Albums You Would Add to Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time


The Top Ten

1 In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson

It must be on the top 10!

This is, without a doubt, far and away, without a question, the greatest album of all time. Greater than Dark Side of the Moon, greater than any Beatles album. King Crimson's premier masterpiece not only lays the foundation for progressive rock with experimentation, it uses a wide range of astounding sounding instruments, the song structures and lyrics are intense and like nothing else ever, and the chord progressions leave nothing else to be desired. An absolutely epic album that always dodges hype and popularity due to its peculiarity and originality. I love it that way, and I continue to hope it stays that way. Long live the Crimson King.

Unbelievable if this is not in the top 500!


2 Machine Head - Deep Purple

A classic, but imperfect. Not quite good enough to make it on in my opinion. - ThatDudeRoss

3 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
4 Ride the Lighting - Metallica

Yes. - ThatDudeRoss

5 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
6 Reckless - Bryan Adams

I adore this album - definitely one of the greatest ever! Critics always forget about this masterpiece while making their polls and charts - Irina2932

Great album all the way through, I usually have to skip a song or two on an album but with this one I don't, every single song is great

7 Reign in Blood - Slayer
8 In Rock - Deep Purple
9 True Blue - Madonna

When it comes to name Madonna's best albums, they always bring "Like A Prayer" and "Ray of Light". Both albums are fantastic but "True Blue" is even better. It gave us 'La Isla Bonita', 'Papa Don't Preach', 'Live to Tell' and 'Open Your Heart' - Irina2932

10 Nightfall in Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian

The Contenders

11 Homogenic - Bjork

"Post" received a credit but what about this masterpiece? - Irina2932

12 Animals - Pink Floyd

Worthy of a spot on there. - ThatDudeRoss

This wasn't on!?! 1 - SammySpore

13 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Genesis

This album is real journey to another world - very deep, emotional and so adventurous - Irina2932

It's a shame that there are almost no prog albums on the list (except jethro tull and Pink Floyd)

14 I'm Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston

I would give everything to this melodious album. The title track, "All the Man That I Need", "Miracle", "My Name Is Not Susan" and "I Belong to You" were fantastic singles - Irina2932

15 Painkiller - Judas Priest
16 Pump - Aerosmith

They gave credits to Toys In the Attic and Rocks but this one is no less impressive. "Janie's Got a Gun", "Love in an Elevator", "What It Takes", "F.I.N.E. ", "The Other Side", "Monkey on My Back" were released as singles - Irina2932

17 Sehnsucht - Rammstein

Even with Rammstein being a German band singing in their mother language, it is a music group that is well known all over the globe and recieved almost universal acclaim for every album they released. It is not fair ignoring this huge band whose music has a massive fanbase on every continent no matter if they can understand the lyrics - which, by the way, have the unique ability to perfectly combine the quality and structure of classic literature and poems with almost vulgar or horrifyingly violent content, therefore developing a storytelling similar to traditional tales but with dark topics. However, this album's style of lyricsm is unusually graphic and straightforward for the band.
"Sehnsucht", along with "Mutter", is generally seen as Rammstein's best and greatest album, and also includes 2 of their most well known songs, "Engel" and "Du hast". - Martin_Canine

18 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
19 Kick - INXS

How is this not a top 500 album of all time? This album is better than a lot on the top 500 list

6 guys outta AUSTRALIA take over the world... Isn't that epic enough?

This is the Album that made them world famous.

Greatest Aussie albums ever! - Monners55

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20 Century Child - Nightwish

In the USA, they are not the biggest band, but in several European countries, it is a fact that whenever Nightwish release new material, it immediately tops the charts and becomes a musical blockbuster. They are not a band that get too much airplay, that is due to them not being mainstream pop but symphonic metal, but nevertheless their music is well known at least all over Middle Europe. Much of this success is due to this album, "Century Child", which not only is my personal favourite work by them (a concept album about the loss of innocence, with groundbreaking lyrics and a sentimental tone to it), it also was the first to enter the international market outside of their home country Finland. The singles "Bless the Child" and "Ever Dream" became huge hits e.g. in Germany and the album itself, which contains 10 excellently thought out songs, can be considered their Europe-wide breakthrough. Plus, for me it is the best record of the 2000s. - Martin_Canine

21 Scream - Tokio Hotel

One thing the Rolling Stone list misses is taking a look at the Non-English speaking market. Yes, there were Björk, Kraftwerk and ABBA, but several influential bands that weren't American or British were simply ignored.

