Top Ten Albums You Must Own


The Top Ten

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson

Somewhere someone commented that others have poor taste in music. Some of us like Rock music and not dance. So why would we like this album then and now. I was very much around when this was released and not a kid and I did not like dance music then and I still don't. My taste is my taste and your taste is yours. Personal taste and none are Better. I would not own this particular album because it is dance-pop. Never cared for what's popular just what I like personally. Your taste is no better than mine it's just personal, Get It!

I wish I could own it...I feel so unlucky...

Any Music collection is incomplete without this masterpiece! Haters keep whining about it cause Nobody does it better when it comes to quality of albums. Its not like an album has two or three good songs but every song has to be a potential chartbuster and this guy knew how to have it that way! If anything is over-rated it has to 'nevermind'. What if it broke grounds for grunge it is not even the best grunge album of all time.. Pearl Jam did it better

OMG The King of Pop is the best... Thriller is the best album of all time... Micheal was such an original gifted singer and entertainer... love this album... RIP MJ xoxo - love4mjj

2 Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

Better than the top 3 albums combined. It's an amazing album and a classic. - fidelcanojr

I know that dark side of the moon is starting to feel like a bandwagon album but its easily Floyds best work. - Chris-1

It's a timeless classic and will never get old... It was on the charts for 15 years which is a record... I listen to it once almost every week... And is the best album to get high to!...

One of The longest charting best-sellers isn't in the top 10. WOW! Some people just have no taste. Dark Side is not an album, It's an experience. It's also an experience everyone needs to have.

3 Master of Puppets - Metallica

What metalhead wouldn't own this? None - list1010

A person who likes Ride The Lightning more than Master of Puppets.

One of the greatest albums by one of the greatest bands om the history of music. Has the original Metallica feel to it. There's not a person in the world who wouldn't hear at least one song from it. If you don't own it - shame on you!

Definiately the greatest heavy album of all time (and as heavy is the greatest genre, logic demands that this is the best album) - Psykosauron

Definitely this is the best album of all time. Everybody should have it! The second one is Nevermind from Nirvana!

4 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

Every song is a super-song in this album. you have one of the greatest riffs, an adventure song, stairway to heaven, an easy catchy songs, a super drum song, etc...

This album has everything...the essence of Led Zeppelin. Definitely better than anything Cobain or Nirvana could ever dream of doing. - jfausti

Everyone should own this album.

Great album from a great band

5 Nevermind - Nirvana

People people, where is dark side of the moon, thriller 1, it just makes me hate Michael jackson even more, this is the greatest album of all time

Easily the most overrate album of all time. Almost every song is tasteless, bland, boring, and empty, such as "In Bloom," and "Lithium." These aren't bad songs, in fact, they're pretty good, but they're no where near as good as some of the band's other tracks, such as "School," "Dumb," "Frances Farmer," "Love Buzz," etc. It's a good album, but not the band's best, and certainly not one of the best in history. Their other albums are more raw and meaningful, while most songs on here are poppy and boring. Except "Drain You," "Polly," and "Something in the Way." All of those songs are great. - Alpha101

Haha! Love Nirvana totally deserve to be in top ten, but should be no. 1, Oh well, whatever, NEVERMIND R.I.P. Kurt Cobain, you are god

Some body screw this tasteless jerk with his tasteless followers of Pop Music. Where's The Beatles? Where's Pink Floyd? Where's U2? Invincible was Mj's biggest flop, Thriller is over rated and Who the heck is Sarah Brightman?

6 Abbey Road - The Beatles

The people who voted for ANY of the albums above simply voted for them because it's THEIR favorite or because it's "popular" now. Do you see or did you see 80 year old women buying pop albums like Madonna or 30 Seconds to Mars? No. When the Beatles released an album, EVERYONE loved it. Never ever has there been a band or artist that's come anywhere near how amazing the Beatles were. - BKAllmighty

Things like Abbey Road only happen once a hundred years, a thousand even. It is the finest work by the best musicians of all time.

Honestly this is not the "must" Beatles album because of a few too many duff tracks, the great ending suite of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Your Majesty" notwithstanding. REVOLVER is the true must if only for "Tomorrow Never Knows". - GBrady

This is the Beatles best album. From Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds to Twist and Shout, the Beatles gave it their all for this album. The best songs that you'll ever hear are on this one single album!

7 Every Picture Tell's a Story - Rod Stewart

EPTAS is a masterclass from 1971 how make a variated Rock album.

Every artist on this list, from Abba to Zappa has this album at home.
This album is essential. - phr

8 Moving Pictures - Rush

Eh, personally I think 2112 and Permanent Waves beat this one. Possibly even Clockwork Angels, Hemispheres and A Farewell to Kings as well. - Metarock

Ugh, gag me with a spoon. Rush is my favorite band, but Tom Sawyer sucks. Hemispheres, Signals, 2112, and Permanent Waves are on a completely different level than this. - Brobusky

Moving Pictures should be number 1, or number 2 if you wanna put 2112 ahead of it. It is only 3 guys playing instruments, unlike other bands or artists where they have a gazillion or are just 1 stand alone person who doesn't even write their own music. I'm not gunna say any names, but you know who I'm talking' about.

