Best Albums of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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'!

Sgt. Pepper's is a musical masterpiece that shaped the course of music itself after it's release. With songs like "With a Little Help from my Friends","Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home" and "A Day in the Life", each one of which are masterpieces in their own right, this album is truly the single greatest album of all time.

3 Abbey Road - The Beatles

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

Come together Here comes the sun and so many more classics on this album - simmonsjen11

Yeah cool

The best album ever made! This albums is just indescribable

4 Revolver - The Beatles

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

This is one of the best albums of all time, undoubtedly.
It might have been released in 1966, yet it sounds as if it was released just a week ago! Especially the closing track Tomorrow Never Knows!
An astounding album which must've been truly awe-inspiring in its time.

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

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

5 Thriller - Michael Jackson

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

Michael Jackson album Thriller is the best album ever sold or made I don't care what anybody else say stop player hating

Greatest album of all time period

Biggest selling album in the world and for good reason. Sure is funky as hell

6 Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) - Led Zeppelin

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.

What the hell are the beatles doing ahead of ZOSO? - unknown-soldier

2 great songs from this album are black dog and stairway to heaven - simmonsjen11

Why deserves it to be on top? Easy, no album was better written than LZ4

7 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

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

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

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

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

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.

Why the hell this is only 14? Probably the most influential album of all time. A baroque pop masterpiece and the greatest progressive pop album ever.

8 The Wall - Pink Floyd

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

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

Possibly one of the very few albums on this list based on actual events, The Wall dives into the isolated life of a rock star who endured a cheating wife, abusive school teachers, an overprotective mother, and his father dying in World War II. Pink winds up building a metophorical "wall" in order to keep the world around him out. Containing some of Pink Floyd's grandest songs (Another Brick in the Wall, Young Lust, Hey You, Run Like Hell, The Trial, and of course, Comfortably Numb), The Wall is an album you truly have to listen to from beginning to end in order to get the story of it all. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

My favorite album ever - johnd6213

9 A Night at the Opera - Queen

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

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

This album is such an amazing album; absolutely none of the songs go unnoticed or are put downs. They all hold just grand meanings and beauty.

A Night at the Opera is very overrated, and would probably be Queen's worst album if not for Bohemian Rhapsody. Jazz, however, is their best album. - I80

This album is simply brilliant. Simply put, there will be no other album that matches it's greatness.

10 Ok Computer - Radiohead

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

If you mean to insult people for only talking about pop, you found the wrong site to do that on. People here actually agree with you - Songsta41

Radiohead is an artist that sadly is a very specific taste so not as many people will listen to it like they do Dark side of the moon or, sgt. peppers, (which are very clearly 2 of the best ever written) but regardless I think this album should be up there right close to number 1. Thom's lyrics are as good, if not better than anyone elses. They were able to experiment greatly with time signatures, strange instruments, unorthodox noises from a regular instrument, etc. And they managed to make every song an absolute favorite (besides fitter happier but regardless that still has a deep message to it). I know not everyone is gonna appreciate or like the not so mainstream sound of the alt-rock at best album but I still think its work should not go unnoticed. Plus the music is so easy to resonate to on a personal level which I find trouble doing with other lyricists such as Roger waters, (I understand them and they're definitely sending a message that I understand its just not hitting me to ...more

Life changing, revolutionary, and unforgettable - InsertNameHere

My favourite music album of all time. All songs are musical genius. Masterpiece.


The Newcomers

? Wild Wood - Paul Weller
? Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light - Woods of Ypres

The Contenders

11 Nevermind - Nirvana

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

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

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

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

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

Best 90's album

12 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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.

The best trash metal album

Master of puppets is legendary - simmonsjen11

Best metallica album ever and it proved heavy metal still had ideas before tool and Alice in chains screwed everything up

13 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Yeah, I voted because it's metal and that's br00tal

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 - Disturbedpotato

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

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

This album was their 'breakout' album and was life changing for many of us, It belongs here, high on the list. But Kill 'Em All is their best in my opinion. It catches them right in their prime

14 Rubber Soul - The Beatles

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

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

None of my top few Beatles songs are on this album, but Rubber Soul is the most consistently good all the way through.

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.

15 American Idiot - Green Day

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.

The greatest

Best album in my opinion

Best album now

16 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

I figured this would be at least in the top 3.

