Best Albums of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Product Image

Thriller: over-rated...
Becoming: Who in gods name is sarah geronimo and why the hell is she on this list.
A-ha: 80's band that never made a good album in their life. '

I think it is obvious that Dark Side of the Moon is a timeless album, a true classic, that is far superios to any other albums on this list. Definitely should be Number 1.

A-ha's albums are great! There's no need to diss other albums to explain why you think the dark side of the moon is the best.

This album was on the charts for like 100 years straight... It's gotta be #1.

So if there was another album that was on the charts for 101 years should it be #1?

Its deep and sounds amazing nothing like it. The songwriting as has meaning and the album as a whole feels like it was written with more of a purpose then just to make people dance but instead to make them think. Its crazy money gets played on the radio when its about corporate greed

Just no. It's boring, generic, and just a bad album overall. I prefer Thriller

The greatest album of all time! It's a reflection on the tragedies of life and human insanity. It may not be the album with the most hit songs. It's so consistent though, and the timing and order of which the songs are in is perfect. The lyrics on the song Time are incredible. Money is an upbeat song with an incredible saxophone/guitar solo in the middle. I also love A Great Gig In The Sky. The piano melody is beautiful, and the vocal solo is so complicated. Us And Them has a great dramatic tune. I could go on and on, but I'm just gonna say this album perfectly deserves it's number 1 spot.

2 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Product Image

Sgt. Pepper made an artistic statement in a music that was NEVER considered art before. Language, fashion, artistic awareness and MUSIC ITSELF changed dramatically after it's release! Sgt. Pepper was a McCartney concept where by The Beatles took on an alter persona... This, in McCartney's mind, would "free" them from any / all "molds" created by the band prior... Lending a unique objectivity and experimentation to their process. The result WAS and REMAINS a landmark MASTERPIECE! The FIRST true "concept" album for sure! Of course the production, performances and COMPOSITIONS were WAY BEYOND "state of the art"! Beautiful, creative, melodic, defiant, edgy and GROUND BREAKING! How The Beatles "love to turn you on"!... Funny side note: did you know that Meter Maids were NEVER called Meter Maids until "Lovely Rita"?... Did you know on "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" recording tape was actually CUT and randomly put ...more

This album is the one that changed the face of music more than any other album. It virtually created the term "art rock" and brought rock to be respected. The innovation on this album led to practically every other album on this list. Whether it be the studio amazement on "Dark Side Of The Moon" or even the work with the orchestra on "S&M" The Beatles started it all here. If you wanna hear good work with an orchestra, then listen to "A Day In The Life. " You'll get some good playing there. Without Sgt Pepper, rock as we know it wouldn't even exist.

This album has what Dark Side has (Great Concept) mixed with Revolver (Super string individual tracks). It annoys me when people say this album doesn't have a concept...Yes it does! I feel it as a fictional live band that takes you on the massive journey of music and takes you back on the reprise and of ending with the Apocalypse ending A Day In The Life This album is the best ever! Top 5 tracks:

1. A Day In The Life
2. Shes Leaving Home
3. Getting Better
4. With A Little Help From My Friends
5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Sgt. Pepper's lonely Hearts Club Band was a pioneer. The music can never be duplicated due to the sound systems they created. Not even great music engineers can figure out how they created these sounds. Also, not only did it have smash hits like sgt. Pepper's, lucy in the sky with diamonds, a day in the life, but also other cracking songs. Every song on this album was just a masterpiece! And in one word, this album is just 'INCOMPARABLE'!

