Best Rock Albums of All Time (Excluding Greatest Hits)


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The Top Ten

Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin. Country musicians. Blues musicians. Rock musicians. The band with the greatest drummer of all time, one of the greatest guitarists and possibly the best lead singer. Oh, and John Paul Jones - a one man band who gave Zep the edge and yet is often overlooked. Bit like a cake mix, they're outstanding on their own, but mix 'em together and you have something far, far superior. Best band ever.
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.


[Newest]I like houses of the holy more but this is good too

2Dark 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


[Newest]Surely one of the top three albums of anyone's list?

3Appetite 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...

4Nevermind - Nirvana
This album changed rock and I'm sorry if you don't know this album you have no TASTE in MUSIC PEOPLE!
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 the definition of rock music and introduced a new type of sub genre, grunge, using Kurt's gritty vocals and wasted attitude. Absolute legend.
[Newest]I can understand Led Zepplin ahead of this but not G'nR. I like them but not as much as Nirvana. This album went diamond and changed an entire genre in rock n roll


5Night at the Opera - Queen
Definitely THE ALBUM you must hear before you die
Clicked the wrong button -. -
Nothing needs to be said.

6Hybrid 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
Mind blowing album. The best selling debut album in this century
[Newest]It changed my whole life.

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.
How can Hybrid Theory be above the greatest album of all time? Master Of Puppets is the best album ever created! 8 songs, 8 masterpieces, 8 gifts from heaven.


I think this should be higher, this should be at least in the Top 5

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

9The Beatles (The White Album) - The Beatles
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.
The Beatles are not just one of the best rock acts of all time: they are considered to be some of the greatest musicians of all time. Surely, their works should be more represented on this list.
No one on this list is even close when it comes to diversity...

10American Idiot - Green Day
I actually got pissed when this was released. Not because it was bad, but because it was so awesome after 9 years of crap.
All songs in this album is a masterpiece
This album is perfect!

The Contenders

11Who'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!

12Escape - Journey

13The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
Dickinson, Harris, Murray, Smith & Burr... Nothing more to say...
Up The Irons Up to the top 5 list

14The Wall - Pink Floyd
How can the wall be 27? Come on people! Another brick in the wall, in the flesh, young lust, etc...

15The 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.

16Exile 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

17Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
Definitely the Foo's best. Everlong, My Hero, Monkey Wrench, Hey! Johnny Park, and so much more.

18Quadrophenia - The Who
A brilliant work of art, start to finish.
Unquestionably the finest collection of rock songs on this double album without a letdown from 1-21. the writing is prolific, the vocals are mesmarizing, moons drumming is dominating, the guitar work is solid. the production value is perfect. simply the best rock ever recorded. at over 40 yrs old it has proven to be timeless

19Paranoid - Black Sabbath
It's the album that made heavy metal a genre

20Use Your Illusion I - Guns N Roses

21Abbey Road - The Beatles
The greatest albums of all time.. Abbey Road, Sgt Pepper, Revolver, Dark Side Of The Moon, Rumors, Nevermind, A Night At The Opera, The White Album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Wall, Led Zep 4, The Stranger, Exile On Main Street, Born To Run, Rubber Soul, Band On The Run, Imagine, Tug Of War, Pet Sounds, Captain Fantastic, Songs In The Key Of Life, Plastic Ono Band, Frampton Comes Alive, Venus and Mars, Boston, Tommy...


This album is the best thing to sex

22Van Halen - Van Halen
This album is much better than #25, At least top 15


23Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses

24Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Hybrid theory better, American idiot, dookie? Haha come on

25Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

26Revolver - The Beatles

27Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart

28Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

29Highway 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?

30Dookie - Green Day
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
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

31Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt

32Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

33Moving Pictures - Rush

34Metallica - 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).
This album and acdc's back in black album are my 2 favorite albums.

35American Tragedy - Hollywood Undead

36Ten - Pearl Jam
This is way to low! Would normally vote for led zeppelin 2 but this is insanely low

37Faust - Faust

38One Day Remains - Alter Bridge

39From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria

40The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico

41Physical 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.

42Meteora - 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!


The second best album ever after hxbrid theory

43Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
Brilliant album there's not a single song on this albums that couldn't listen too over and over again would be top 10 or 5

44Absolutely Live - The Doors

45Dirty Work - All Time Low

46Tommy - The Who

47Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Black Stone Cherry

48Led Zeppelin ll - Led Zeppelin
Lz at their best

49The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

50City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
Amazing album... Should be higher...

51In Utero - Nirvana
Top 10 I mean come on this album is a work of art no matter how messed up it is

52...And Justice for All - Metallica

53A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
This album is truly a masterpiece... highly underrated... Linkin Park at its best... !

54Led 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
Love it, but um, IV is already on the list, currently has the top spot.

55Hosianna Mantra - Popol Vuh

56A Night At The Opera - Queen

57Ain't Life Grand - Slash's Snakepit

58Live 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.

591984 - Van Halen

60Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

61Pump - Aerosmith

62Modern Dance - Pere Ubu

63All the Right Reasons - Nickelback

64The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine

65The Joshua Tree - U2

66Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

67Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park
What the hell. No 68. All the songs like what I've done, leave out all the rest. Is best. This should be at least top ten

68Deep 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!

69Infest - Papa Roach

70For Those About to Rock We Salute You - AC/DC
Not their best album by far.

71Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Guns n' Roses and Journey have beat out this and countless others on this list... Please!

72Keep 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.

73The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne

74Twin Infinitives - Royal Trux

75Déjà Vu - Crosby Stills Nash & Young

76War - U2

77Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

78Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
Never mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols and Nevermind by Nirvana are the 2 greatest albums ever. This album should be in the top ten or 5 but greatness always suffers to lower quality commercialism...

79Powerslave - Iron Maiden

80Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

81Hysteria - Def Leppard

82Come Clean - Puddle of Mudd

83Fare Forward Voyagers - John Fahey

84A Beautiful Lie - Thirty Seconds to Mars

85One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd

86One by One - Foo Fighters

87Peace Sells Who's Buying? - Megadeth

88Take the Crown - Robbie Williams

89Death Magnetic - Metallica

90Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

91London Calling - The Clash
This album, with Velvet Underground and Nico, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, electric warrior, remain in light, my aim is true, transformer, and look sharp should be in the top ten!
Pioneers of punk. Amazing album and should be ahead of any linkin park, green day, or 30 seconds to mars albums.

92A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

93Boston - Boston

94Reign In Blood - Slayer

95Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Are you kidding me!? If not for this album most all the others would not exist!

96Hemispheres - Rush

97Desert Shore - Nico

98Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

99Deuce - Rory Gallagher

100Infestissumam - Ghost B.C.

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This list was created 5 years, 351 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list contains 279 items, has been remixed 20 times.

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