Best Albums of All Time

An album is a collection of music or songs on a disc or tape. They may include compilation, soundtrack, or remix albums. This list includes the 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

There comes a time in everyone's life when they must sit down, turn the lights off, and listen to this album. This album talks about, death, time, greed, war, insanity, etc. Each song perfectly reflects the subject of each piece. The lyrics are insightful, the guitar solos full of emotions, the drum beat working as a heart beat to make the album living, and the beautiful piano played throughout. This is, the greatest album of all time

It's a simply good album. The only low point would be Speak To Me, and it's only a minute at the start. Just perfect in other ways.
Ranking of the songs:
10. Speak To Me
9. On The Run
8. The Great Gig In The Sky
7. Any Color You Like
6. Breathe
5. Brain Damage
3 way tie for 4th-2nd between Money, Us And Them, and Eclipse
1. Time

No contest - there may be albums that had more sales, or saw more radio play, or stayed on some list or other for a longer period of time, but overall, this is the one that had everything - groundbreaking music, unforgettable cover art, depth of material covered in lyrics, mind-boggling technical innovation - the works. No other album ever produced even comes close.

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.

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 back together to create the beautifully chaotic organ sweeps? (no ...more

It is plain to see why this is the most revolutionary album ever. There are sounds and musical structures that had never been heard before. Lyrics were mysterious and at times, intricate in their innuendos. Anyone listening to this album at the time would easily have be blown away by the incredible complexity of emotions and exquisite melodies. It has nostalgic sounds, innovative rock licks, psychedelic revelry, spiritual musings, Indian music, circus dreamy sonority and so much more. There's a world within Sgt Pepper's and only those that have no notion of the musical evolution can think this was just another album. Pet sounds is great, for sure, but this is the album that defied musical canons forever.

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 want to 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.

I normally don't complain about things not being on #1, but...

Seriously?

The Dark Side of the Moon is a fantastic album. Compared to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? Dust in the wind. Pink Floyd couldn't hope to hold a candle to the Beatles. Literally every song on Sgt. Pepper could've been released as a single and gone to the top 10 for at least a week. Sgt. Pepper was the Beatles going into every aspect of music�"and still working collaboratively on fantastic songs. Every song is completely unique, and the concept of the album is brilliant. An alter-ego band for the Beatles, who were sick of touring. The Dark Side of the Moon deserves to be in the top 10. #1? Hardly. Some people might complain that the Beatles always get the #1 spot, but that's frankly because they're the best.

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

It's one of the greatest albums ever. Period. They were all at their peak. The medley is a masterpiece, and Side A too.
Ranking of the songs:
17. Her Majesty
16. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
15. Polythene Pam
14. You Never Give Me Your Money
13. Octopus' Garden
12. Sun King
11. Because
10. Golden Slumbers
9. Mean Mr. Mustard
8. Carry That Weight
7. The End
6. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
5. Oh! Darling
4. I Want You(She's So Heavy)
3. Here Comes The Sun
2. Come Together
1. Something

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

I personally think Dark Side, Sgt Pepper, Thriller and Zep IV deserve to be higher from cultural significance alone but apart from those this album is absolutely breathtaking. The songs Come Together, Something, I Want You (She's So Heavy) and Here Comes The Sun could all be ranked in the Beatles very best, the comedy/not serious tracks Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Octopus's Garden have perfect arrangements and guitar playing and the Medley is a continuous passage that competes with Dark Side in genius, ambition, scope and execution. When the 'You Never Give' theme comes back on those horns before a guitar solo in Golden Slumbers it's pure bliss. Not to mention the members are at the top of their game instrumentally with stellar guitar work on the medley, Something and Octopus's Garden in particular, great vocals especially from Paul on Golden Slumbers and Oh! Darling and Ringo even turns in his only Beatles drum solo. It's a pretty much perfect album and I would take it over Sgt ...more

The thing that stands out to me about this album is that there is none like it. The styles run the gamut from the drawn-out ending of "She's So Heavy" to the quick grouping of Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, and Bathroom Window in about the same time period. It has two great Harrison compositions. It has a 23-second song. Songs have tender vocals, gorgeous harmonies, and yet some great rough vocals, too (Oh Darling, Come Together). Very complete album.

