Best Albums of All Time
The Top Ten
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? - frankmartin
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
Although I prefer "Wish You Were Here" mainly for the beauty of Shine on you Crazy Diamond, "Dark Side of the Moon" is definitely the most influential album I have ever heard. The themes it covers; life, death, money, time, war, mental illness etc are the soundtrack to people's lives. I bought the album second hand on cassette in 1974, took it home, played it and realised that I'd heard most of it before, so widely had it been played. As a 13 year old boy, I was blown away by the lyrics which still work today. I have tried to always remember the lines "Then one day you find ten years have gone behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun". How did Roger Waters have such foresight at his young age? Strangely, I rarely listen to the whole album anymore but there are always snippets to be heard on the radio etc. Maybe I just know it too well.V 412 Comments
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 - frank
1: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The moment this album hit stores, the music industry as a whole underwent one of its biggest changes ever)
2: The Dark Side of the Moon (Has spent countless weeks on the Billboard Hot 200 and listening to it is like listening to the Earth itself dying)
3: Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys started the psychedelia wave and drew the blueprints that the Beatles used to start the art rock wave in one album)
4: Revolver (Quite possibly the greatest collection of songs known to humankind)
5: Highway 61 Revisited (Eminem may be the most well known to follow up an album that pisses people off with another album that pisses even more people off, but Dylan did it first)
6: Rubber Soul (The "Grass" Album itself. Rubber Soul was largely inspired by weed and Bob Dylan's lyrical style. It was the first album in which the Beatles truly began to mature as artists)
7: What's Going On (Why does no one listen to Motown anymore? Either way, this is ...more - AlexZoraj
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.
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'!
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
The best Beatles album. Everything great about them can be found here. Sgt. Pepper's was revolutionary, but this goes beyond the boundaries of any identifiable genre (besides the obvious label of rock). Their greatest masterpiece and the finale the Beatles deserved (it was recorded after Let It Be). - ThatDudeRoss
Great album by a Great Band!
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.V 71 Comments
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.
Every song on this album is amazing, especially Black Dog, Rock and Roll, The Battle of Evermore, Stairway to Heaven, Misty Mountain Hop, Four Sticks, Going to California, and When the Levee Breaks. - AlexZoraj
Everything about Led Zeppelin IV is amazing. First off not having an album title. Then we have:
Rock and Roll
The Battle of Evermore
Stairway to Heaven
Misty Mountain Hop
Going to California
When the Levee the Breaks
Not a single song on Led Zeppelin IV is bad.
Everything works here. While Led Zeppelin tried the folk/rock mix on their last album with somewhat inconsistent results, the blend here is smooth and gorgeous. The band found the perfect balance between hard rock, blues, metal and folk here, which spawned 7 of the best songs of all time, along with 1 great. It deserves the #1 place, or at least to be over Sgt. Pepper's. - ThatDudeRossV 66 Comments
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
UMM... WHY NOT NUMBER 1 PEOPLE? For real, I respect all other people on this list. But come on. I'm only 12 and I know that this should be at number 1.
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!
This is a big breakthrough album and Michael Jackson's peak definitely. There isn't really anything weak about this album, literally everything about this album is iconic from the music videos to the album cover. It's the best selling album ever for a reason. - X3dronV 218 Comments
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.
Why is this album the best album ever released? As a musician myself, it has taught me that music isn't just lyrics that's pieced together with a guitar or keyboard, it's something that can be shaped and shifted into so many different ways. The Wall is not just an album, it's a story, or perhaps an autobiography that was shifted to make the plot more desirable. Roger Waters wrote this when he was struggling with his fame, so it was HIM who built the wall inside of his head, not Pink. The only difference is that Roger didn't go insane, it was Syd. Roger said in an interview that The Wall was 75% him, 15% Syd, and 5% any other artist. The ONLY album that can be compared to The Wall is The Dark Side of the Moon, and Wish You Were Here. Enough said.
