Best Rock Albums of All Time (Excluding Greatest Hits)


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The Top Ten

Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
The greatest rock album ever... But only real rockers could understand it. Why is Guns N' Roses on top? Appetite is a very good album and maybe the best debut album too but it is definitely not the best rock album of all time... And what the hell's linkin park doing on this list?
By far their best album. Why is Escape on here? I mean it's an ok album but NUMBER 1? That's just biased.


Some people say this album is overrated, and I say nay. From what I've seen, Led Zeppelin IV is one of the only albums where every song is pure brilliance.
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2Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses
These were the days when Guns N' Roses were #1. This album was the only reason they were as big as they were. This album is sensational! Legendary!
Best album ever. This should be #1. Axl and Slash rock. Sweet child O mine best song ever!
When Guns and Roses was the best...
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3Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
It is hard to pick between this and Zeppelin IV, but overall as an album the songs are put together so perfectly. This will honestly be the most well spent 42 minutes of your life. And honestly... Journey is alright but it has nothing on Floyd, Zeppelin, Queen, and a bunch of other bands.
Led Zeppelin IV and Night at the Opera are also really epic but this one can really change your mind. The Dark Side of the moon has a concept, a whole lotta great wise lyrics and I love albums that are like a trip into the music.
This album experimented so many sounds, every song fades beautifully into the next one, and its the 2nd most sold album in rock history


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4Nevermind - Nirvana
This is one of the greatest albums with some of the greatest tracks of all time for example. Smells like teen spirit lithium come as you are in bloom drain you polly are all great tracks can't believe kurt killed himself but nirvana will always live on in my heart let it be!
This album changed rock and I'm sorry if you don't know this album you have no TASTE in MUSIC PEOPLE!
This album changed the definition of rock music and introduced a new type of sub genre, grunge, using Kurt's gritty vocals and wasted attitude. Absolute legend.
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5Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
best album ever! This is the album that has made linkin park one of the greatest bands of 21st century!
It deserves number 1 position... No match for chester's voice

6Night at the Opera - Queen
Definitely THE ALBUM you must hear before you die
Clicked the wrong button -. -
You're Joking. This has got to be number 1. Guns and roses absolutely suck compared to Brian May alone! But adding freddy mercury completely blew queen off the top.

7Master of Puppets - Metallica
The Greatest album ever. This album has 5 songs that that just as monumental as the band itself. You can listen to just one song fifty times and it will still sound fresh. Other songs are great too, but can't be compared to other songs in this album. The worst song in this album-Leper Messiah is it self a great song. This album just pushed metal beyond everything. Undoubtedly number 1. And it's dedicated to living memory of The Great CLIFF BURTON.
I think this should be higher, this should be at least in the Top 5
Master NEEDS to be in the top 5!
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8Back in Black - AC/DC
This is the best Rock Album ever, no doubt about that. The whole Album is a masterpiece; especially Hells Bells, Back in Black and You shook me all night long are just brilliant. It's a mystery for me, why it is only on Rank No. 12.
This is the Greatest Album In all the time! AC/DC ROCKS! And they have one of the best albums... Back In Black! This Should be Number 1!
people this is THE BEST rock album the only thing that beat it or could beat it is thriller or if AC/DC came out with a non live greatest hits album
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9The Beatles (The White Album) - The Beatles
This album is the essence of rock'n roll. It has everything, whether it be soft folk-rock to proto hard rock to avante-garde absurdity. It certainly deserves the title of Best Rock album. As pretenders like Nirvana and Guns 'n Roses palie in comparison.
Top 10 list of best rock albums of all time could be easily filled with Beatles albums only. What makes The Beatles (The White Album) outstanding is that this is their only double album, meaning two times more music to enjoy.
No one on this list is even close when it comes to diversity...
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10Escape - Journey

The Contenders

11American Idiot - Green Day
All songs in this album is a masterpiece
Don't wanna be an american idiot tt don't wanna a na tion under the new media T...

12Who's Next - The Who
Come on guys...don't get me wrong, I love Linkin Park. They're my favorite band...but Who's Next is the greatest rock album ever. Vote this at least into the top 10!
Whos next and Quadrophenia are the best Albums ever!

13The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden

14The Doors - The Doors
About half of the bands on this list grew up with posters of The Doors and Jim Morrison tacked up on the wall in their bedroom, basement, or garage.
From Billie Joe Armstrong's swagger, to Freddie Mercury's theatrics, to Kurt Cobain's sullen countenance, to Axl Roses' leather pants; it all started with Morrison.

15Exile On Main St. - The Rolling Stones
Altho not appreciated when it was released, over time, it has become recognised as one of the best Albums ever.. Certainly the best by the Stones

16Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters

17Use Your Illusion I - Guns N Roses

18Quadrophenia - The Who

19Abbey Road - The Beatles

20Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses

21Meteora - Linkin Park
Every song on this album is amazing! How is this not in the top ten and Hybrid Theory is? This Album is Way Better than Hybrid Theory! This Album is a piece of Art!


22Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart

23Dookie - Green Day
I had decisions on what to vote master of puppets by metallica or dookie by green day. I chose this because not all the songs on M.O. P are that good.
Really? 13th?
-Basket Case
-When I Come Around
this IS the BEST album EVER!
Green Day is super sexy
The greatest selling album of all time should deserve a place in the top 10.
Its one of my personal favourites so vote for it guys

24Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt

25Van Halen - Van Halen
This album is much better than #25, At least top 15


26Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

27Metallica - Metallica
This is by far the best album in the history of thw universe, just hear extremely heavy Sad but True, and amazing The Unforgiven (Whoa Whoa).

28American Tragedy - Hollywood Undead

29Faust - Faust

30One Day Remains - Alter Bridge

31Ten - Pearl Jam

32From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria

33The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico

34The Wall - Pink Floyd
How can the wall be 27? Come on people! Another brick in the wall, in the flesh, young lust, etc...

35Tommy - The Who

36Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

37Absolutely Live - The Doors

38Paranoid - Black Sabbath

39Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

40Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

41Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Black Stone Cherry

42Revolver - The Beatles

43Dirty Work - All Time Low

44The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

45Toxicity - System of a Down

46In Utero - Nirvana
Top 10 I mean come on this album is a work of art no matter how messed up it is

47...And Justice for All - Metallica

48Highway to Hell - AC/DC
The votes are for albums where there are no throw away songs. Highway to Hell, and really High Voltage are both in that category.
Highway to Hell is one of the best albums in the history, why is 40th?

49City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
Amazing album... Should be higher...

50Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
It was really good how Jimmy Page and John Jones did all of their guitar stuff in the record; I really liked the one riff on black dog, where it goes up and then it goes down, like a spectrum (CIS scum), and then when the levee breaks was so cool how the drums fed off of the guitars and the screech from Robert was just so intense. Best guitar album of the year: all years

51Hosianna Mantra - Popol Vuh

52Moving Pictures - Rush

53A Night At The Opera - Queen

54Ain't Life Grand - Slash's Snakepit

55Live at the Filmore East - The Allman Brothers
Acknowledge by most fans and music writers alike as the best live recording ever produced (Tom Dowd - Producer) It not only captured the live music of one of the greatest live bands in history but it was recorded at the Church of Rock and Roll - The Fillmore East.

56Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
50th place, seriously? Physical Graffiti is the best album ever! Kashmir, In My Time Of Dying, The Rover, Sick Again, Night Flight... It's just perfect. It has to be at least in the top 15.

57A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park

58Pump - Aerosmith

59Modern Dance - Pere Ubu

60Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

61All the Right Reasons - Nickelback

62The Joshua Tree - U2

63Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

641984 - Van Halen

65Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

66Infest - Papa Roach

67For Those About to Rock We Salute You - AC/DC

68Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi

The only BJ album on the list, so I voted it, though the two best rock albums are American Idiot by Green Day and Have a Nice Day by BJ.

69Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Guns n' Roses and Journey have beat out this and countless others on this list... Please!

70War - U2

71Led Zeppelin ll - Led Zeppelin
Lz at their best

72The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne

73Twin Infinitives - Royal Trux

74Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

75Déjà Vu - Crosby Stills Nash & Young

76Powerslave - Iron Maiden

77Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

78Come Clean - Puddle of Mudd

79Fare Forward Voyagers - John Fahey

80Hysteria - Def Leppard

81One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd

82One by One - Foo Fighters

83Peace Sells Who's Buying? - Megadeth

84Death Magnetic - Metallica

85A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

86Boston - Boston

87Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple
I'm shocked that this album wasn't even on the list let alone not in the top 5. So many average albums listed here and yet this breakthrough masterpiece is totally ignored. Speed King and Child In Time would have been enough to make the album on their own, but the raw intensity of the music and vocals leave most other albums in the shade. No Machine Head on the list either. Another great album but In Rock started the ball rolling and was more in yer face.
The very first hard rock album (no blues, but not metal either) it's so dynamic and raw you put it on and you are practically in the room. Put down more or less live, limited overdubs and finished within weeks. That's how they did back then. Nearly 45 years old too, a genius band.
THIS is the BEST Hard Rock album of all time! (way ahead of Sabbath, Led Zeppelin & Co. ). Shamefully underrated!

88Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols

89Reign In Blood - Slayer

90Hemispheres - Rush

91Desert Shore - Nico

92Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

93Deuce - Rory Gallagher

94Infestissumam - Ghost B.C.

95The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine

96Ecliptica - Sonata Arctica

97Vs. - Pearl Jam

98Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Are you kidding me!? If not for this album most all the others would not exist!

99Blood Sugar Sex Magic - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chili peppers are still good today they will never die


100Warning - Green Day
How the hell is this one not on the list! This is my favorite album from them!
come on!
-Macy's Day Parade
-Brain Stew
And others...
Come on people. This is the best album ever!
Green Day is super sexy.
1 of d best

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