3 Abbey Road - The Beatles Abbey Road - The Beatles Product Image

I cannot begin to describe how perfect this album is. The second half is one of the most brilliantly conceived pieces of art ever recorded, ending with Harrison's gorgeous Here Comes the Sun and (ignoring Her Majesty), finishes with one of the greatest album closers ever, The End, which manages to feel like an entire live show compressed into two minutes. It even features Ringo's only drum solo. On the first half, other iconic Beatles tunes like Come Together and Something are featured, along with perhaps the first progressive metal song ever, I Want You (She's So Heavy). Oh and then there's the only Beatles song Ringo ever fully wrote, the delightfully hummable Octopus' Garden. Whilst The Beatles touring days were long behind them at this point, this album really has a somewhat live album feel in terms of it being a musical journey across the types of genres the band were capable of, and having that excitement you get at the start of a live show and that feeling of closure at the ...more

This should be higher than Sgt Pepper's. It's way more consistent, and the Abbey Road medley is like nothing else in music history. This has got such a large variety of songs, while the chord progressions on a lot of the songs on Sgt. Pepper's are the same.

A beautiful album to listen to non-stop, while with the person you love most

This is my second favorite album, My first being one that I like that everyone would hate. Also that one doesn't stand the test of time like this one does. This album is truly a masterwork that only gets better with repeated listens. It has flows perfectly, and is far more versatile and emotionally balanced than Sgt. Pepper. This album is too perfect showing how awesome the Beatles truly are.

4 Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) - Led Zeppelin Product Image

Led Zeppelin IV was, is and always will be a timeless masterpiece. It set a standard for rock music which still has never been equaled or surpassed. It had a genius marketing campaign: the album has no official pronounceable title, the band or label name was not printed on the cover, only the song listing, mysterious pictures of an old hermit and the lyrics for "Stairway to Heaven", signifying that names don't matter, only the music. The production quality is crystal clear and even Led Zeppelin themselves couldn't replicate this sound afterwards and every song is a masterpiece although the side 2 of the album is often overlooked. It's one of the best selling albums of all time and is the 3rd best-selling album in the USA. If this album doesn't rank as the best, or at least one of the top ten, I seriously question the musical taste of the people here.

Even though my favorite Led Zeppelin album is Houses Of The Holy, this one is certainly their best. Black Dog is the sexiest riff ever, and Robert Plant's vocals on it are insane. It's the perfect opening to an album. Rock And Roll is a catchy song as well. Stairway To Heaven... well it's something else. It's the most beautiful song I've ever listened to. The riff on Misty Mountain Top is really catchy, and Going To California is great as well.

Take away Stairway to Heaven and this still is Top 5 ... Black Dog, Rock and Roll, Going to California, When the Levee Breaks, etc.

Who can argue with the creator of modern music? Well only Led Zeppelin himself together with this album

5 Revolver - The Beatles Revolver - The Beatles Product Image

1. "Taxman" - stunning opening about 95% taxes
2. "Eleanor Rigby" - orchestra awesome
3. "I'm Only Sleeping" - sleepy acoustic
4. "Love You To" - Eastern-sounding: sitars, tabla
5. "Here, There and Everywhere" - really good
6. "Yellow Submarine" - very good
7. "She Said She Said" - awesome rock guitars
8. "Good Day Sunshine" - nice piano
9. "And Your Bird Can Sing" - absolute rocker
10. "For No One" - good
11. "Doctor Robert" - interesting medicines
12. "I Want to Tell You" - nice song
13. "Got to Get You into My Life" - jazzy
14. "Tomorrow Never Knows" - make you feel stoned

Let's do this. (pops knuckles)

Taxman- A great opener, a rock song to get you pumped for the rest of the album. Rich man's complaint.

Eleanor Rigby- beautiful song with sad but not artificial lyrics, and that orchestra.

I'm Only Sleeping- A catchy song without any fluff. Has a mix of the experimental backwards guitar solos and the catchy pop chorus.

Love You To- The big papa to Within You, Without You. Instruments are interesting and "zany." (Why did I say that?)

Here, There, and Everywhere- My favorite song of all time. Goes through all three name parts, each one with a transition from the oncoming verse. Amazing love ballad. And the instruments... A need a moment

Yellow Submarine- A great follow-up song to the ballad, this fun song was clearly meant for kids, but is made in a way that can be enjoyable for adults too. The sound effects make it sound like you're on a pleasure cruise.