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

This is the best first album ever for a band and also the best album of all time!

Sweet child of mine, welcome to the jungle and Mr brownstone in just their first album! THE BEST

17 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

This or the dark side of the moon, but WYWH gets my vote for two reasons: it's currently only 16th, and it is more musically consistent.
Every song is brilliant, and you have 44 minutes of a perfectly crafted sonic journey, with some haunting lyrical themes and melodies.
Far in advance of anything the Beatles did, even if they did it first.

I mean, yeah, what else is it going to be? It's not a collection of songs, it's sonic artwork

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

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

18 London Calling - The Clash

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.

Bought this album when I was 14 and it was brand new. Didn't even know what I was getting. I wore out 2 vinyl copies of it over the years, which really is the only way to truly enjoy it. It loses something in the digital domain. Unabashedly, my favorite album of all time.

Even the worst song on this album (possibly "Lover's Rock") is better than about 80-95% of songs ever rerecorded. The Clash's first four albums are all awesome (Combat Rock is just good, not great) but this is their best. High Points: It is impossible to choose, they are all so good.

This should definitely be top 10, if not top 5. These list are always run by classic rock purists who think that Pink Floyd can do no wrong. Either that or kids who think they know music that isn't pop, while listening to the pop of the previous generations.

19 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

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. - JoLeKosovo

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

By far more lyricial and complex than most albums on this list. Combine that with amazing flows, beats and storytelling and you'll get one of the best albums of all time.

Future classic

20 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park


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

This album is my childhood.

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

21 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

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.

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

22 Meteora - Linkin Park

Should be at least in top ten. This is a masterpiece

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.

Should be placed in top 10

19? I've lost faith in humanity. What is wrong with you, people? Get this to top 10, idots.

23 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

All the top 10 Beatles albums are good no doubt, but Rumours changed a lot of things in music after it's 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.

Great and nice

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

So underrated!

24 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground

For me it was a toss up between this and bridge over troubled water, though I love Simon and garfunkel and there music is just so charming, this album is so out there and creative it had to get the vote, the velvet underground are pure genius and yes this album may not have the mass appeal of Sgt. Pepper but does that mean it's not as good of course not, in fact this album is above and beyond, no one has made music quite like the velvet underground, they shown another side to music, they shown us what music can be, it's amazing what they did with this album and they should be recognised as one of the greats

This is the most influential and greatest album of all time. End of discussion. To have it in the 100s is a disgrace. The album is so far ahead of it's time that we still haven't caught up to it. The blues drone, the proto-punk lyrics and riffs. This album was designed to shock, using overdrive in a way Hendrix would never have imagined and literally creating alternative and noise rock. It's a brutal, maniac genius album, with the only free rock song I've ever heard. European Son

Velvet really says it all. Velvet is as it is. On a rainy sunday with nothing to do!
Playing this in its entirety will guarantee your sunday becoming a Saturday.
Trust me, its true. - Raedor

Judging by the albums placed higher than this one and the reviews for said albums, I have concluded that not a single person who uses this website is over the age of twelve and/or has some kind major learning disability.

25 Kid A - Radiohead

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

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

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

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

26 Back in Black - AC/DC

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!

Back in Black is the best selling album in history... have to be in the top 3 - Xenothor

Check your facts, I is currently surpassed by Led zeppelin 4 and thriller, both higher than this on the list - Sultan_of_Swing

"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.

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!

27 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

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

Helped me and still helping me every time.

Everything on it is really good (Even stuff that isn't WTTBP) and it all fits together perfectly as an album and a story, which few popular albums can boast.

28 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

First and foremost, this album should be in the top 10 without a doubt. If you are wondering why a bad singer's album deserves this place, you might take a closer look on the songs:
1. Like A Rolling Stone: Best song ever, recording to the Rolling Stones magazine.
2. Tombstone Blues: A parade of historical character like Jack the Ripper.
3. It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry: An abstract poem. Take your time to interpret it.
4. From A Buick 6: A reference to old blues songs where the origin of Rock 'N Roll lies.
5. Ballad Of A Thin Man: An abstract, poetic, and cynical critique of society.
6. Queen Jane Approximately: A depressed man who wants to meet a girl.
7. Highway 61 Revisited: Along Highway 61 were several essential blues songs recorded.
8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues: A morality tale about redemption and sin.
9. Desolation Row: An apocalyptic overview of the history of mankind.