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.

Forget the other albums on the list... these guys were the only musicians in the list with an album with so much detail and so much innovation and originality. Dark side of the moon doesn't even come close hello! This one album had the song that beat even the singles out there to become the number one radio hit. Zeppelin are the mascots of rock music, and every 70s rock fan should feel proud of how big this album made it

To say anything less about this album other than it being amazing would be an understatement. It is a real challenge to say one album is the greatest of all time. However, if I had to select one, then this would be it. The entire album is amazing with multiple songs that could be argued as being one of, if not, the greatest of all time. To have that on a single album that is not a greatest hits for an artitst is amazing.

5 Revolver - The Beatles Revolver - The Beatles Product Image

Definitely better than Sgt Peppers, its 3 great songs and 3 good songs against 6 great songs and 8 good songs. Abbey road/Led Zeppelin IV/Dark Side of the Moon are all good but they all are less consitently good. Nevermind/OK Computer are very good but again have some weak songs. Thriller has lots of great pop songs but it's a bit generic and overrated. Rubber soul and Rumours should be higher as they are also amazing just not quite as good. London calling, who's next, paranoid, the wall and pet sounds are also very good too. In my opinion doolittle, ziggy stardust, in rainbows, plastic ono band and bringing it all back home should be top 20, all far better than sgt peppers and thriller. But Revolver and Rubber soul should be top 2 definitely.

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

This happened in 66' when bands were still into the old pop rock that the Beatles also set a standard for! In the revolutionary 60's things changed in months. This set a goal to surpass. And yet no one can beat it but the beatles themselves. This wasn't commercialized like sgt. Peppers. This was crazy stuff in 66'. The album is meant to be cool. I mean for once they are wearing sunglasses indoors. They are using SG's. They aren't being cute with pop rock. They are now physcedelic!

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

6 The Wall - Pink Floyd The Wall - Pink Floyd Product Image

The greatest concept of all time. Maybe not the greatest concept album, but Roger was at his peak of songwriting. The second solo on Comfortably Numb is the greatest solo of all time. The only low points would be some of the shorter ones on Side 3, but Hey You, Nobody Home, and of course Comfortably Numb redeem it.
Ranking of the songs because I have no self respect:
26. Vera
25. Is There Anybody Out There?
24. Bring The Boys Back Home
23. Stop
22. Goodbye Cruel World
21. Outside The Wall
20. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 3
19. The Show Must Go On
18. Don't Leave Me Now
17. Empty Spaces
16. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1
15. Mother
14. The Thin Ice
13. Young Lust
12. Run Like Hell
11. Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
10. Goodbye Blue Sky
9. In The Flesh?
8. Hey You
7. One Of My Turns
6. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
5. Waiting For The Worms
4. The Trial
3. In The Flesh
2. Nobody Home
1. Comfortably ...more

The Wall is better than Dark Side of The Moon and is the best concept album ever made. There. I said it.

It deals with themes like mental illness, isolation, and everything that's wrong with society. This makes it very relatable to many people. Not to mention that the songs are extremely catchy.

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.

7 Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Product Image

Without doubt, the greatest contributor to music, fashion and dance of all time. Unlike many other artists, his songs have a true meaning, E.G. 'They don't care about us', 'Black and White', 'The Earth song', and many others. I have been checking many 'greatest artists' lasts, and have been very disappointed to see that on many lists, MJ was not even mentioned. His Thriller album still remains the greatest album of all time- I believe that should and will never change.
Michael Jackson was and is a great man, a genius and a true LEGEND. This is real music. The King of music- always.

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

This is maybe better than the album Bad, Thriller is unreal something that no one can reach except Michael Jackson simple the God of Music in the top 10 list of the best albums of all time I honestly put c mylassification in this way : 1Bad 2Thriller 3Dangerous 4History 5Invincible 6Off the Wall 7Blood on the dance Floor and finally 8Michael which is also a great album believe in me (I didn't include Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson, King of Pop Wich are also Amazing!