She Said, She Said- Kicks you right in the ...more

I consider this album far superior to sgt peppers and abbey road. Sure, they both have some amazing songs on them, but never before have I seen an album so consistant and amazingly well done. Meanwhile, sgt peppers has some pretty bad songs, (For the benefit, Fixing a Hole, Sgt Pepper Reprise) and sounds partially dated. Abbey Road has some good songs too, and has some of the most underrated songs of all time, (Golden Slumbers, anyone? ) but the length ruins it. Songs like sun king are just plain bad, and polathem pam (can't spell it lol) are ruined by how far away John's voice sounds. He had so many throw-away songs that ended up on this album. Octopus is in my opinion one of Ringo's worst songs, and Her Majesty leaves the last album on a pathetic trombone instead of on a great note. Most of the songwriting on those albums are lazy, as seen on Oh, Darling, where they couldn't think of more lyrics so they just repeated an already used line... IN A VERSE. Revolver was the last album ...more

The reprise was only there to fade out from "Good Morning Good Morning" and into "A Day in the Life"

Good songs but no one song is famous. All are long forgotten. Should be in top 50.

6 Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Product Image

I've been searching for "best songs ever made" lately, and I was terribly disappointed to see that on so many lists there is no Michael Jackson! This is outrageous! One of the best pop singers in the world deserves more than that. This is the man that made a dancing and singing revolution, a man who was years ahead of his time, a man who amazed the world with his voice, performance, songs... This man was and always will be a GENIUS! He deserves to be number 1

Best song ever? You can not rival Bohemian Rhapsody by no means.

The best selling album of all time. Why try and debate that? Excellent album. Just about every song is "single-worthy". This is some of the greatest music ever made.

Come on it doesn't deserve 32% it deserves 101%

Even after 30 yrs of its release, it still remains the largest selling album released in history
I am speechless to describe how much I like this album in fact each and every album and single he released in his life

Mike rocks forever!

Of course I voted for thriller - it's by Michael Jackson the KING of pop.

7 The Wall - Pink Floyd The Wall - Pink Floyd Product Image

You can never really treat this album as a series of songs, that you can skip through and listen to at ease. You have to start from the beginning, and then work your way through the whole thing. It tells such a shocking, sad tale, about a descent into pure madness. I've never heard anything so emotionally involved or so incredible in my life. They took music, and they turned it into a real work of art. It's timeless and ageless; and if you haven't heard it before, if ever you have a couple of hours on your hands, just pop it in, shut your eyes, and listen to its story.

The second of Pink Floyd on this list. While I do enjoy "The Dark Side of the Moon" very much, there is nothing like "The Wall", especially if you've seen the movie. There is no other album that screams a story like this one, it is over-flowed by inspiration combined with Water's exceptional writing skills and Gilmour's guitar.

Possibly one of the very few albums on this list based on actual events, The Wall dives into the isolated life of a rock star who endured a cheating wife, abusive school teachers, an overprotective mother, and his father dying in World War II. Pink winds up building a metophorical "wall" in order to keep the world around him out. Containing some of Pink Floyd's grandest songs (Another Brick in the Wall, Young Lust, Hey You, Run Like Hell, The Trial, and of course, Comfortably Numb), The Wall is an album you truly have to listen to from beginning to end in order to get the story of it all.

The wall is such an amazing listen. If you're going to listen to this album listen to it from beginning to end. It truly is an amazing experience.