With this album Bob Dylan marked his shift from ...more

Revolver and the White Album would definitely exist, the Beatles had already had a shift in style, and though it was partially due to Dylan, it was because they met hi not this album, they had already done Rubber Soul and were going to stay on the track without this album, it's a good album, but Revolver and the White Album would still have existed without them - VeritusEro

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.

One of the all time Great authors of music and an incredible writer. May I state for mr. Dylans ears I never heard a song of his I did not like. Thanks for so many incredible hours of music. The Gladiator.

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

29 Animals - Pink Floyd

For those who haven't heard it, give it a listen, then give Dark Side of the Moon a try. If you don't love these when you're young, you'll grow to love them when you're older. I grew up on AC/DC (was at the Back in Black live concert), Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Queen, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Billy Joel and loved them all--in their Day. The only music that seems to have serious holding power over the generations is the Beatles and Pink Floyd. While Elvis may be the king of Rock n Roll and MJ the king of Pop, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is still selling over a 1/2 million copies annually and has been for almost 50 years. NO OTHER ALBUM can claim this. While the Beatles and a very small number of other artists do this over all albums combined, clearly a single album with that staying power transcends fads and fashion through pure musicality and speaking to the human condition in the worldwide audience. People can argue opinions forever, but when an album never stops selling at ...more

Pink floyds best and most underrated album

My personal favorite Pink Floyd album - HenryMan73

Being a Pink Floyd fan I'm happy to see that both DSOTM and The Wall are included in the top 10, although I'm very disappointed to find Animals so far down on the list. I strongly believe that this album is severely underrated. This is personally my favourite Pink Floyd album. The combination of Roger Water's straightforward, no B.S. lyrics about politics, society and censorship, with the incredibly creative and progressive music by the rest of the group make this a perfect album. There is simply nothing else like it. If you've never listened to it I strongly recommend you do.

30 Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

oh, I could name so many great things about this album no, masterpiece. and only 41st place? what a shame. invaders starts with an incredible riff and depicts the slaughters of the saxons in the olden days. #2 is about the movie"children of the damned"it is slow and melodic until a vocal genius by the name of bruce dickinson speeds up the tempo. the next two songs are nowhere near as amazing but still great. Then we get to the rock anthem"the number of the beast"which will knock any true metal lover of his/her feet. with a complex and insane riff followed by bruce dickinsons beautiful voice it is one of the most outstanding songs on this album. next is "run to the hills"with its remarkable drums which stands out over all of adrians glorious guitar work. now is my only problem with this album "Gangland"it is by all means not a bad song but it is so out of place in this wondorous album. finally is the single most influencial and beautiful and... ...more - cyraxbot

This is the one that took Maiden from headlining Theaters and Pubs to an opening band for names like Ozzy and Kiss. Bruce made all the difference in becoming a headline act. I stilI enjoy Paul, every song on "Iron Maiden" and "Killers" are untouchable. When I listen to them I turn it to 11. I believe "Peace of Mind" was their first headline album tour, and they never looked back. Steve of the best Bassist ever! (come on got to give the like to Lemmy, Geddy, Jaco, and many more ). UP THE IRONS!

After rocky start with Invaders, the next 7 are legendary. From the iconic Number of the Beast and the surprisingly catchy Run to the Hills To the angry The Prisoner and the guitar driven 22 Acacia Avenue all of them build to the finale of Hallowed be Thy Name, which is the perfect Iron Maiden Song and one of the best metal songs ever written

I typed a large comment for this album but accidently deleted it. Nevertheless, this album rocks! - CaptDeadeye

31 White Album - The Beatles

The richest album of all time - GFA


The album just has so many great songs.

Should be in the top!

32 The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths

Why isn't this higher?!?!?!? Should be at least top 20

What is wrong with you people this album is a masterpiece! I saw more than one Linkin Park albums on here - what we have here on this sight is a bunch of Eminem Linkin Park Michael Jackson Pink Floyd Green Day butt kissers!

Classic Smiths. In my top 10.

Number 523?!?

what is wrong with people?

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33 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

Fallen, Meteora, Dear Agony, and Nevermind above THIS?! We need to get this higher than 39 - TheDarkOne_221b

The Al Pacino movie is better.

