Top Ten Rock Opera/Concept Albums


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1Animals - Pink Floyd

When people ask me what my favourite Pink Floyd album is, I always say Animals. Every song is great in it's own way, and every song compares us to Animals. Bit like the three classes. - IronSabbathPriest

I agree completely. While it doesn't stand up to Piper, Saucerful, and Dark Side, Animals is far better than The Wall. Plus, it doesn't stray from the "concept" like so many albums do. - PetSounds

2Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater

I don't think I've ever listened to an album so gripping and sad than this. Every song stands out, and there are several musical and lyrical references to the song "Metropolis Pt.1". So please, before voting blindly for The Wall, listen to this first. - IronSabbathPriest

3Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden

Written about prophets and madness, every song is great - especially the title track. My favourite Iron Maiden song. - IronSabbathPriest

Thanks for listening, peasants

4The Wall - Pink Floyd

Don't kill me for putting this 6th. It's a damn good album, but I've always prefered Animals. - IronSabbathPriest

5Horror Show - Iced Earth

Every song is about monsters, killers, and other historical people. Some song examples: Dracula, Frankenstein, Transylvania (Iron Maiden cover) etc. - IronSabbathPriest

6Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Queensryche went slowly downhill after Promised Land and the departure of Chris Degarmo. But this is one of the classics. - IronSabbathPriest

7Tommy - The Who

My favourite album by The Who. The story is really cool. - IronSabbathPriest

8The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Did I write it correctly? - IronSabbathPriest

9Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

No worries, my friend. While it's my all-time favourite album, I don't really think its concept holds up as well as most of the others on this list. - PetSounds

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10Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian

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?American Idiot - Green Day
?Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
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The Contenders

11Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
12Quadrophenia - The Who

Yeah... Just like me to put rock at the end. - IronSabbathPriest

1301011001 - Ayreon

Great music, great story!

14Streets - Savatage

Great band, great album - Shake_n_Bake13

15Dead Winter Dead - Savatage
16The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
17The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
18The Metal Opera - Avantasia
19The Who Sell Out - The Who
20Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
2. Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
3. Horror Show - Iced Earth
1. Animals - Pink Floyd
2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
3. The Wall - Pink Floyd
1. Animals - Pink Floyd
2. Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater
3. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

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