8 A Night at the Opera - Queen A Night at the Opera - Queen Product Image

I seriously am in love with Freddie mercury. But when voting on these things they have so many of my favorite bands. I love... Wait for it Nirvana, Beetles, Guns N Roses, Green day, Metallica. AC DC and muse if you had trouble keeping up don't worry! Your not alone that's me too! But queen really speaks to me you know. They got me through some hard times and Honestly, I don't really feel like typing much more but if you really wanna hear about it go to top of the page where it has all the other things you can choose from. Go to most popular choose best singers of all time then go to freddie mercury number 2 OHYEAH! Then go to more comments about freddie mercury go to newest and look for the really super long one compared to all the others and that's me. Sorry I'm a really bad blabbermouth I'll go on and on and on about nothing in particular... Kinda like I am now. Okay so yeah just a recap love freddie mercury a lot kinda confused about what I like outside of queen but for me that's ...more

I'll vote for queen, not just for Freddie, that's not the point of a best album list

This album is simply the best. It is just parfectly balanced, unique, bombastic, deeply personal and technically brilliant. Fron the outset, this album speaks differently - Death on Two Legs is devastatingly poignant, sharp in tone and voice and underpinned by May's needle-pointed guitar riffs. From there the album moves between lightly jovial in Lazing and Seaside and bubblingly joyful in Best Friend to emotionally strung in the beautiful melodies of Love of My Life; from the crazy rock of Sweet Lady to the Prog rock part acapella Prophet; and at its heart, a brilliantly clever, sad and astrophysical epic in 39, which predates such movies as Interstellar by some 40 years.

And then, once all that is done, once the last chord of Good Company rings out and where most albums fail in giving a sense of finality and instead leave you with a wishful disappointment, you hear the iconic voices. Quietly, almost whispering, you hear That first line and no matter how many times you've ...more

This album is an adventure. It's all over the place, but that's why it's so outstanding.

We all know Bohemian Rhapsody and stuff... but Queen had other good songs on this album, too! They had Seaside Rendezvous, which is catchy and You're My Best Friend, which is also catchy. Also, who the hell put 900 rock albums on here and only put one Queen album? I mean according to Spotify I am in the top 3 percent of favorite listeners of Queen, but seriously.

9 Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

What's wrong with you people? Nevermind on 14th? Kurt Cobain's amazing voice coupled with Krist Novoselic & Dave Grohl... This is THE BEST ALBUM EVER MADE.. Have some respect for REAL MUSIC PEOPLE!

Best album ever made? It is a good album but can't be best ever made.

Nirvana changed the whole music scene with this album! People are still listening to this today, and will be forever more. This should be in the top 5 at least. NIRVANA FOREVER

Other bands and albums have influenced just as many new artists as Nirvana. People still listen to those albums too. In fact Nirvana didn't do anything that wasn't done before. Nirvana isn't the most influential band, Nevermind is not the most influential album, it wasn't the first to sell ten million copies in the states or thirty million worldwide, it didn't have as many hit singles as other albums that sold as many copies or more and it wasn't the first band to have a band member to commit suicide or leave fans behind or become iconic.

Best there was, best there is and judging by all the crap released in recent years... The best there EVER will be. Kurt single handedly changed the landscape of music.

So if you like something then it's the greatest but if don't like it then it's crap?

Nevermind at number 10 I am offically more dissapointed with humanity I mean yes Smells Like Teen Spirit is overrated but its still a great song haven't you people ever heard of in bloom and the head banger Come As You Are the most play along with your guitar (or air guitar if you don't have a guitar) Breed the darkest nirvana song Endless, Nameless the disturbing Polly and the punky fast territorial pissings and the unforgettable Lounge act and the rest of the songs are good humanity will burn in hell for placing this at #10

10 Ok Computer - Radiohead Ok Computer - Radiohead Product Image

Gotta love the ignorance of all these pop-culture-cozy blockheads who think that Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake are "OMGosh the greatest thing ever to grace music. " Every list on this site is just a bunch of modern-day junkies with sheltered music tastes chalking out their favorite new pop album. I'm not one to be so pessimistic, but lists like these just make me lose faith in humanity.
Now, to my point. OK Computer, even from the most objective of standpoints, is THE definitive art-rock treatise, and on any short list of the greatest albums ever made, a must-inclusion (and not at #93, please). I don't think people actually understand how revolutionary this album was to the face of music. All the sounds harvested in this album, the spacey, high-strung, compact electronics, set the tone for the future of rock. The album garnered tremendous underground success, and although it didn't go over as well with the mainstream industry, it's still the standard by which all alternative rock ...more

If you mean to insult people for only talking about pop, you found the wrong site to do that on. People here actually agree with you

Life changing, revolutionary, and unforgettable

Wow this album is amazing and it deserves to be how high it is. I love Karma Police, No Surprises, Exit Music (for a film), Let Down and Paranoid Android!