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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6
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.V 88 Comments
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" - BigDaddyPeach
I just listened to this album yesterday! It really is one of the greatest albums ever made, there are no bad songs on it!V 46 Comments
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
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
In my opinion this ain't even Queen's best album. - AlexZoraj
I am not quite sure of all of the songs on this album but I know some of them and I am a full on queen fanV 94 Comments
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 - Songsta41
Radiohead is an artist that sadly is a very specific taste so not as many people will listen to it like they do Dark side of the moon or, sgt. peppers, (which are very clearly 2 of the best ever written) but regardless I think this album should be up there right close to number 1. Thom's lyrics are as good, if not better than anyone elses. They were able to experiment greatly with time signatures, strange instruments, unorthodox noises from a regular instrument, etc. And they managed to make every song an absolute favorite (besides fitter happier but regardless that still has a deep message to it). I know not everyone is gonna appreciate or like the not so mainstream sound of the alt-rock at best album but I still think its work should not go unnoticed. Plus the music is so easy to resonate to on a personal level which I find trouble doing with other lyricists such as Roger waters, (I understand them and they're definitely sending a message that I understand its just not hitting me to ...more
Life changing, revolutionary, and unforgettable - InsertNameHere
Probably the smoothest flowing album I've ever heard, and the first trio of songs are just perfection. Radiohead is so underrated. When I first heard it, the whole thing didn't sound as different as many people hyped it up to be (I still adored it don't get me wrong) and then I realized it's because this album completely changed the music industry. When I listen to things that come before it, I realize nothing came close to the stuff you hear on this album. It sounds familiar because of the influence it had on modern music. Truly revolutionary.V 159 Comments
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!
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. - frankmartin
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? - frankmartin
Nevermind changed my life, while simultaneously completely repaving the landscape of rock music. There will never be a record to top it in terms of social impact. And considering the trajectory of music these days, I doubt pop music will ever have a icon to match it in the future.V 158 Comments
This album was their 'breakout' album and was life changing for many of us, It belongs here, high on the list. But Kill 'Em All is their best in my opinion. It catches them right in their prime
Fade to Black is the best song of all time and every track is a belter.
This albums is a masterpiece with amazing songs, including my third favorite song of all time, Fade to Black. I have this, Master of Puppets, and a Trans Siberian Orchestra album as CDs. I play this album in my room a lot. - PhoenixAura81
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
This album is one of the greatest masterpieces of music. Everything is done right here, especially the title track, which is my second favorite song of all time. This is one of the three albums I have as a CD and I play it in my room constantly (the other two are Ride the Lightning and a Trans-Siberian Orchestra album I got for Christmas). - PhoenixAura81
Best album here in my humble opinion. Man music, not 80s pop or overrated Beatles. This even trumps "Hello, is there anybody in there? " - MattAffterburner
Rust In Peace is the best album ever, but this is the highest metal album, so I gotta represent.
I just knew that master of puppet s would be in the top ten. Not surprised. Don't be offended nirvana fans, it is just my opinion but MASTER OF PUPPETS DEFINITELY BEATS NEVERMIND. sorry just had to say that.V 63 Comments
Really? American Idiot at 13? Come on fellow green day fans, lets pump this one up to number 1! Lets go
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.
This should be a lot higher
Dookie is my favourite, but I couldn't find it so American idiot it isV 78 Comments
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
Out of the wrapper in 1966 this new Beach Boys album was outstanding. It influenced 'Sgt. Peppers', and I think it's better. There's not a bad song on it. The Wrecking Crew does a fabulous job on the instrumentals, and the vocals couldn't be better.
If you don't like this album it's because you're expecting surf and car songs. After the very good Beach Boys Today and Summer Days (and Summer Nights) albums, Pet Sounds was the perfect mature version of Brian Wilson. There's never been anything like it even by the Beach Boys except for Good Vibrations.
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.
It's #13 in this list, but people who know something about music and the influence / innovation of albums put this album at least in the top five. In the 500 greatest album list of Rolling Stone magazine this is at #2 behind the Pepper's Band.
It's also weird that Dylan first album here is at #41. - SintJohn
19? I've lost faith in humanity. What is wrong with you, people? Get this to top 10, idots.
Linkin Park. What else do you need? - OmegaRanker
Linkin Park should at least be in the top three! where are your ears? They make the best music.Very meaningful and deep.
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.V 24 Comments
This is the best first album ever for a band and also the best album of all time!
Sweet child of mine, welcome to the jungle and Mr brownstone in just their first album! THE BEST
Every song is excellent.
Every album on the list above this one is overrated. - MrSnuffleupagusV 65 Comments
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.