Blackened, and justice for all, one, harvester of sorrow, dyers eve and much more. There is not a bad song on this album

The fact that this wasn't up here shows how many people are def. This is, IMO, the GREATEST album ever released. -

34 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

This album has it all. At a time when Eminem was getting criticised for all his controversy from his first album. So what does he do, make an even more controversial album and it became an instant success. How can a diamond album that sold nearly 2 million copies in its first week be this low. The whole album is packed with genius songs and lyrics and it was an album that told everyone to shut up and listen because Em couldn't care less. A masterpiece

This needs to be higher, no diamond album should be rated this low, with meaningful tracks like Stan and songs to show off em's skills like the real slim shady, this album is the complete package.

You can't talk classics without bringing up eminem

How is this not higher what? all the above "albums" are worse than this, who cares about beatles overrated as hell

35 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

This is basically the black version of The Dark Side of the Mood lol. Best album Motown ever made - AlexZoraj

The SACD version is what's going on...and on.. and on again...

All I can say is get this album it will change your life and it will change the way you listen to music. It is without doubt the greatest album of all time

Without question, this is a top ten effort. You can listen to this album start to finish. Many of the issues still relevant today. This is a timeless effort.

36 Fallen - Evanescence

As I look back on the beginnings of this group, this is an album that I wish that I could experience again...for the first time. For my ears it was so unique and moving. I can still feel the buzz that was alive when this group first hit big. An exciting moment frozen in time when the founders, Amy Lee and Ben Moody made for a powerful duo that went south so suddenly.

Shouldn't it at least be in the top 5?

One word... PERFECT!

I think it is the album of Evanescence and it consists of all of my favourite songs like Bring me To Life, My Immortal and Tourniquet. The Open Door and Evanescence are also too good. Please vote it to take a better position. It can go to the top

37 Illmatic - Nas

Best hip hop album ever created in my opinion even though dark side of the moon is my favourite album illmatic will always be in my top 5 it's lyrically insane

This is the standard all lyrically inclined music should be held to. It is a benchmark achievement for modern music.

Why is this album not at least in the top ten on this list. Christ is seems like the people who vote on these lists think that music died with nirvana. I personally do not strive to be hipster but I do believe that music is all just a matter of taste and opinion but God the hipster type always put down hip hop as being meaningless just because they have only heard mainstream hip hop. Well, hipsters I challenge u to listen to this album and not respect the pure genius that is Nasir jones

"Hipsters" LOVE Illmatic.
However, this site is not a very "hipster" website. Illmatic is amazing indeed. - JoLeKosovo

The graetest rapping man

38 Who's Next - The Who

Coming from a person who has actually listened to the entire album from start to finish, Who's Next is truly of the few rock albums without filler songs at all.
A true masterpiece by one of the best bands to ever set foot on Earth, The Who! A groundbreaking album and many years ahead of its time, which still sounds fresh today.

Why is The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance above The Who's Who's Next?

I'm not saying that My Chemical Romance are bad, but they just CAN'T compare to The Who in my opinion! At least one Who member beats all the My Chemical Romance members combined!

This is up there with Abbey Road and the Dark Side of the Moon. The songwriting is stellar, the performances are exciting, and even lesser-known moments like "Love Ain't For Keeping" and "The Song Is Over" are magnificent in their own right. And I don't think I even have to mention Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again! - ThatDudeRoss

I can not express the mind blowing experience of listening to this album when it came out. One of the greatest albums I've ever heard.

39 Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

So so underrated album from most underrated band. Listen guys take this higher it deseves more.

This is a good album but it should NOT be this high up the list

My favorite album in the 21st century so far. lyrical genius, this album takes you to an emotional state where you feel pain of the author. as a concept album, the songs work well together to come up with 1 overall background. damn, it's beautiful... - unknown-soldier

I will not bow my favorite song from them

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40 Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones

This deserves to be a lot higher. Maybe not the best album ever, but it gave us some of the most amazing songs ever

The Stones are not my favourite band, but this is the best album ever recorded!

This looks like a good album

Easily in the top 20 only to be surpassed by EXILE! They had an amazing run of albums from BEGGARS -EXILE!...unsurpassed...