Every Radiohead song is a gem, this one gets both commercial and critical success.

The Newcomers

? A Friend, a Laugh, a Walk in the Woods - Dan Crow A Friend, a Laugh, a Walk in the Woods - Dan Crow Product Image

This album contains Walk Outside

? Infinite - Stratovarius Infinite - Stratovarius Product Image

The Contenders

11 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Product Image

American idiot. The 2nd best album of all time after thriller. 5 superhit singles rest 8 superb songs with different creativity, art, music and lyrics. And if you're are saying HYBRID THEORY sold 30 million copies, its wrong. The true value is 24 million but american idiot sold 14 million copies. I accept that but there was different time. At that time internet was not so popular so people just buy the album. But almost after 5 years when american idiot was released the internet was popular in all over the world, so people around the world did not need to buy a copy from a shop. AND IN ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE american idiot was ranked 22 best album of decade but in reader's choice it was at rank.1. And in both two list there was no hybrid theory or meteora of linkin park. IN KERRANG MAGAZINE american idiot was ranked 5 at best album of all time. And the songs are amazing in AI.

Great story, awesome protagonist, and no bad song on this album, and still not even top 10.

I love this album so much here’s a list of the songs I like:
1 American Idiot
2 Jesus Of Suburbia
3 Holiday/Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
+ All Of Them!

American Idiot came out at a time when people where afraid to speak out due to 9/11. Green Day didn't care about what people where and wheren't supposed to say, they released the album filled with rage and disappointment about America and it's politics anyway.
The storyline throughout the whole album is appealing to the youth as everybody can find something to identify with. And with a mix of angry rock songs like "American Idiot" to emotional ballads like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" I don't see how this can't be considered the greatest album of all time.
Even if it's almost 6 years since it first came out it is still current with a now on going Broadway play.
That, for me, makes American Idiot the obvious choice on this list.

12 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Product Image

From Fight Fire With Fire, a blazing fast, thrashing, neck-breaker of a song, to Fade to Black, a melancholic but heavy story of one's loss in the battle with depression, this album signifies Metallica's change from thrash metal kings to musical geniuses. Also, the late, great Cliff Burton is heavily prominent on this record, which is always a plus.

Fade to Black, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death... this is easily the best metal album ever

I measure every album by its worst song, not the best ones. And Escape is pretty good. It tells much more of the album than the best one

1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2 II - Kingston Wall
3 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
4...And Justice for All - Metallica
5 Roots - Sepultura
6 Appetite for Destruction - Guns n Roses
7 World on Fire - Slash
8 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
9 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
10 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath

There isn't a song with a more epic ending than Call of Ktulu.

And this is coming from a lover of Octavarium, 6DoIT, The Odyssey, Divine Wing of Tragedy, Echoes, Atom Heart Mother, Karn Evil 9, Tarkus, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Close to The Edge, Fly From Here, Awaken, TRSoG, Topographic Oceans, Dance of The Dead, Hallowed be Thy Name, Fear of The Dark, Glass Prison, Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Creeping Death, One, Fade to Black, Blinding Light Show/Moonchild, etc.

Also, my favorite Metallica album

13 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Product Image

It's pretty weird complaining about a #13 spot, but this is Pet Sounds, I just have to.
This is the most influential album of all time. As someone pointed out, none of the above would have been made hadn't it been for Pet Sounds, including Revolver (Revolver came after Pet Sounds and actually already featured songs inspired by this, Pet Sounds itself was inspired by Rubber Soul).