There are so many great albums. It makes me very happy to see let Zeppelin IV at the top, but come on! Not only is there not a single song on here that is less than amazing, but so many of these songs have shaped music history. The songs on this album are as follows ' war pigs, paranoid, planet caravan, iron Man, electric funeral, eat salad, and fairies wear boots'. These first five are some of the most recognized songs ever. Essentially, this is the best black Sabbath álbum, and If that's true, than this can easily be viewed as if not then eat album then top 3.
Great Album. Grandfather of all heavy metal.
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.V 15 Comments
MY personal all time favourite album.This album is absolutely mind-blowing. I prefer this over Dark Side of the moon (that concept album is still amazing). This album is about Syd Barrett and it captures him perfectly (especially the songs, Welcome To The Machine, Shine on You crazy Diamond and Have A Cigar). And Wish You Were Here is just WOW. All songs from this album are perfect.
My top 10 favourite albums:
1) Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
2) The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Pink Floyd
3) Revolver - The Beatles
4) The Madcap Laughs - Syd Barrett
5) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
6) The Doors - The Doors
7) The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
8) The Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
9) Rubber Soul - The Beatles
10) Nevermind - Nirvana
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.
Filled with attacks on the music industry and laments to Syd Barret, Wish You Were Here is also home to Floyd's longest song, Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Split into two tracks). - CaptDeadeye
Come on! This album is so much better than Dark Side or The Wall! - CaptDeadeyeV 38 Comments
One of their best albums from the standpoint of songs alone. A ton of their most laid-back and underrated tracks are here, not to mention the fact that it was an essential step forward artistically for the band. - ThatDudeRoss
This album is a beautiful masterpiece, marking the Beatles shift from "work songs" onto more heartfelt, psychedelic pieces of music, without this album, I highly doubt that the Beatles would of made any of their other albums. - BigDaddyPeach
I definitely think it belongs in the top 10, in fact it is my favorite Beatles album after Abbey Road. There are no huge hits on it, but that's kind of why I like it. Each song stands on its own more so than any other Beatles album. It is also the beginning of them changing their musical style, it's kind of a mixture of old Beatles and more progressive Beatles. Incredible album.
The best Beatles album, on par with Revolver, and Abbey Road. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is possibly the most creative Beatles album, but it's a bit overrated.V 25 Comments
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. - Atham
This is a very vivid and dense collection of truthful and intelligent Hip Hop songs rooted in funk, jazz, soul, psychedelia, and poetry. From top to bottom, its truly a masterpiece of instrumentals and lyricism intertwined to create an incredible and gorgeous concept album for the ages. Personally, I think it is the realest hip hop album ever made.
I'm very surprised to see a new school rap album from 2015 so high up on this site. It deserves its place, and it will be remembered as the definitive 10s album. Music doesn't get much better than this, and there is no rap better than this for sure. My personal favoirte of all time.
Really? Dark Side of the Moon.V 31 Comments
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 - Peppapigsucks
This should be # 1 By far!
Dude this is #1
At least top 10 LP was killing it back in the early 2000sV 68 Comments
Not one song on this album is filler. Great from start to finish. Not sure who it would replace, but should be top ten for sure.
It's beyond me how such a successful and revered album is so low! One of very few albums that flow seamlessly; every song has it's place, and feel almost out of context when listened to individually. One of the best albums I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. No fillers, no rubbish - just pure talent.
This should be at least in the top 10.
Diamond Selling album. - GehennaTheSecondV 52 Comments
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
Why so low? Best album of the 21st Century, although in my opinion In Rainbows and Random Access Memories are close.
This is just my silly opinion, but this album is an amazing work of art, and to me at least deserves to be in at least the top 15. I can't really rate each track by my own opinion to show because Kid A is an experience you need to listen to yourself to truly understand the full experience.