It's the worst list I've ever seen... We're talking about thriller.. Seriously... The best selling album of all time... 33x platinum album. The only album with 3 platinum stars... The best album from the best musical artist Michael Jackson... It must be on the number 1. The best pop song ever Billie Jean and one of the best rock songs ever beat it.. Along with the best music video thriller... This album made history... And the bar on the Music Industry.. It is insane

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

This album is truly one of the greats, not just the best Queen album but one of the best albums of the 20th century. The album starts with 'Death on two legs (dedicated to... ) the song written by Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury and is believed to shown the band's hatred to their first producers Trident. Next was the short but sweet lazing on a Sunday afternoon also written by Mercury. Also on the album was Taylor's I'm in love with my car, Deacon's You're my best friend, May's '39, sweet lady, the stunning The prophet's song and Good Company. As well as Death on two legs and lazing on a Sunday afternoon Mercury also wrote Seaside rendezvous, love of my life and their first UK number 1 single Bohemian Rhapsody. This album truly set their careers off with probably the most famous album covers next to the Beatle's Abby Road. Amazing album.

Although this album is most well known for hits like Bohemian Rhapsody and You're My Best Friend, this album has so many of my favorite ever Queen songs. So ahead of it's time.

I listened many times to Pink Floyd and Beatles albums (of course they are great). But ANATO is putting them in its little pocket. This album is so huge that everything is pale compared to it. All song are so diverse and so unique that the best of PF and Beatles and LZ also can be only second to it. I had great difficulties when listening to ANATO the first two times - I found it a mess of sound, but the third time I discovered so much beauty that this is hardly to be beared. This album is extraordinary and not for a single hearing. But its extraterrestrial and if we meet extraterrestrial we should show it to them so they understand the pride of humanity and not destroy us.

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

9 Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

Greatest album of the 90's. Hands down. No other album comes close. From the opening screaming riff of Teen Spirit, the groovy comes as you are, catchy chorus of Lithium, powerful scream of drain you, it's got it all. Kurt's melody writing on this album is brilliant. Hasn't been a band like them since

In Utero is way superior. But JESUS. Nevermind is generation-defining. It is an album that just echoes "what? " "what's up with that baby? " "what the hell did I just listen to? it was so good" And personally that's fine. Here's a number from Nirvana's Nevermind, by the numbers: 253: Total number of weeks Nevermind spent on the Billboard Top 200. 253 weeks! That is practically 5 years! Even after Kurt Cobain died it was still on there-for 2 years! Nevermind is resounding. Nevermind broke all rules. Nevermind is legendary.

In Utero is my preference though

Second album I ever bought myself (first being Ugly Kid Joe, America's Least Wanted) but this album changed how and why I listened to music. Yes the Beatles inspired a generation and that will never be forgotten, but Nirvana and this album specifically took that to the next step. There has not been an album since that has come close to the impact on a generation that Nevermind had.

Don't think it should be in the top 10.
Only influential by the majority of people at the time due to "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are".
There are some really good songs that might fit the best songs of all time, such as "Come As You Are" and the underrated "Lounge Act", otherwise there's not much else to offer.
I'd put it in the top 25 or top 30 and call it a bit overrated.

10 Ok Computer - Radiohead Ok Computer - Radiohead Product Image

The greatest album ever. No other album has managed to hold such an amazing reputation with the passage of time. Each song has aged well and helps criticize many of the things in the modern age, such as consumerism and the loss of being unique and conforming to society.

A masterpiece. It's so hard to rank Radiohead albums, since they're all so different. This, however, is objectively their best. Every song is thoughtful and incredibly written. The themes are still extremely relevant today, touching on the massive role of technology in our lives. This album was way ahead of its time, and I don't think there will ever be a time when it has lost its relevancy.

That part in "Let Down" where Thom sings "you'll know where you are, you'll know where you are" is the something you'll never hear ever again, it's the most aesthetically pleasing piece of music of all time. Combined with some of the most phenomenal tracks ever like Paranoid Android and Karma Police. This album is orgasmic. OK Computer is to my ears, mind and soul what a blowjob is to my penis. How can something so depressing be so beautiful? It's like the band is planting pretty flowers on the graves of my happiness and idealism and embracing my depression, misery and mental illnesses. This album is God's gift to us poor souls. It actually helped me through my hardest times and prevented me from ending it all.