Pet Sounds also is the most acclaimed album of all time. Acclaimed Music is a website that collects top album and song lists and figures out which albums have been put highest, got the best ratings and have therefore been acclaimed the most, and Pet Sounds is rated #1st. Rolling Stone Magazine lists it 2nd, NME, The Times, Mojo and Uncut rate it 1st.

Pet Sounds also is the most innovative album of all time (next to its follow-up SMiLE, which was never finished though). It innovates in terms of song composition (not just, but especially the instrumentals use very complex chord progressions, ...more

Please, please explain to me how Nirvana is in front of the Beach Boys. "Pet Sounds" remains as the greatest album of all time; while other works like the Beatles' "Seargent Pepper" and Led Zeppelin IV have become somewhat cliche, Pet Sounds stands as something different. I don't like the argument that just because an album was the "foundation" for other albums that followed means that album was greater. Pet Sounds is special because, not only was it never replicated, nobody even tried to replicate it! Brian Wilson's genius will not be matched and has not been matched by anyone, and those who try soon figure out why it is an impossible task to complete.

I think that if Paul McCartney's favorite song is in this album, it's got to be good.

This album is timeless. Even while a bunch of music from the era become incredibly dated with all the flower power and peace love and acid nonsense, this album is so pure on honest and beautiful. The lyrics are so relatable, you'd have to be a damn robot to not understand where Brian and Tony Asher were coming from. The harmonies are almost too perfect. I can, and have listened to this recording in a capella so many times because it literally feels as if this was recorded in heaven by angels and every time I listen to it, it's as I an getting a little sneak peak of heaven. Otherworldly. And I haven't even mentioned the brilliant arrangements Brian and the wrecking crew. Honestly if you can make it past track 2 with your head intact, mouth closed and eyes dried, then you simply haven't been listening.

14 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Product Image

This is the greatest metal album ever made. Maybe not the greatest album ever, but this was so painfully low and is truly an outstanding work of art. It gets my vote.

This album is the quintessential old school thrash Metallica. They're style has changed and they're still fantastic, but this is their best thrash album.

Radiohead and Nirvana above Metallica?
*Sad metalhead noises intensify*
- RiverVibeZ/Kat

Master of puppets is an masterpiece. All of songs from master puppets are combine all Metallica great ideas. All of songs from master of puppets got great riffs, solos and most importantly bass riffs and solos by Cliff Burton. In opinion the best from master of puppets is Orion, this song is one of best instrumental in the history.

15 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

Hard rock masterpiece. I can listen to this on repeat and still not get bored of it.
- RiverVibeZ/Kat

The best album of all time with no bad or even mediocre songs. Brilliant singing and music throughout, the debut album that sold the most copies in history! Had Guns N' Roses stayed together in the original lineup, they would undoubtedly be the greatest band of all time. Still they are to me. NIrvan in No. 10? Don't make me laugh!

For there first album, this is really good. And still there best as well.

Of course the best album ever by the best band. No 1 because...
Paradise city
Sweet child o' mine
Welcome to the jungle
Night train

16 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Product Image

Every second of this album is a joy to listen to. Plus, the lyrics are so deep and still very relevant in today's society.

Has been difficult to decide between Tje Dark Side of the Moon an d this, but I preferred this one, a beautiful jewel.

What? Wish You Were Here at 77? I don't believe this. Literally every song (Shine On You Crazy Diamond 1-9, Welcome To The Machine, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here) is awesome and this album is my most favorite album after Dark Side Of The Moon. This album deserves to be in the Top 20, to say the least. I don't know why it's so down below.

Played this album day after day after day for over a year when it first came out...and today it still sounds the same.