I hate to be "that guy", but this seriously deserves a higher spot than it is at. I personally believe this deserves a higher spot than OK Computer. This album is both accessible and complex at the same time; giving it a perfect edge to it. OK Computer is a bit too much on the accessible side, which is it's only downfall. On this album, we see Radiohead using electronics to their advantage, and somehow creates an abrasive yet polished sounding album. Yes, it may be quite funny that the opener sounds as if Thom is chanting "Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon", but when it comes down to it, this album is an iconic album that will be forever remembered. - EvafagV 40 Comments
My personal favorite Pink Floyd album - HenryMan73
While the concept sounds cheesy and the track lengths might look stereotypically proggy, the album manages to conjure up some of the most intense moments and dark lyrics the band had done up to that point. The only bad thing about it was the path it set for the band's post-wall future. - ThatDudeRoss
For those who haven't heard it, give it a listen, then give Dark Side of the Moon a try. If you don't love these when you're young, you'll grow to love them when you're older. I grew up on AC/DC (was at the Back in Black live concert), Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Queen, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Billy Joel and loved them all--in their Day. The only music that seems to have serious holding power over the generations is the Beatles and Pink Floyd. While Elvis may be the king of Rock n Roll and MJ the king of Pop, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is still selling over a 1/2 million copies annually and has been for almost 50 years. NO OTHER ALBUM can claim this. While the Beatles and a very small number of other artists do this over all albums combined, clearly a single album with that staying power transcends fads and fashion through pure musicality and speaking to the human condition in the worldwide audience. People can argue opinions forever, but when an album never stops selling at ...more
Dark Side's little brother that few notice, Animals is no less masterful and timeless than Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall. - CaptDeadeyeV 18 Comments
"Hell's Bells" gets the album off to a flying start with a slow, ominous build up before descending into a true rock classic. It is followed by the swashbuckling tracks "Shoot to Thrill" and the highly underrated "Honey what do you do for money." 'Givin the dog a bone,' and 'Let me put my love into you' don't stand out as much but are still fun and fast rock songs, whilst 'Back in Black' is rightfully one of AC/DC's most famous songs. 'You shook me all night long' has become a rock anthem, and the last 3 songs are all killer, especially 'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution' which captures your interest with a great riff and catchy chorus.
Why is this number 25? This is one of the most iconic rock albums of all time! Why isn't this at the top? I LOVE AC/DC!
#26? Really? All due respect to the other bands, but AC/DC's Back in Black below Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and others? This just doesn't ad up. At the very least top 5!
This is the second highest selling album of all time! Should totally be higher.V 61 Comments
oh, I could name so many great things about this album no, masterpiece. and only 41st place? what a shame. invaders starts with an incredible riff and depicts the slaughters of the saxons in the olden days. #2 is about the movie"children of the damned"it is slow and melodic until a vocal genius by the name of bruce dickinson speeds up the tempo. the next two songs are nowhere near as amazing but still great. Then we get to the rock anthem"the number of the beast"which will knock any true metal lover of his/her feet. with a complex and insane riff followed by bruce dickinsons beautiful voice it is one of the most outstanding songs on this album. next is "run to the hills"with its remarkable drums which stands out over all of adrians glorious guitar work. now is my only problem with this album "Gangland"it is by all means not a bad song but it is so out of place in this wondorous album. finally is the single most influencial and beautiful and... ...more - cyraxbot
This is the one that took Maiden from headlining Theaters and Pubs to an opening band for names like Ozzy and Kiss. Bruce made all the difference in becoming a headline act. I stilI enjoy Paul, every song on "Iron Maiden" and "Killers" are untouchable. When I listen to them I turn it to 11. I believe "Peace of Mind" was their first headline album tour, and they never looked back. Steve Harris...one of the best Bassist ever! (come on got to give the like to Lemmy, Geddy, Jaco, and many more ). UP THE IRONS!
After rocky start with Invaders, the next 7 are legendary. From the iconic Number of the Beast and the surprisingly catchy Run to the Hills To the angry The Prisoner and the guitar driven 22 Acacia Avenue all of them build to the finale of Hallowed be Thy Name, which is the perfect Iron Maiden Song and one of the best metal songs ever written
I typed a large comment for this album but accidently deleted it. Nevertheless, this album rocks! - CaptDeadeyeV 20 Comments
This album has it all. At a time when Eminem was getting criticised for all his controversy from his first album. So what does he do, make an even more controversial album and it became an instant success. How can a diamond album that sold nearly 2 million copies in its first week be this low. The whole album is packed with genius songs and lyrics and it was an album that told everyone to shut up and listen because Em couldn't care less. A masterpiece
This needs to be higher, no diamond album should be rated this low, with meaningful tracks like Stan and songs to show off em's skills like the real slim shady, this album is the complete package.
