Best Studio Albums of All Time Excluding Debut Albums

This is a list of the best studio albums which were not the band's first studio album released.

The Top Ten

1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

A true waste of a list. Several titles like Sgt. Pepper, Revolver, and Highway 61, that are generally considered to be the greatest albums of all time are far down in the rankings, and do not appear to have received a single vote beyond the original nomination.

This was their refined second album which sounded amazing while also being thrash metal and all at the same time, having some of the best songs of all time with amazing riffs, solos, and vocals. It deserves to be #1. - Songsta41

This Is best album ever - Disturbedpotato


2 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

This has their most popular (generally known and liked) song Run to the Hills, and their best song of all time, the fan favorite Hallowed be thy Name. Even after that, there are more amazing songs like Children of the Damned, The Number of the Beast, 22 Acacia Avenue, the Prisoner, and Invaders. Total eclipse and Gangland are very good too. - Songsta41

3 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

Amazing musicianship and a thrash metal classic

4 El Camino - The Black Keys
5 Origin of Symmetry - Muse

I feel so stupid... I thought this was their debut. - IronSabbathPriest

6 Z - My Morning Jacket
7 Vs. - Pearl Jam

This album is fantastic. It deserves as much attention as Ten gets - LizardKing99

8 The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
9 It Still Moves - My Morning Jacket
10 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

11 Nevermind - Nirvana
12 Somewhere In Time - Iron Maiden
13 Back In Black - AC/DC
14 Iowa - Slipknot
15 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
16 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes of a Memory - Dream Theater
17 The Beatles (The White Album) - The Beatles
18 Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones
19 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
20 Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues
21 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
22 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
23 Abbey Road - The Beatles
24 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
25 Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) - Marilyn Manson
26 The Wall - Pink Floyd
27 The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails
28 American Idiot - Green Day
29 Revolver - The Beatles
30 After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
31 Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan
32 Escapology - Robbie Williams
33 Intensive Care - Robbie Williams
34 Rubber Soul - The Beatles
35 Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs - Ministry
36 Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson
37 Toxicity - System of a Down
38 Master of Puppets - Metallica
39 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
40 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
41 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
42 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
43 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
44 Close to the Edge - Yes
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