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?
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.
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]This list is so stupid so typical and I hate it

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!
No way is this a number one. Try The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street. KISS Destroyer. Really?
[Newest]Best selling debut album in America

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.
[Newest]Good album, but not Black Sabbath, are they?

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!
Mind blowing album. The best selling debut album in this century
You gotta be kidding me. This should be number 1 hands down.

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
[Newest]Seen 'em live? Seen God's house band? This is it, and this is God's house band giving it 11.

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.
This album influenced so many artists and bands in music today, so this album deserves a higher rating than Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory."

10American Idiot - Green Day
Every song on this album is a masterpiece. This should be at the very least in the top 3. Nothing since this came out is anywhere near it's brilliance. Unbelievable lyrics, music, story and most of all its meaning. Thank God for Green Day!
All songs in this album is a masterpiece
I actually got pissed when this was released. Not because it was bad, but because it was so awesome after 9 years of crap.
[Newest]Number 10? Are you kidding me! This should be top 3 at the very least. Nothing this century comes close to this masterpiece.

The Contenders

11Escape - Journey

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!
People voting for Linkin Park and Green Day? Morons...
Whos next and Quadrophenia are the best Albums ever!

13The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
Awesome album, but its really metal, not rock
Dickinson, Harris, Murray, Smith & Burr... Nothing more to say...
Up The Irons Up to the top 5 list

14Paranoid - Black Sabbath
It's the album that made heavy metal a genre
Paranoid, Ironman, Warpigs etc. Absolute classics of the metal genre and pop culture staples. Play Paranoid!

15The Wall - Pink Floyd
How can the wall be 27? Come on people! Another brick in the wall, in the flesh, young lust, etc...
It tells a great story, better than Linkin Park any day

16The 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.

17Exile 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

18Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
Definitely the Foo's best. Everlong, My Hero, Monkey Wrench, Hey! Johnny Park, and so much more.

19Van Halen - Van Halen
This album is much better than #25, At least top 15


20Abbey 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

21Quadrophenia - 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

22Use Your Illusion I - Guns N Roses

23Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses

24Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

25Revolver - The Beatles
Are you kidding me?! 25?!

26Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Hybrid theory better, American idiot, dookie? Haha come on

27Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart

28Dookie - 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
Why is this no. 28 when it has more votes than some in the top 10. Can't the program designed to place the albums in order count?
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.

29Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

30Highway 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?

31Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

32Moving Pictures - Rush

33Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt

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.

35Deep 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!

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

37American Tragedy - Hollywood Undead

38In Utero - Nirvana
Top 10 I mean come on this album is a work of art no matter how messed up it is

39Faust - Faust

40One Day Remains - Alter Bridge

41From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria

42The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico

43Physical 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.

44Meteora - 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

45Dirty Work - All Time Low

46Avenged 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

47Absolutely Live - The Doors

48Tommy - The Who

49Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Black Stone Cherry

50Led Zeppelin ll - Led Zeppelin
Lz at their best

51The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

52City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
Amazing album... Should be higher...

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

54...And Justice for All - Metallica

55Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

56Led 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.

57Hosianna Mantra - Popol Vuh

58A Night At The Opera - Queen

59Ain't Life Grand - Slash's Snakepit

60Live 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.

61Machine Head - Deep Purple

621984 - Van Halen

63Pump - Aerosmith

64Modern Dance - Pere Ubu

65All the Right Reasons - Nickelback

66The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine

67The Joshua Tree - U2

68Cowboys From Hell - Pantera

69Minutes 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

70Infest - Papa Roach

71For Those About to Rock We Salute You - AC/DC
Not their best album by far.

72Rising - Rainbow

73Keep 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.

74Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Guns n' Roses and Journey have beat out this and countless others on this list... Please!

75Take the Crown - Robbie Williams

76The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne

77Twin Infinitives - Royal Trux

78War - U2

79Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

80Déjà Vu - Crosby Stills Nash & Young

81Nightfall In Middle Earth - Blind Guardian

82Hysteria - Def Leppard

83Never 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...

84Powerslave - Iron Maiden

85Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

86Come Clean - Puddle of Mudd

87Fare Forward Voyagers - John Fahey

88Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen

89A Beautiful Lie - Thirty Seconds to Mars

90One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd

91One by One - Foo Fighters

92Peace Sells Who's Buying? - Megadeth

93Death Magnetic - Metallica

94Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

95London 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.

96A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

97Boston - Boston

98Reign In Blood - Slayer

99Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Are you kidding me!? If not for this album most all the others would not exist!

100Hemispheres - Rush

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