You can't talk classics without bringing up eminem
I am whatever you say I am if I wasnt why would I say I amV 47 Comments
Masterpiece whoever puts rap ballcrap over this is dumb - benreidy100
Next to Wish You Were Here, Close To The Edge, and Moving Pictures, this is the greatest prog rock album. - CaptDeadeye
Epic masterpieceV 12 Comments
Just because something is old, doesn't mean it's better. While I love bands like Pink Floyd and Radiohead and albums like Meteora or American Idiot, My Chemical Romance's "The Black Parade" just outshines them.
Ok, how is this not the #1? This emotional rollercoaster of an album, by far the best rock opera ever made. It starts out strong, continues even stronger and ends so perfectly... Just a few albums are this emotionally strong. Peaks in the songs like Mama or Sleep are the highest I've ever heard. Absolute masterpiece. - JoeDaHoe
Every song on this is brilliant; it just gets better throughout the album! My favourites are welcome to the black parade, the end, cancer and teenagers
This album is an absolute masterpiece. Yes, it might veer over the line a bit much lyrically, but otherwise, this album is phenomenal, and, in my opinion the greatest ever made. - Pollsearcher1V 38 Comments
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
I think we all know this should be much higher on the list.
Really gets overshadowed by Kid A and OK Computer but in my opinion, overall, it's better than both
Greatest album ever made. Period. - HawkWithAnOpinionV 19 Comments
Why is The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance above The Who's Who's Next?
I'm not saying that My Chemical Romance are bad, but they just CAN'T compare to The Who in my opinion! At least one Who member beats all the My Chemical Romance members combined!
This is up there with Abbey Road and the Dark Side of the Moon. The songwriting is stellar, the performances are exciting, and even lesser-known moments like "Love Ain't For Keeping" and "The Song Is Over" are magnificent in their own right. And I don't think I even have to mention Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again! - ThatDudeRoss
I can not express the mind blowing experience of listening to this album when it came out. One of the greatest albums I've ever heard.
The best WHO album by far, been listening to it on and off for thirty odd years. Still brilliant.V 17 Comments
Side one of this album is a top of the line science fiction short story espoused through a magnificent musical medium. There is not another album remotely similar. I enjoyed reading the lyrics while listening to it, and picturing the scenarios in my mind.
This should be Higher on the list - RushFan123
LONG LIVE RUSH! Featuring the band's longest song, 2112 is the album that saved their career and proved that progressive rock wasn't dead. - CaptDeadeye
While Moving Pictures is what I prefer, you can't deny 2112 power. - CaptDeadeyeV 18 Comments
As I look back on the beginnings of this group, this is an album that I wish that I could experience again...for the first time. For my ears it was so unique and moving. I can still feel the buzz that was alive when this group first hit big. An exciting moment frozen in time when the founders, Amy Lee and Ben Moody made for a powerful duo that went south so suddenly.
One word... PERFECT!
Awesome female vocal! Best of all time, better than Ziggy Stardust and all of Bowies albums and Beatles!
Marian age 12
I think it is the album of Evanescence and it consists of all of my favourite songs like Bring me To Life, My Immortal and Tourniquet. The Open Door and Evanescence are also too good. Please vote it to take a better position. It can go to the topV 10 Comments
The best metal album of all-time for sure. "Paranoid" comes to close though. The album when the riffs and guitar solos reached the peak of metal and perhaps music in general.
More complexity than Reign in Blood or Master of Puppets.
Best metal album there is, period, 40th is just BS! do better people, for who ever voted this thank you!
Currently listening to it in its 28th anniversary, should be top 5 or close to it
One of the best albums ever recorded. Should at least be above evanescence.V 23 Comments
Musicality wise, this isn't even close to being the best album of all time, and some could even go for the sound of the album. The album isn't consistent in its tone, but for me, that's what sells it. I don't expect this to be praised by all and it doesn't deserve #1 best album of all time. But it is without a doubt a great album and it is my personal favorite.
There are so much better albums to put here in this spot. - Demogorgan
By Far the best album ever made every song on this album is perfection and it also has one of the best songs ever made on it, Afterlife. - Fabio-Fabulous-of-swag-town
Just amazing can't believe it isn't in the top 10.V 2 Comments
My favorite album of all time, alongside Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory which I praise so much for it's musicality. Dear Agony on the other hand is well written, the lyrics are relatable, smart and meaningful. The emotional part of it is that you can actually feel the pain through its lyrics and it's the kind of album where all songs speak to each other. - Chilimtsidya
So so underrated album from most underrated band. Listen guys take this higher it deseves more.