17 Kid A - Radiohead Kid A - Radiohead Product Image

A masterpiece of experimental rock, and a brilliant concept album. At first I only liked a couple songs on the album. But a couple months later, I gave it another shot, and I couldn't believe the songs didn't stand out to me before. Now it's my favorite album of all time. There's the weird, cult-like opener "Everything in it's Right Place", the alien lullaby "Kid A", the frantic, out-of-control "National Anthem", and the transcendental and extremely beautiful "How to Disappear Completely" (Which contains some of my favorite lyrics: "That there / That's not me / I go where I please / I walk through walls / I float down the Liffey"). Followed by this is the ambient soundtrack "Treefingers", then the rockier "Optimistic", the surreal "In Limbo", the chilling, robotic "Idioteque", the weird, experimental "Morning Bell", and finally, as the perfect album closer, the solemn "Motion Picture Soundtrack" which tears your heart out by the ending with the lyrics "I will see you in the next ...more

A perfect album. Electronic. Rock. Amazing. 2nd best Radiohead album after Ok Computer.

Why so low? Best album of the 21st Century, although in my opinion In Rainbows and Random Access Memories are close.

Another great album. Radiohead's experimentation with Electronic and Jazz was fantastic.

18 Rubber Soul - The Beatles Rubber Soul - The Beatles Product Image

Honestly I think Revolver is overrated. This album is more consistent. All the way through, it's brilliant. Drive My Car is a great opening song with a groovy bassline. Norwegian Wood has some great finger picking from John Lennon. Nowhere Man is my favorite song in the whole album. The harmonies are great, and so are the lyrics. In My Life is an absolute classic. It's so beautiful. It particularly love the piano solo in the middle. I'm Looking Through You is another great song. There's even more to this album, but you get the point.

Rubber Soul: a masterpiece that changed how the western world viewed music in general. It influenced Pet Sounds, that consequentially influenced Revolver and Sgt Pepper's and so on and on

My favorite Beatles album - the US version with I've just seen a face leading off.

It isn't their best of course, but it influenced many artists to make more mature music.

19 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar Product Image

Kendrick Lamar is one of the best lyricists of our time, and this album proves it. He brings up a lot interesting perspectives in this album in a non-preachy way that's enjoyable from start to finish. I'm talking themes such as, but not limited to, racism from outside of and within the black community, depression, society's glorification of fame, celebrities, money, and sex, and much more. Not to mention the near perfect production of this entire album. The many talented producers for this album, some that are famous and some that are hidden gems, really went all out with making this album sound unbelievably original, creative, complex, and enjoyable to listen to. It's easily one of the best hip-hop albums of all time.

this is a very important album it will never fade away king kendrick

A very deep, rich and sharp album. A cohesive reflection on black identity with amazing lyricisim and impressive experimentation. I listened to it for 16 days, one song every day, to savour the concept. When I finished Mortal Man, it was the final blow. I was completely awestruck. Brilliance. Perfect album. The think that probably nailed it for me was the spoken word, such an original idea.
What I never get is that it rarely shows up on "best concept albums" lists. It is a concept album. It has precise themes, lyrical motifs, and a storyline.

The only reason this album is not in the top 5 is because the majority of the older people hate rap

20 Meteora - Linkin Park Meteora - Linkin Park Product Image

This album is the best achievement in psychology, in my opinion. It helped me to get rid of depression originating in the very beginning of my life. I also love the set of songs from it that became popular.

how the heck meteora and hybrid theory at #21 and #22 there are so many better albums out there

Spam bot sucks

Meteora is legendary. I'm not a fan of Linkin Park but some people say "old music is better and the classics are the best" they're wrong. In my personal opinion Meteora is a lot better than a lot of the stuff in front of it. Linkin Park itself needs as much attention as nirvana (who were completely garbage). Every song in this album is great but in Nevermind the only reason they could sell out of it was smells like teen spirit

Meteora is one of the finest album ever made in the history of rock genre and best given by Linkin Park it should be at top position

While this album may have the fan favorites, it is far from the most musically well-made album by LP. The Hunting Party, A Thousand Suns and Minutes to Midnight have much better lyrics, riffs, structures, themes and vocals. Just my opinion, don't destroy me.