Not only were they probably the most influential German band of the 2000s, until their hiatus from 2010 to 2014 (in Germany, "Kings of Suburbi" was a bomb, it was more successful in other countries), having their musical style as well as Bill's appearance copied both by bands and youths alike, they also became big in other countries all over the world, including the USA and Japan. They have a huge international and very devoted fanbase and their English language debut "Scream" (a compilation that features accurately translated English versions of songs from their first two German language albums) received positive reviews in several countries - actually, Rolling Stone's 3-and-a-half-stars review is way more enthusiastic than what they wrote ...more - Martin_Canine

22 Heaven On Earth - Belinda Carlisle

One of the greatest albums in pop industry. Singles "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", "Circle in the Sand" and "I Get Weak" were/are memorable - Irina2932

23 Cold Fact - Rodriguez

Everyone who has seen "Searching for Sugar Man" knows this forgotten masterpiece all too well. If only the documentary was released earlier, maybe it would have made it onto that list. "Cold Fact" deserves to be a classic. In every way. It needs to be in one list with "Nevermind" or "The Wall". Actually, most South Africans would add it to a list of the greatest classics of music history without hesitating, as there it is considered a must-hear album for everyone. But neither in the States nor in Europe Rodriguez has been given the credit he deserves. The first of only two albums the American singer-songwriter released in the early 70s, this disc contains 12 songs of strong melody, perfectly blending folk with rock with 70s pop and more (for folk, there are too many instruments), with lyrics that feature themes of drug addiction, self pity, angst, rebellion and more in the most poetic of ways. It is simply an album that is perfect in every way that wouldn't have lost any of its charms ...more - Martin_Canine

24 Secrets - Toni Braxton

Thanks to this album, she became one of the most important artists of the 90's - Irina2932

25 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

This album deserves to be on there for it's influence alone.

26 Close to the Edge - Yes

Prog rock was almost completely ignored in their top 500. This album is a work of art and should be in the top 100.

Way too much classic prog got left off! - ThatDudeRoss

How did they not put Fragile in the list...Its complete joke

27 Definitely Maybe - Oasis

Rolling Stone magazine is a joke if DM wasn't on the list! - Monners55

28 Rising - Rainbow
29 Once - Nightwish
30 Fallen - Evanescence
31 The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists
32 Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull

Yes. This was on their top progressive rock albums, but not on the top 500. - JoLeKosovo

I am absolutely flabbergasted.
This may well be the best album of all time.
Shame on you, Rolling Stone voters.

Agreed, Poetry, Art, Ian Anderson Is Genius. Definitely One Of The Greatest Albums Of All Time For Sure.

33 Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin

Probably the worst album from the great record streak they had from 69-75, but awesome in its own right and an integral step in their discography. - ThatDudeRoss

34 Moving Pictures - Rush

Yes! Their best record. Rolling Stone could've at LEAST give this one a space. - ThatDudeRoss

35 Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon

Should totally be in the top 50

Should be in the top 50!

36 Selling England by the Pound - Genesis

A masterpiece"!

37 Love at First Sting - Scorpions

Wonderful Heavy Metal/Hard Rock album. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Still Loving You" are marvelous songs. The whole album is fantastic - Irina2932

38 Images and Words - Dream Theater
39 The Eminem Show - Eminem
40 This Timeless Turning - Sky Cries Mary

The most original band to come around in the last 25 years. Psychedelic or Space Rock at it's finest. A band from Seattle but nowhere near the Seattle "sound". Much more complex and fullfilling. Don't Forget The Sky, Scapegoat, Deep Sunless Sea are favorites, but the highlight for me is the near 15 minute 4:00 AM. Such an underrated band that should be known more. - Madman007

41 Come On Over - Shania Twain

This powerful woman put Country music on much higher level with this album. So many brilliant hits were released - "You're Still the One", "From This Moment on", "That Don't Impress Me Much", "Man! I Feel Like a Woman! ", "Don't Be Stupid"... To name a few - Irina2932

42 Pawn Hearts - Van der Graaf Generator
43 Who Are You - The Who
44 Queen II - Queen

The list was a bit Queen deficient. - ThatDudeRoss

If other greatest hit albums are included, how could Queen's not be? Personally, no greatest hits, anthology, best of, or live album should be allowed to be included.

45 Ill Communication - Beastie Boys
46 Section.80 - Kendrick Lamar
47 Discovery - Daft Punk
48 Songs About Jane - Maroon 5
49 Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock
50 We're Only In It for the Money - Frank Zappa
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Top Remixes

1. Century Child - Nightwish
2. Scream - Tokio Hotel
3. Sehnsucht - Rammstein
1. Reckless - Bryan Adams
2. True Blue - Madonna
3. I'm Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston
1. At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Machine Head - Deep Purple
3. Ride the Lighting - Metallica


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