This is a good album but it should NOT be this high up the list
I will not bow my favorite song from themV 1 Comment
An incredibly engaging and intriguing work!
The cohesiveness of the album is astonishing. Every song serves as a basis for the next one regardless of their tonality or theme. Even skipping one track would ruin the pacing and it would also be an absolute sin to miss out on such good rock! Fellas, it's definitely one of those few albums advised to be listened in their entirety - singles such as Starman are not reflecting the depth creativity and the overall genius of David Bowie.
This album cannot be anything else than glamorous 10/10.
Tells a great story and the music is great.
It changed music history forever!
It should definitely be in top 10.
Should be in the top 10, david is the bestV 30 Comments
yes - DeathGripsStayNoided
Two-Headed Boy Part Two. Enough said.
Please. Who cares about Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy anyway. I did but that was a dark time known as Junior High School. Please, world. How does "Rockstar" by Nickelback compare to "Oh Comely"? This is a gem, folks. Appriecate it. This is not for everybody but this deserves top 100. At least.
I LOVE YOU JESUS CHRIST shakes the listener to the bone in an album full of cryptic lyrics and bizarre instrumentation. This album achieves full emotion like no other album has for me.V 8 Comments
Best best best album ever made
Not only is the best album of the band, but also created a trend in heavy metal music. Along with Piece of Mind, one of the best albums of music history.
All the musicians on this album makes a huge job, especially Steve Harris notes. A historical record, no doubt.
Up the Irons!
This album truly defines what Metal is all about. Every song is epic, every riff is a masterpiece. Bruce Dickinson at his vocal best. Absolutely mind blowing album. Deserves to be in the 10 for sure
66 r you kidding me?V 2 Comments
This is the standard all lyrically inclined music should be held to. It is a benchmark achievement for modern music.
The graetest rapping man
Should be in top 10
Why is this album not at least in the top ten on this list. Christ is seems like the people who vote on these lists think that music died with nirvana. I personally do not strive to be hipster but I do believe that music is all just a matter of taste and opinion but God the hipster type always put down hip hop as being meaningless just because they have only heard mainstream hip hop. Well, hipsters I challenge u to listen to this album and not respect the pure genius that is Nasir jonesV 38 Comments
London Calling is the best album ever created (Followed by Pet sounds), no matter genre! It opened so many doors for other bands like the suicide machines and Operation ivy. The way they mixed funk, ska, punk and classic rock was unique back then, and still is.
Simply the greatest album of all time...
Bought this album when I was 14 and it was brand new. Didn't even know what I was getting. I wore out 2 vinyl copies of it over the years, which really is the only way to truly enjoy it. It loses something in the digital domain. Unabashedly, my favorite album of all time.
Even the worst song on this album (possibly "Lover's Rock") is better than about 80-95% of songs ever rerecorded. The Clash's first four albums are all awesome (Combat Rock is just good, not great) but this is their best. High Points: It is impossible to choose, they are all so good.V 25 Comments
Other than Permeate Waves this Album is Very good (top 3 for me) - RushFan123
Some of Rush's best.
And Rush was some of the best.
So, some of the best music from one of the best artists, definitely up there
This album is a masterpiece, every track blows. Rush at its best.
Perfection-my favorite album of all time.V 1 Comment
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The first three hard rock bands. - AlexZoraj
Why is this at #39?
Strange as it may sound, my physics teacher in high school, allowed this album to be played in class. It was good when it came out, it is still good.
Why is Eminem above HendrixV 21 Comments
Consistently inconsistent. Easily one of the best albums released, not needing a concept or unifying sound, just a damn good set of songs. - ThatDudeRoss
How is this so low? This is the best Beatles Album there is! It should be second after the Dark Side of the Moon. While there may not be a concept behind this album, the songs on it are great. Just listen to While my Guitar Gently Weeps, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Blackbird, Dear Prudence, I’m so tired, Sexy Sadie, and Helter Skelter - EliS
Nowhere close to my favorite, but in my opinion, the best album ever.V 16 Comments
The Stones are not my favourite band, but this is the best album ever recorded!
This looks like a good album - Peppapigsucks
Easily in the top 20 only to be surpassed by EXILE! They had an amazing run of albums from BEGGARS -EXILE!...unsurpassed...
