Best Albums of All Time
The Top Ten
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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.
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
It deserves to be at number 1 but I'm surprised it is - OnionListsV 297 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
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'!
Yup. - GrimmShadyV 156 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.
I can't listen to any individual songs on dark side of the moon and the beatles are highly overrated, but led zeppelin IV, what a beautiful album it is. From the powerful riff of "Black Dog" to the head banging fun of "Rock and Roll" to the masterpiece that is "Stairway to Heaven" to the beautifully crazy sound of "Misty Mountain Hop" to the powerfully intense sound of "When the Levy Breaks" Led Zeppelin IV offers some of the best music ever written. I can say for a fact that I could listen to Led Zeppelin IV all the way through on repeat every day for 50 years and never get tired of it. Jimmy Page puts his heart and soul into stairway, John Paul Jones shows up with one of the most powerful bass riffs ever in "When the Levy Breaks," John Bonham kicks it up to 11 in "Four Sticks" and Robert Plant has never sounded like he's had more fun than in "Rock and Roll." In no other album has a band ever pooled all of their talents so well into an album, and I can say that it all works together ...more
Its really impossible to choose an actual "number one" album, but this is a good pick, stairway to heaven is the greatest sounding solo of all time, and the song doesn't use any percusion or bass for the first few minutes but its still so great people will listen to the whole 8 or 9 minutes it is! Then its got rock and roll which is top 10 favorite rock songs for me, incredible, when the levee breaks is a great example of how zeppelin could turn a nonsingle cover song into a timeless hard rock classic, then they could had an acoustic song like going to California and made it amazing, not to mention this is one of the best selling albums by any artist from any genre EVER, all in all great album
(there are too many great albums out there to choose, this actually isn't even my favorite zeppelin album, its third behind Led Zeppelin II and houses of the holy) - MichaellScott
Should be #1!V 49 Comments
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.
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
Fall Out Boy and Five's Greates Hits before this work of genius? Can't believe it, this is a masterpiece and should easily be in top 10! - elin_m
Recommendation: Come Together - OkelyDokelyComputerV 59 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.
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.
I am so in awe of this true work of artistic genius that I have nothing to add to the thoughtful and thought-provoking comments already here. It is a testament to the intellectual subtlety and deep emotional resonances of this album that it can inspire so many insightful comments, and yet still seem to exist 99% outside our collective efforts to grasp it - such is its power to "elude" us!V 64 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
This song has the experimentation and unity of Sgt. Peppers, but each song can also stand on its own, as its own entity.
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!
The fact that a third of the top 12 albums on this list are Beatles albums says it all and this is the best in my opinionV 35 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
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!
Come on now, it's obvious that Michael Jackson's Thriller Album is the best selling album of all time, it's timeless the songs are excellent and Michael put his all into the production process along with quincy jones and in my opinion it is a cut above any other album that is supposedly claimed to be best selling. Rock on Michael cause you're the best
This album is best selling album ever! It must be top on the list...what's wrong with this list? ¿ it's like a insult for our king Michael...V 154 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
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.
Best album ever. Hands down.V 128 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
Life changing, revolutionary, and unforgettable - InsertNameHere
this is the greatest album of all time, no question. it is as close to perfect as humanly possible and maybe even past that. not only is it flawless, but the music trandsends that of any other work ever to come out.
I respect that Radiohead's music is not for everyone, but... holy crap, this album is fantastic!V 124 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 houses more than just the song we all know.
The first song is Death On Two Legs, a song written by Mercury about his manager, who got all of the earnings from their Sheer Heart Attack album. This song has an amazing intro and some vital lyrics.
Then you have Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, a lovely retro song with a light piano intro. Another mastery from Mercury.
I'm In Love With My Car is a hard rocking song that Roger apparently wrote about the desire for his automobile. Roger sings this song.
You're my best friend is a light hearted song written by Johnny. He wrote it in honour of his wife and still remains a widely recognized anthem today.