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

The Newcomers

? Pure Gold - Glenn Miller Pure Gold - Glenn Miller Product Image
? Life for Rent - Dido Life for Rent - Dido Product Image
The Contenders
11 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Product Image

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.

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.

Ah. Well, this just shows the intelligence and wit of the people that vote on this list; I don't really know what I was expecting though. Without this album, you wouldn't have ANY of the albums listed above it, including Sgt.Pepper and excluding Revolver by the Beatles. (If I'm correct, Revolver inspired pet sounds). In order to truly comprehend the meaning behind this album, you gotta know music history and the context. I mean, putting "Thriller," Queen, or Radiohead in the top ten is ridiculous. Especially when it's above Pet Sounds. This album changed EVERYTHING. If it was released today, it would still be groundbreaking. As a huge Beatles fan myself, I can say no band/artist holds a candle to the genius and creativity of Brian Wilson.

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.

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

Nirvana has the fakest fans ever. Nevermind has ONE song that people know and you already know it, Smells Like Teen spirit. This album has classics and good music, many songs are familiar in this album like "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Ride The Lightning", and "Fade To Black" All masterpieces. I'm not saying nirvana and smells like teen spirit is bad, they're just overrated and known for ONE song. Metallica is overrated I must admit, but they are known for many songs and albums. And there are also fake Metallica fans as well, but if you're a real fan you'd see Metallica has written so many good pieces.

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

Arguably the greatest Heavy Metal album ever created, followed closely by Master of Puppets. I put this album above MOP purely off the maturation and stylistic change in their arrangements and song writing abilities from Kill 'Em All. A true master piece from start to finish. Fade to Black, Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls, and Call of Ktulu stand out above the rest.

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.

13 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Product Image

Greatest Album Of All Time. Not only is it a rebellious pearl in a sea of censorship, It's frigging AWESOME! Every song has so much context while being so amazing at the same time.

Nothing comes close to this. I am sorry but it just doesn't. People buy into the hype of a lot of the albums above because they get told it is great. But actually sit down and listen to this album a few times. All the songs tell a story like a book it is sheer genius. This is also a band who was about to split up and wrote this about America. What normal people will not admit to seeing about the world Green Day was not scared to show people the world they was living in away from what the media tells you Green Day tells it straight. This may not sound like complete punk but trust me this is as punk as it gets.

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.

Track list:
American Idiot: Expressing what nobody has said before, but what everyone has thought
Jesus Of Suburbia: 9 minutes of consistent rock n roll!
Holiday: So rebellious that it's fun
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams: Truly Amazing
Are We The Waiting: Deep, really good use of Billie Joe's voice
St. Jimmy: Thought-Provoking
Give Me Novocaine: Perfect placement of dramatic addiction
She's A Rebel: Adds some romance to the mix
Extraordinary Girl: A good continuation of the previous song
Letterbomb: Great bass line
Wake Me Up When September Ends: Billie Joe's voice made me faint. It's crazy good.
Homecoming: This song makes it all come together, and become the rock opera that it is.
Whatsername: The finale to the world's best album combines every theme seen throughout the entire album. And it ROCKS

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

Battery - Old school thrash at it's finest.
Master Of Puppets - Best title track of an album ever.
The Thing That Should Not Be - Well worked.
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Sanitarium has become one of my favourite words!
Disposable Heroes - Amazing intro, sticks in your head.
Leper Messiah - Only song I actually haven't listened to off Master.
Orion - Two words: Cliff Burton.
Damage Inc. - Nice closing track

Overall - Great album. definitely best metal album.

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.

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).

Metal is still underrated after all this decades with a ton load of classic albums. And MOP is the highest at just 13? You can't put albums like Thriller, they sell well but that doesn't mean it's a masterpiece, if it weren't for Quincy Jones, MJ ain't gonna make that. Pink Floyd? They're great but a little overrated.

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

This is my second favorite Pink Floyd after The Wall. The whole Wish You Were Here era was probably Pink Floyd's best era in my opinion.