Best stones album...after Brian's death they locked themselves in the studio and came up the the greatest rock album of all time..the press at the time thought they wouldn't better Beggars Banquet...Let it bleed easily surpasses it.V 4 Comments
One of the all time Great authors of music and an incredible writer. May I state for mr. Dylans ears I never heard a song of his I did not like. Thanks for so many incredible hours of music. The Gladiator.
Being from Minnesota, my wife and I love to travel up Highway 61. If you saw how beautiful Lake Superior is, you would know where the inspiration for a lot of Dylan's songwriting comes from. We were in a gift store along Highway 61 in Two Harbors, Minn., one evening about seven years ago and the storekeeper had a guest book people could sign. My wife and I signed it and noticed the name "Bob Dylan" about five places ahead of ours. I asked the store owner if he had been in here and obviously not being a huge fan, she said, "Well, what does he look like? " My wife laughed and said, "I guess he would kind of look like an old hippie". The store owner said someone fitting that description had been in the store about a half hour before. I'm kind of skeptical because I really don't know that Dylan would sign a guest book and if he did, he probably wouldn't sign it as Dylan. Still, he's eccentric enough that you can ever be totally sure.
It's a shame that more people haven't heard the magic that is 'Highway 61'. It can only be described as, quite frankly, one of those albums that changed everything. Without this album, as well as 'Bringing It All Back Home', Dylan essentially invented modern rock music as it is today. - ybothermatt
I hate my generation. MJ dies and becomes the greatest thing since the wheel, he's overrated one of the greatest entertainers ever yes but his songs are par. The fact that Highway 61 is this low is crap it is ranked #4 of the all time records according to rolling stones magazine. I know this list is crap because Sgt Pepper and pet sounds are also two of the most important albums ever but not in the top ten.V 11 Comments
Stevie is the master of melodies and there isn't one song from this album that's forgettable.
This has some of the most beautiful music ever written on it. I find it incredible that it isn't on here already. - dylanllama
Stevie Wonder = Living genius,
If ever music had a reason to exist then Mr Wonder would probably be the specific ignition point for that reason. HooLar HooLar ray... de dum ti. - Raedor
Nothing comes close to this are you kidding. There are a lot of fantastic albums that deserve to be up here, but Songs In the Key of Life is the musical masterpiece of the century... come on people. I'll stand for nothing less than Top 10V 12 Comments
A hard rock/heavy metal joyride that's awesome from Whole Lotta Love to Bring It On Home. The first one was a little better produced and heavier, but this is looser, more energetic and considerably more original. - ThatDudeRoss
My personal favourite. Absolute 10/10 classics: Whole lotta love - riff, solo, a capella. Lemon song - riff, solo, bass. Heartbreaker - riff, greatest solo of all time. Ramble on - guitar. Mobs Dick - riff, drum solo. Bring it on home - riff. 9/10 song: What is and what should never be.
Best hard rock album of all time. Every track is a killer. Still remember buying my first copy when it was released and being completely blown away by "Whole Lotta Love" (the song that blew out countless speaker bass cones as well). This one set the standard for all rock albums to follow.
Come on now folks, it got "Whole Lotta Love," "Heartbreaker," "Ramble On," "Bring it On Home," and even more. Just think y'all, All that heavy stuff came out in the 60s, before heavy metal and Black Sabbath. Name one song, not on this album (or their first album for that matter), which has shredding from the 1960s. You can't!V 19 Comments
Not even one of the best Metallica albums. Some of the songs are so poorly mixed it sounds weightless and borderline comical. Sure, One and some other songs are pretty great, but overall it sounds like the band was struggling to find a direction after the loss of Cliff Burton, and settled on doing the same thing they did with the last 2 albums again. - ThatDudeRoss
Blackened, and justice for all, one, harvester of sorrow, dyers eve and much more. There is not a bad song on this album
The fact that this wasn't up here shows how many people are def. This is, IMO, the GREATEST album ever released. -
With Ride the Lightning, best metal album ever... And Justice for All could easily be Top 20 albums ever.V 5 Comments
All people voting for this claiming its brilliance. Shameful! Two metallica albums are in the top 15 and they are true thrash metal. You can't side with the popular mainstream songs and expect thrash metal fans to stand by you
My favorite album ever. Sad but true, Enter sandman Nothing else matters
53? WHAT THE HELL!V 18 Comments
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