An embarrassment to Canada. Horrible Noise.

9 Combat Rock - The Clash

Best Band, because they never betrayed theire way of thinking; I'm not marxist, but I believe, like them, in a better world.. "Clash" means true politique

10 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

If you call your self a true metal or rock fan, you have to own this album! How is all this pop and rap junk ahead of Black Sabbath? You people have know knowledge of music. - gibsonrock53

I love all sorts of music, I can listen to the beach boys to Metallica, I'm not just a metal head raving for heavy metal but this album really is special, every song just works, if you have never heard Black Sabbath then just play this, it better than a best of!

Why is so much pop on here. I swear, people need to get over Michael Jackson already, nobody was so obsessed when he was alive. Just like Kurt Cobain and 2pac, he dies, and all of a sudden he's the best artist to ever live. The only differences are Kurt Cobain and 2pac didn't make annoying pop crap music and they actually should be considered to be in top ten of all time, unlike MJ. - HTML_RuleZ_D00D

Not many bands can say " we created and a whole genre "


The Contenders

11 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Way Better Than Master Of Puppets - 12cc

Every song on here is popular and has one of my favorite instrumental song the call of ktula this list has some crappy albums like Michael jackson and Madonna man who cares about pop it make me sick and I have to deal with it because it comes on the radio and I can't even tell if a girl or boy is singing anyways this album has fade to black (my favorite Metallica song) creeping death fight fire with fire and for whom the bell tolls the best Metallica songs and if your a Metallica fan you'll like this album and I like every album but lulu man why do people hate st. anger in my opinion all songs are good but purify and lulu all songs is crap and some don't make sense like on the song cheat on me lou reed says why did I cheat on me what does that mean and junior dad which is 20 min. long is gay. The reason I had this album was because I like lou reed but this album sucked don't get it this and master of puppets is the albums you at least need to own

Eh,...AJFA is better. - Brobusky

12 Awakening - Jackie Evancho


This is a must-have album, by a must-hear singer

Four years ago Jackie stunned everyone who heard her sing. Today Jackie captures the soul so perfectly, every other singer we hear, no matter how wonderful they may be, fails to rise to the level of "The Voice".

Also on PBS pledge-gift DVD. Every song is outstanding. Her duet of "Say Something" with Cheyenne Jackson is simply marvelous. Her playing piano and singing "My Immortal" shows yet another facet of young lady.

13 Dream With Me - Jackie Evancho

Simply amazing performances by a young lady that none of the Billboard Hot100 could even attempt.

The DVD Dream With Me in Concert is remarkable - every song is stunning!

Simply breathtaking. To think that an 11 year old girl could do this is beyond believe. This album is from her first PBS special.

This poll is not about how old the performer is or how long the performer's resume is. It's about whether you are missing something very special if you don't own this album. You are. - BobG

14 Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses

I don't know anyone who doesn't like this album. Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Nightrain, Paradise City, etc. - CaptainComedy17

This list is a joke. The only top-10 albums that deserve to be there are A Beautiful Lie (30 Seconds to Mars), Thriller (MJ), and Nevermind (Nirvana). Where's American Idiot (Green Day), and The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd), and Led Zeppelin I?

This is my album and I believe everyone should own by the time they are 25 along with, slippery when wet, new jersey, back in black plus many more including some I probably haven't even heard

Best Album of all time. This album is real rock n roll. Axl's vocals and Izzy and Slash Steven and Duff all just rock making the best rock band ever.

15 Another Music In a Different Kitchen - The Buzzcocks
16 The White Album - The Beatles

Yes I agree, but definitely the best band ever! How can anyone better this album. Truly brilliant. What a trajedy John is no longer with us. He and Paul were prolific song writers, so talented. Their music will always stand the test of time.

The best album by one of the best bands of all time!

Best album all time

Best of the work

17 Inflammable Material - Stiff Little Fingers

Heartfelt punk, loved it in the day and still do

18 Nevermind the Bollocks - The Sex Pistols

The best punk album of all time. - Brobusky

19 Van Halen - Van Halen

Possibly the greatest debut of all time and one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

20 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

I don't know who you are if you think IRON MAIDEN are a disgrace to rock and metal.

Not the best maiden album. My personal favourite is piece of mind

Better than the 12 above it. Better than the however many below it.

If you are a metalhead or simply just diggin' Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in general, you need this album!

21 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

Great Songs By A Great Band - 12cc

Beautiful songs sung with beautiful voices. Beach Boys'Sgt.Pepper album.

