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.

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

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

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

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

This album is an experience like no other. The Beatles are so incredible like that inst the word to describe the amount of genius within them. They made all the songs so catchy and have so much depth with every song feeling so diverse. Wows me every time I listen to it. Pink Floyd are awesome and I really like Dark Side, but The Beatles albums are just so damn good that no other band can come close. I do think however that Pet Sounds (Beach Boys) and Dark Side (Pink Floyd) are brilliant, but any album by The Beatles is the best.

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

In my personal opinion this album is and has been the best rock album of all time. If you listen to it with the new technology, it is just amazing all the instruments and chorus of The Beatles which were impossible to hear in a mono version. Simply fantastic and out of this world

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

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

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.

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

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.

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)

5 Revolver - The Beatles Revolver - The Beatles Product Image

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

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.

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

6 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'd have voted for Siouxsie and the Banshees' Peepshow, but it wasn't listed. It's my favorite album. Oh, well. At least you included Liz Phair. :)

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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.

8 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

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.

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

This is the only album I automatically know all the songs on, and I am a massive 90s rock/alternative/grunge guy, this album is un beleivable and I think it is the best album ever created, despite radiohead being my favorite band of all time, my father being in a very successful 80s band and me meeting heaps of great artists, I am very hooked up and hooked in with music, and from other peoples oppinions and mine, I believe this is the best album of all time and will always be. On you kurt! Another thing is all his emotions went into the album, that is the true meaning of music people, emotion, and you can't get more than kurt. This IS REAL MUSIC

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.

Come on, really? Only #5? This album is legendary and is one of the greatest turning points in music history. The album has a really strong start with perhaps one of the greatest songs ever, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and continues to add onto the awesomeness throughout the album. This should be nudged up at least 2 or 3 spots. This is by far my favorite album ever!

10 Ok Computer - Radiohead Ok Computer - Radiohead Product Image

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

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

The Newcomers

? In the Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon - King Crimson Product Image
? Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too - New Radicals Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too - New Radicals Product Image
The Contenders
11 Ride the Lightning - Metallica Ride the Lightning - Metallica Product Image

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

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.

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

12 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.

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

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

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.

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.

After 2001 When The Crapy Pop Stars And Disney Stars Got Big Everyone Though "This Is It For The Entire Rock Genre As We Know It".But Then Came Green With American Idiot And They Just Blew Everyone's Minds. Not A Single Bad Song On The Entire Album And Some Of The Songs Are Considered As Some Of The Greatest Punk Rock Songs Of All Time Like "Jesus Of Suburbia" "Holiday" And Of Course "American Idiot".

I Personally Love Everything About This Albums And This Alongside Dookie, Insomniac And Nimrod Are Some of My Favorite Albums(Just My Opinion). Although This Doesn't Deserve The Top 10 But It Definitely Should Be In The Top 20.

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.

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

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.

From the emotional Welcome Home (Sanitarium) to the epic instrumental piece Orion, this album is an unforgettable piece that totally changed metal as we know it today, totally should check it out. It deserves it's place in the top 10. Suggested listening:

Master Of Puppets (the song)
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

15 Kid A - Radiohead Kid A - Radiohead Product Image

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

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.

Number 15th? wow, don't get me wrong, dark side of the wall is definitely a close second but in my opinion having listened to a damn lot of bands and albums, Kid A is arguably the best album of all time, it is however without a doubt the best album of the 21st century, NO band can ever experiment as much as radiohead did in this album and still come up with a masterpiece, look at nevermind whihc god knows how is above this, EVERY single song on that album sounds the same (except polly and something in the way which sound similar to each other anyway), the masterpiece in that album SLTS was written by kurt in a parking lot just before going to record it, these kids and their nostalgia goggles about how "everything was so much better in the 90s mannn" will never ever be able to understand how radiohead are without a doubt the greatest band of all time and Kid A is their masterpiece.

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

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

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.

I like Dark Side but it's gonna take more than a few sound effects, chiming clocks and an annoying woman to amaze me. Wish You Were Here is a much more fulfilling album song wise. One if the few albums like Boston where you have heard every single song on the radio at some time. Dark Side was PFs make or break album where they weren't really sure where they were going and WYWH was where they had the confidence musically and lyrically to know what they were giving the world.

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

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!

14?! Why the heck? The Beatles are extremely overrated, Linkin Park is stupid, and WHO ON EARTH IS MEROWIN?! Appetite for Destruction is one of the best albums ever made, by one of the best band ever: Guns n Roses, my fourth favourite band. My favourite songs on this album in order from best to worst:

1. Paradise City
2. Sweet Child O Mine
3. Welcome To The Jungle
4. Night Train

Just realised its exactly the same list as I-love-rock-and-roll's. Hmm.

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

Guns and roses is just about the worst band ever created on the face of the earth. Their music is total crap, and this album is just the cherry on top of the sundae. This album ruined rock music

18 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.

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.

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.

19 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.

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

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.

One of the best rap albums. Top 5 rap albums would be:
5: all eyez on me
4: the Marshall mathers lp
3: to pimp a butterfly
2: illmatic
1: enter the wu-tang (36 chambers)

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.

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

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!

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!

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

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 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.

25 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.

Best tracks: The End, Welcome To The Black Parade, Dead!, Cancer, Disenchanted

Worst Tracks: This Is How I Disappear, Teenagers

Ranking: 8.5/10

I fell out of love with the majority of rock and pop punk bands, but the flair and eccentricity of this has album kept me coming back long after I had lost interest in other bands of the genre. On top of this Gerard Way's vocal performance on this album is mesmerising. This album demonstrates the album really working together as a cohesive band, and not a singer with a bunch of session musicians - with delicate bass work from Mikey, interweaving guitar parts from Ray and Frank, and iconic drum grooves fro Bob. The addition of new instruments like: Piano, Synthesisers, Strings, Percussion, Horns, ensures that this album doesn't fall down the same pitfalls that Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge did. It is clear to see that with this album really perfected their craft, and focused on writing catchy songs that still hold up even ...more

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

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