41 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie

An incredibly engaging and intriguing work!
The cohesiveness of the album is astonishing. Every song serves as a basis for the next one regardless of their tonality or theme. Even skipping one track would ruin the pacing and it would also be an absolute sin to miss out on such good rock! Fellas, it's definitely one of those few albums advised to be listened in their entirety - singles such as Starman are not reflecting the depth creativity and the overall genius of David Bowie.
This album cannot be anything else than glamorous 10/10.

Every song on here is a classic.

Could change lives

Why is this so low?

42 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

Holy wars, Tornado Of Souls, Hangar 18 all 3 in top 10 metal songs of all time.
Five Magics, Lucretia, Rust in peace polaris all strong too. Overall amazing album, best in metal for sure.

The best metal album of all-time for sure. "Paranoid" comes to close though. The album when the riffs and guitar solos reached the peak of metal and perhaps music in general.
More complexity than Reign in Blood or Master of Puppets.

63 is just sinful. Say what you want about Dave Mustaine's wild accusations when he's given a mic / twitter account, but this album is a classic thrash metal album. I think this deserves to be in at least the top 20 albums of all time because it was so jam - packed with great metal hits that it should be considered throughout all genres for best.

One of the best metal albums of all time. I'm surprised it's this low, should be higher than some of the other bands on here such as Linkin Park and Green Day.

43 Dookie - Green Day

Amazing album

Like this album

Should in top 10

Great album

44 2112 - Rush

Side one of this album is a top of the line science fiction short story espoused through a magnificent musical medium. There is not another album remotely similar. I enjoyed reading the lyrics while listening to it, and picturing the scenarios in my mind.

This should be Higher on the list - RushFan123

While Moving Pictures is what I prefer, you can't deny 2112 power. - CaptDeadeye

LONG LIVE RUSH! Featuring the band's longest song, 2112 is the album that saved their career and proved that progressive rock wasn't dead. - CaptDeadeye

45 In Rainbows - Radiohead

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

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

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

Really gets overshadowed by Kid A and OK Computer but in my opinion, overall, it's better than both

46 Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience


Why is this so low? One of the greatest albums of all time made by the best guitarist of all time!

Led Zeppelin
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The first three hard rock bands. - AlexZoraj

You know what's great about this list? They don't make albums anymore. Therefore, you don't have Carrie Underwood, Jackie Evancho, or any of the other reality stars that you see on virtually every other top ten list. To say it's refreshing is the biggest understatement I've ever made on one of these sites.

47 Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

Musicality wise, this isn't even close to being the best album of all time, and some could even go for the sound of the album. The album isn't consistent in its tone, but for me, that's what sells it. I don't expect this to be praised by all and it doesn't deserve #1 best album of all time. But it is without a doubt a great album and it is my personal favorite.

Last good A7X album

There are so much better albums to put here in this spot. - Demogorgan

By Far the best album ever made every song on this album is perfection and it also has one of the best songs ever made on it, Afterlife. - Fabio-Fabulous-of-swag-town

48 Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory - Dream Theater

All the others above are there because they are mainstream. Dream Theater is the furthest you can get from mainstream, so in that sense, it's pretty high up.

Great display of sublime musicianship... - unknown-soldier

Maiden was my fave with Metallica 2nd, Dream Theater is my new fave, Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory is great!

You can't get any better can you?

49 Bad - Michael Jackson

It is AMONG one of the worlds best selling albums, selling OVER 30 Million copies - SmoothCriminal

One of my favorite albums this and thriller and dangerous I can't choose they all good

Great album with songs like bad, speed demon, another part of me, man in the mirror, dirty Diana, smooth criminal, leave me alone and more

It has my #1 song of all time in it, SMOOTH CRIMINAL - SmoothCriminal

50 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

Timeless vocals and instrumentals. Thunder Road = to be young and in love

He is Bruce and he tried to sing but he cannot, he is the worst entertainer ever!

Born to Run 44?
What the hell who votes here anyway? This is the most legendary album. All 8 tracks are brilliant songs, especially Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Night, Backstreets, Born to Run, She's the One, Meeting Across the River and the epic final-Jungleland. This album makes every other album look poor, this is the greatest thing in the history of the world and it's 44?

I like how you said "All 8 tracks are brilliant, especially..." and then named every single track on the album - epicness2099

This isn't an argument at all this is the greatest album of all time. If anything is better it is Darkness on the Edge of Town. I don't even want to get into this, there is too much to write. If you haven't listened to it then please play it through and listen to the lyrics.

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