The Dark Side Of The Moon might be the greatest album ever made, but it's not even the best pink floyd album. You'd have to look here to see that. There is not a single weak track. The whole concept of Syd and the Music Industry is just perfect.
Ranking of the songs:
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond 6-9
4. Welcome To The Machine
3. Have A Cigar
2. Wish You Were Here
1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond 1-5

Sandwiched between 1973's timeless classic "Dark Side of the Moon" and '79 "The Wall" are two wildly under-appreciated albums; 1975's "Wish You Were Here" and '77 "Animals", each of which stand on their own and deserve critical listens.

Do yourself a sonic favor and listen to the SACD of WYWH in high-resolution multi-channel surround, or thru a quality headphone / preamp rig.

The audiophile experience is nothing short of magical,... imagine your first sexual or chemical experience and you're almost there.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond 1-5
Welcome to the Machine
Have a Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Shine On You Crazy Diamond 6-9

There's absolutely nothing like it!

Wish You Were Here this low? It has Pink Floyd's second best song in my opinion (Shine On You Crazy Diamond pts. 1-9). Great synthesizers and guitar playing on Shine on You Crazy Diamond. Welcome to the Machine also has amazing synthesizers. Have a Cigar is one of their best songs lyrically in my opinion and Wish You Were Here is my 3rd favourite PF song. The emotion in Wish You Were Here (song) and that simple but memorable guitar riff from Gilmour is tear jerking stuff.

16 Kid A - Radiohead Kid A - Radiohead Product Image

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.

I grew up with the Beatles as a kid & now measure every band's work to see if it's up to the standards set by the greatest band ever. This band Radiohead has so far come very close to the superior talent level that it takes to be one of the best ever.
It took me some time to truly understand how complex & special Kid A is & now is one of my favorite albums in all my collection of music. I have all the albums in your top ten except for Thriller.
By the way, their new album, "Moon Shaped Pool" is amazing.
This band seems to be getting better as they age.

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

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.

17 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

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!

Pretty much my top 5 favorite songs of all time are all off this album! Not a single filler song, I could listen to it over and over all day long. Greatest debut album of all time and it contains at least 3 songs which belong on a list of the top 10 rock songs of all time. Oh, and slash is a god

Why this not in top 5?
Are you never listen welcome to the jungle?
Are you never listen paradise city?
Are you never listen sweet child o mine?
This is the best rock album in the world and planet!

! This should be number one! At least in the top ten! This is the best thing that could have happened to rock and roll. I still remember each and every song in it! They all keep playing in my head!

18 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.

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.

No matter what other bands out there do, none of them will equal Black Sabbath. The lyrics are tormented, sure, but no matter the topic there are no swear words. Because both War Pigs (on this album) and Children of the Grave (Master of Reality album) are both anti-war songs.

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

Amazing, monumental hip hop album. Continues many of the themes from good kid, m.A.A.d. city and expands upon them with amazing songs such as The Blacker the Berry, Alright, and King Kunta. Amazing.

A perfect summation of the struggles of African Americans in modern America, Kendrick uses all of his musical skill to its fullest on the record.

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 perfect. It's this kind of album that people use as benchmarks for greatness and perfection in hip-hop and rap. It fuses genres, the lyrics are flawless, the poem said through it. This is art, a masterpiece, a beautiful poet melody, it's just... To Pimp A Butterfly.

20 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.

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.

This album is certainly superior to Sgt.Peppers (which is basically an early wings album with a couple Lennon songs thrown in). The album has a very Dylanesque sound to it when it comes to lyrics, especially with the Lennon compositions, which are leaps and bounds better than McCartney's. This album also features one of my favorite Beatles songs: Nowhere Man, which is lyrically and musically brilliant.

Rubber soul is such an amazing album every song is sone perfectly constructed making you want to listen to this albums over and over again, not to mention awesome songs like Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, Norwegian Wood, In My life and Think For Yourself!

21 Meteora - Linkin Park Meteora - Linkin Park Product Image

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

I have no idea why people like though band so much. It isn't good at all. People think that it brought a new era to music and they're for some reason ranked in the top ten of best bands of all time when none of their albums are in the top 500 on Rolling Stones top 500 albums, and not in the top 100 on best bands of all time in the many lists I have looked at. Linkin Park is probably the most overrated album of all time.