39 Is a Sci-Fi folk song written by Dr. May and features him taking the role on lead vocals with his soft voice and magnificent backing vocals from Freddie and Roger.
Sweet Lady is a song written by Mr. May about a relationship. The lyrics, most consider poor quality, but the riff is extremely ...more
Okay, all Queen fans,... I love you (not in a creepy way).
Queen haters,... YOU ARE EVIL! WHAT'S THERE NOT TO LOVE?!
Long live Queen. Long live Freddie Mercury.
I'm sorry, but why did you only mention Freddie? What about Brian, roger or john? There forgotten too much. - gemcloben
One of the Greatest Album. Creative - kruegertobeyV 60 Comments
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.
The Wall is great, but it does not deserve a higher spot than the Beach Boy's "Pet Sounds". Pet Sounds is the only album that can stand close to the Beatles Sgt Pepper's and Revolver. It has a true meaning too, love and acceptance.V 54 Comments
Fade to Black, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death... this is easily the best metal album ever
Deserves to be above Master Of Puppets - VaticanCameos
Better than most of the ones on top ten. Definitely one of the greatest. Also, behind this should be rust in peace, classic rock still rules over metals no matter how much better metal is.
Nothing can even touch its greatnessV 13 Comments
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.
On a whim...
And without any real prior knowledge of their collected works...
I started collecting their original albums on vinyl...
And I found...
I REALLY LOVE RUBBER SOUL!
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!
The first perfect pop/rock album. There's been more complex albums, more heavier and deeper albums but never an album that hits the balance so artfully that this masterpiece.V 20 Comments
I can't believe master of puppets is 73 on this list. Should be first n following it, ride the lightning, and justice for all, kill em all, black album, n that's just the top 5, then reign in blood, rust in peace, the years of decay, ironbound, vulgar display of power, cowboys from hell, the list goes on n on..
Metallica fanboy much? Don't get me wrong, I love Metallica, but there is no way in hell that the top 5 should just be Metallica. - shimberd
The music on this album is unlike anything else ever been written or will be written. The music is like nothing I've ever heard, and this album blew me away. Master of Puppets transcends music altogether. - 1029384756
Master of Puppets is surely a top 10 choice, and top 3 amongst the picks here, it is the best, most influential and amongst the best selling metal albums of all time!
Good to see stuff like Zep, Pink Floyd and Metallica up here. No idea how pathetic like Nirvana and Radiohead are up here with the, though.V 33 Comments
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.
This album was the most influential album on metal. It completely changed music forever
This album had all or their biggest hits, Iron Man, War Pigs, Paranoid
Not the best album made but it is sabbath at their finest, what it has done for the metal genre alone should make it higher on this listV 10 Comments
Of course the best album ever by the best band. No 1 because...
Sweet child o' mine
Welcome to the jungle
Night train - i-love-rock-n-roll
Why in the hell is this not higher on this list! Should be number 1... I was surprised this wasn't in AT LEAST the top 10... I'm glad that S&M made it on the top ten though... This, Back in Black, Master of Puppets, Blizzard of Ozz, they all need in the top 10... This album is clearly deserving of a place in the top 10! Has so many many many great songs on it...
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
This should be way higher on the list and where is ac/dc back and blackV 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.
Slightly unpopular opinion: Kid A is better than OK Computer. "Everything in its Right Place" is just a perfect way to start the musical journey that is this album.V 36 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.
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.
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.
This has to be the best album ever made.I have this album on three formats now and three times on cd.
I can't understand why it's so low on the list, it should be number one.
If anyone asks me what album they should buy I always say London Calling.
If you don't have this album you are a pervert and you need to be locked up.
A band in turmoil producing amazing songs. Never heard an album that clearly demonstrates the emotion of the writers in each and every song. Masterpiece!
One great song after another. The one album where you can unquestionably say they wore their hearts on their sleeves...
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.
Everything on this is greatness!V 29 Comments
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.
Htf is this Bob's first mention? By #26 Dylan should have like 10 albums listedV 9 Comments
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