22 A Night at the Opera - Queen

I finally found this at my local music store a couple weeks ago and I picked it up so quick I barely noticed myself doing so. - Metarock

Queen try every trick in the book with this album, crossing all genres of music. Gone is the heavy rock sound of their first two albums. Queen made an album that you just had to hear to believe. It had the quirky ness of Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon; the folky sound of '39; the 1930 sound of Good Company/Seaside Rendezvous and of course the majestic sound of Bohemian Rhapsody; throw in the epic Prophets Song and a bit of rock with Death on Two Legs and you have a masterpiece that still sounds great today. Only one dud track but we can forgive Queen for that - you can work it out.

Not only about the greatest hits, but some hidden gems are in there, too! Seaside Rendezvous, Death On Two Legs, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, '39, Good Company... Fantastic! A must have.

a lot of the Queen Greatest Hits (1) Album came from a night at the Opera - Queen-aholic

23 Songs From the Silver Screen - Jackie Evancho

Another wonderful collection from this gifted prodigy.. Sure to become a classic of transition for Jackie from child to young lady..

Tough to vote when there are two of her albums on the list (Dream With Me at 85). The PBS Great Performances "Music Of The Movies" concert of this album (also hosted by Jackie), is a delight - more so in my humble opinion than this CD. Keep an eye out for her THIRD PBS special later this year.

Actually, all of Jackie's albums are a must have. All of them are important parts of the musical history of our era. Can't wait to puchase Awakening.

Wonderful collection of songs that highlight Miss Evancho's vocal versatility. - BobG

24 Reign in Blood - Slayer

Should be in Top 10 - TrappedInsideIt

25 Heaven Up Here - Echo & the Bunnymen

One of the most influential bands ever. This album is pure heaven

26 Quadrophenia - The Who

If you have quality head phones and stereo you have to listen to this album with the album and liner notes in front of you if possible. - Garjen

27 Back in Black - AC/DC

really? 49 Million albums sold world wide and this is #31?

For anyone who loves hard rock, this is the essential album. I think it should be top 5 on influence alone.

One of the greatest hard rock albums ever! A must own not only for an AC/DC fan, but any rock fan!

At least top 5 please

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28 True Blue - Madonna

Catchy, intriguing, great... record! Love it - Abel123

29 Machine Head - Deep Purple

The greatest album from my most favorite band. This is a very tight band at the peak of its musical productivity. - BobG

30 All Mod Cons - The Jam
31 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I - Michael Jackson



32 Bad - Michael Jackson

Smooth Criminal is in it... AMAZING - SmoothCriminal

Really. Come on!

33 Catch a Fire - Bob Marley
34 Invincible - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is the Ultimate.. His each and every album is better than any one else's. L-O-V-E you forever Michael Jackson, "King of Pop, Rock and Soul", "God of Dance", "King of Music Videos". MJ IS FOREVER.

He was just pop.. Music to be heard, albeit good but not music to be listened to!

35 The Blackening - Machine Head

This is one of the best albums ever released. Probably not as good as the follow up Unto The Locust, but still, one of the best albums ever released from any genre.

One of the (if not THE) best Metal Album of the 21st Century! - TrappedInsideIt

36 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

The very fact that this album currently ranks number 36 discredits the list to which it belongs. Whether you cite historical importance, countless artists whom it has influenced, artistic innovation or simply the quality music therein, there are no shortage of reasons why not to own this album.

While Sgt. Pepper is not my favorite Beatles album, there is no doubt that such a famous, iconic, and beloved album as this should most definitely belong in your collection. No matter what your opinion on it is, it is essential nonetheless.

An unforgettable music experience-let's put it like that

How is this not #1? It sure should be. - Beatlesboy9

37 Who's Next - The Who
38 18 - Moby
39 Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas

...And Who Added This? - 12cc

40 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
41 Power - Nekrogoblikon
42 Two Sevens Clash - Culture
43 Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd
44 Greatest Hits - The Doors
45 Sacrament - Lamb of God
46 Elephunk - Black Eyed Peas
47 Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1992-2001) - Barenaked Ladies
48 The Wall - Pink Floyd

Ok, Michael Jackson's Thriller can't measure up to the Wall. Although I would listen to the Dark side of the Moon over the Wall, I would still own this over anything on here. This is the greatest concept album of all time.

One of the greatest album of all time! An album that you have to listen to before you die

The only album that makes you truly feel the authors pain in it.
My favorite album ever.

Absolute perfection. Truly shows the genius of Roger Waters in 2 discs. Mind-blowing.

49 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

Amazing album, should be in the top ten...

This is the best album I've ever heard

50 Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
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1. Combat Rock - The Clash
2. Another Music In a Different Kitchen - The Buzzcocks
3. Inflammable Material - Stiff Little Fingers
1. Moving Pictures - Rush
2. Van Halen - Van Halen
3. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
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