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.

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.

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

"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.

Best Album ever and second best selling album worldwide. There's no bad song on it. On the contrary. Hits like "Shoot To Thrill", "Back In Black", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" and the greatest song of all time "Hell's Bells". New singer Brian Johnson made a really good job. Back In Black is a real tribute for the death singer Bon Scott.
Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, Rock And Roll will survive!

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!

I am in complete utter shock that this is only at number 35. This should be in top 3, along with Pink Floyd and the Beatles. It is the second best selling album in HISTORY from the WORLD'S most badass rock n roll band! With great songs like hells bells, shoot to thrill, you shook me all night long, and of course, back in black, it is a sin that this is below sarah geronimo and gackt, whoever they are. Vote this please!

23 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Product Image

I grew up listening to this album. I know linkin park gets associated with the angsty teenager phase all the time, but that joke is getting old. Listen to the songs again, and you'll realize almost every song has incredible depth. The they play their music with heart and soul. Hybrid theory may not be any dark side of the moon, sure. But it is one of the last albums to have had that much soul put into it before this new era of generally terrible music.

I don't know why this website seems to have so much Linkin Park praise but honestly do they really belong on a top albums list OF ALL TIME? I understand the appeal I suppose, but to me this whole nu metal thing is just kinda a mix of angsty metal-like rock and angsty rap. It's fun maybe on first listen but I feel like it gets really old really quick.

This is actually the best linkin park album ever. It was also my first album. This album contains loads of unforgettable songs. Who could forget In the end, crawling, points of authority, by myself, and paper cut? This should be number 1!

Comparing Thriller and Hybrid Theory... I can say that Thriller has nice songs... But it can't change one's opinion towards life... While Hybrid Theory has inspired many lives... But yeah both Michael and Linkin Park are great!

24 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Product Image

This album really takes you through a journey and makes you think of life and death. Even now I still blast this in my room and act like it's the old days. This album brings me back to a time when stress was not a thing and I could just wake up to watch my favourite cartoons. I think this album is probably the best for all the 2000s kids like myself, when times were awesome. My parents love to tell me about classics like Queen, Led Zeppelin or AC/DC but musicians like My chemical romance or Outkast were the Led Zeppelin of our day. They touched us in a way well never feel again.

This album brings back such bittersweet memories. While I can't say I'm too proud of some of its fans, My Chemical Romance is my favorite band, and I'm typing this in 2015, two years after their break-up. This album is a masterpiece. The lyrics, the instrumentation, just the feeling you get from listening to it - it's beautiful. There's one song in the whole album that I ain't crazy about (House of Wolves). Pretty much all the songs are packed with raw, real emotion, and that's not something that can be said of the vast majority of albums above. I am Yucca Sherbert (sorry if that doesn't make sense), and this is my favorite album of all time.

This album is nothing short of beautiful. The raw energy of some songs like "Dead! " and "Welcome to the Black Parade" is polar opposite to the held-down and somewhat brooding sounds of "Disenchanted" and "Sleep". This album has stood the test of time, with a deep storyline following a cancer patient as he recollects on his life as he is nearing the end of it. Even though it's original listeners are grown now, everyone still gets those times when they feel they want to look back on their own pasts, and this album is inspiring the next generation as well. The lyrics are deep, introspective, and tells a dark and beautiful tale none will ever forget.

Despite the fact that the top ten glorifies the older material, I think that, objectively, every album with such a concept and a deeper lyrical meaning should be superior to everything else. Every song could be a single, every song has depth and power, and most of all, a massive contribution to the general concept of knowing your own death. The whole Beatles discography is some innocent songs that talk about whatever the songwriter feels like at the moment. This and American Idiot outshine everything else just by their impact on real-life aspects. Those albums form opinions and give hope to everyone in a difficult spot

25 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.

Fleetwood Mac is FAR from being one of the best, I honestly don't even think I could put them on my top 20 bands, but Rumours IS without a doubt the best album ever produced. PERIOD. Flawless, not a single track that wasn't a smash, nothing out of place, just the right length, perfect ordering, flows seemlessly from song to song and pulls on each and every emotional fiber in your body.

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.

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