21 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Product Image

Great album, but guys, stop hating on Living Things and saying "why won't LP return to their roots" because you know that they definitely won't make a Hybrid Theory 2.

One of the best album ever created.
It deserves to be at number 1..
BEST ALBUM EVER CREATED.
Thanks Linkin Park for existing

Hybrid theory is average at best it belongs no where near the rest of the albums here. Why they're so popular on this site I will never know

This should be at least #1. I'm listening to the album right now. Also, I think dark side of the moon is kind of overrated

20 IS a little low for the best album by the most popular band on the planet. Has sold 29 million copies since 2000. BIG DEAL. Songs awesome. Style awesome. Mike shinoda awesome. Ches ben awesome. And in the end it doesn't even matter?

22 Back in Black - AC/DC Back in Black - AC/DC Product Image

Perhaps the greatest and most influential rock album of all time. I have alone bought about 15 copies as I wore it out especially on cassette.

Ain't my favorite AC/DC album, but I love all AC/DC albums. My favorite album is their Flick of the Switch, and/or Fly on the Wall albums. Most AC/DC fans love Back in Black, but I voted for this album, because it is AC/DC. I love Givin' the Dog a Bone, which is probably my favorite song on this album. Listen to it! You'll love it!

Should be in top 3. How many albums were sold again? Uh huh...40 MILLION!

One of the best selling albums of all time and for good reason.

23 Paranoid - Black Sabbath Paranoid - Black Sabbath Product Image

Black Sabbath will Always be my number one. From their first album throughout their performances in concert until their first breakup, their stack of records were always playing on the turntable at home after school. There is no other sound like Tony Iommi has that will ever be reproduced. I still from time to time go back through each song in order on each album. This album was special with the Iron Man song, Paranoid and War Pigs. Its funny how certain songs find their way into Movies and other Sound tracks of movies. Even though they have more or less retired from working or producing, their work will live in infamy forever.

Tony Iommi is the master of riffs, with only 2 whole fingers he carved out an entire genre that was heavier and harder than anything else up to that time. Every song on Paranoid is legendary and each has several memorable riffs. Iron man is possibly the most famous riff ever and I don't even think it compares to war pigs or paranoid. Gosh every song is great, fairies wear boots, rat salad, electric funeral, planet caravan, and hand of doom. All great songs.

That's the ultimate heavy rock'n'roll album! So good! So heavy! So inspired!

This album was the most influential album on metal. It completely changed music forever

24 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Product Image

This album should be higher. It's very consistent. Second Hand News has a catchy tune. Dreams is a classic with great harmonies. Never Going Back Again is a great acoustic song. Don't Stop is also very catchy. Go Your Own Way, well everyone knows that song. It's so dramatic and great. The Chain is the best song on this album and the best Fleetwood Mac song in general. The bassline at the end is great. There's so much emotion in Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nick's voices. You Make Loving Fun is another catchy tune. The fact that they were able to produce this album while going through two breakups just makes it even more incredible.

All the top 10 Beatles albums are good no doubt, but Rumours changed a lot of things in music after its release. I can recall driving in my car in Chicago and flipping stations and half the music stations would be playing a song from Rumours. That is what really defines a great album; when it cuts across genres. Rumours is one of the few. It was the high point of Fleetwood Mac's long and storied career. When Tusk was released they officially jumped the shark.

An example of how members of one group going through relationships can write just fabulous music.

Basically greatest hits besides Landslide and a few others. My second favorite album ever.

25 In Rainbows - Radiohead In Rainbows - Radiohead Product Image

Sonically beautiful masterpiece, and less rocky than some of their other stuff.

I think we all know this should be much higher on the list.

OK Computer is an album of its time, In Rainbows is an album that transcends time. The textures, the muddiness, the loving and personal lyrics. It combines Radiohead at their most electronic, rocky, orchestral, sensual, heartfelt, dangerous, joyful, and real.

This Album is far greater then any album I've ever listened to although they're my second favorite band this albums is still ahead of any album ever made

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