson has a very sludgy, Keith Richards "Little T&A" sound in his delivery. I love it.

45-year-old, married, father of four. MM has a very diverse fan base. His growth as a musician with this last effort, brings great hope for more brilliant albums

Even from a fan of Holy wood and MA this album is one of his best, even fans of jazz and blues I know respect this album for its amaZing guitar lines and he doesn't lose his edge, instead of fighting mainstream head on like in Antichrist superstar he sneaks from behind and deals a dishing blow that way, and his voice is so Diffrent now it almost sounds like it hurts for him too sing which is amazing consisting the albums gloomy and atmospheric themes one of my top three easy

This was the first MM record I could listen to front to back. It made me go back and listen to his early stuff. It made me a fan of Manson's music as well as his image. Dark, dirty, emotionally punishing and all without losing any of the powerful emotions that Manson is known for. 10/10. My album of 2015

Awesome album. Has a blues feel and shows the diversity Manson has an artist to be able to create a masterpiece using a different musical method

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6Portrait of an American Family

Raw, adrenaline pumping music from a young hungry manson. I literally love all of his albums but this one is just classic with unbelievable songs such as dope hat, lunchbox, snake eyes and sissies, cake and sodomy and dogma are all just fantastic songs that will never be replaced

A huge slice of raw rock with a horror punk sound to it. This is nothing like Manson has ever record. Standout tracks: Cake and Sodomy, Lunchbox, Get Your Gunn, Wrapped In Plastic, My Monkey. -

This album was the starting point for Manson's career at the big time. This album in itself is legendary, whilst it has some really weird songs (Cake and Sodomy, Prelude (the family trip)) but still, I find myself addicted to this album. The only Manson album I can listen to every track without thinking of skipping a song.

This album is a classic! My favorite songs are Dope Hat and Cyclops.

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7Born Villain

Great album I think one of the best since Holy Wood and deserve a higher place than 8th. All manson albums have their originality and it's impossible to compare them one another. With this album he hit the nail again and we must all thank the universe and the artist himself for not retiring and gave us another wonderful art work. So I take the opportunity and thank Marilyn Manson and encourage everyone to buy this album.

New album and must give it a chance to listen to it more than once, for me it worked after the 3 time. In my opinion I think it deserve a higher place than this. It's full of beautiful poetry/lyrics and fantastic music.

A dark and aggressive comeback to the hardcore side of industrial rock/metal after the more gothic (but still good) albums beforehand, namely The High End Of Low. Reminds me of a much more raw version of Antichrist Superstar.

He brings back the "villain" reputation and transforms it into music. Good music. Good chorus, solos and lyrics that make you feel his feelings.

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8Eat Me, Drink Me

'Eat Me, Drink Me' is something softer around the edges, something fuzzier and more darkly beautiful than past albums; yet, at the same time, it is something far more sinister and bleaker than his past albums, with every mope and gripe and scream raging from a much more personal place.

My absolute favorite MM album. I could listen to it on repeat for weeks. Mechanical Animals is almost equal in my eyes and is the album that got me into the band but Eat Me Drink Me is my favorite.

This is a very different sounding Manson, which is why I think the album is so underrated. I absolutely hated Heart-shaped Glasses at first, but it's a very sexy and detached Manson.

One of my favorite albums

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9The High End of Low

I used to be a big fan, but became disillusioned after Holy Wood. The albums that followed were very lame in my opinion. This is a different kettle of fish. Manson has a wealth of experience in writing tortured songs, but often from a detached perspective. This is very real, largely dealing with his recent divorce. Somehow he has managed to come up with the best break-up album ever, and the pain is very very real. It's not as heavy as the previous few albums, but it's the words that speak volume, some of his best lyrics since Mechanical Animals. Essential for those willing to give him a second chance. 9/10

This is perhaps Manson's most underrated album. Sure it's different from his previous works but those who bash this album don't understand it's concept. It's about transformation and could very well be a concept album. Manson was a different person at the beginning and and of this album and you can definitely tell the difference in the songs. You can hear Manson's personal transformation and healing throught the album. All in all, very underrated with major gems on it.

The High End of Low is aging very well. I think this is Manson's most personal work that deals pretty much directly with his breakup with Rachael Evan Wood. I think this album, along with his reuniting with Twiggy Ramirez was a necessary step of growth in his life. In terms of Manson, this is his most artistic endeavor since Holy Wood (which I have mostly positive thoughts on). I like how he breaks down his public stage persona on this album. A good album all the way through.

Not my ideal Marilyn Manson record, though I wouldn't say it is terrible. I respect him for making this, just not my kind of thing. It's still, I guess fairly good. Standout tracks: Devour, Pretty As A Swastika, Leave A Scar, Four Rusted Horses, Blank and White, We're From America. -

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10Smells Like Children

Possibly the quirkiest and creepiest record the band has ever released, but still an absolute masterpiece. Standout tracks: Diary Of A Dope Fiend, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), I Put A Spell On You, Rock N' Roll N*****. -

The only songs I like are Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This and I Put A Spell On You. No offense to Manson but this is my least favorite album from him.

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The Contenders

11Lest We Forget: The Best of

I don't think a greatest hits album belongs on a list of best albums because it's kind of a cheat. However, since it's here this is his best album because it's all the good stuff from all his other albums.

The Best Album which contains All The Best Songs by MM!

Best manson album I've heard so far

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13Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows
14Lost & Found
15Remix & Repent

Fairly good for a remix album, though not an essential record. Standout tracks: The Horrible People, Dried Up Tied and Dead to the World (Live), Man That You Fear (Acoustic). -

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17The Manson Family Album

The album that started it all.

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