Best Albums of All Time

The Contenders: Page 2

21 Kid A - Radiohead

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

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

This is just my silly opinion, but this album is an amazing work of art, and to me at least deserves to be in at least the top 15. I can't really rate each track by my own opinion to show because Kid A is an experience you need to listen to yourself to truly understand the full experience.

Kid a is the greates thing. Ever. No questions asked.

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22 Meteora - Linkin Park

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.

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

Meteora is one of the finest album ever made in the history of rock genre and best given by Linkin Park it should be at top position

Is good album - Irratix

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23 White Album - The Beatles

It's called the "White Album" only because the album had the "Beatles" spelled out and that was it on a white background.

The White Album is truly a great album! I love it so much. All of The Beatles albums are the best!

I liked this album. It was not bad by any means. I do have one problem with it, and that is that it's boring as hell. Still, I give this album a 6/10 at best. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was way better.

Amazing

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24 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.

One of the best album ever created.
It deserves to be at number 1..
BEST ALBUM EVER CREATED.
Thanks Linkin Park for existing

Hybrid theory is average at best it belongs no where near the rest of the albums here. Why they're so popular on this site I will never know

20 IS a little low for the best album by the most popular band on the planet. Has sold 29 million copies since 2000. BIG DEAL. Songs awesome. Style awesome. Mike shinoda awesome. Ches ben awesome. And in the end it doesn't even matter?

The best and most underrated album is this

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25 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

Being from Minnesota, my wife and I love to travel up Highway 61. If you saw how beautiful Lake Superior is, you would know where the inspiration for a lot of Dylan's songwriting comes from. We were in a gift store along Highway 61 in Two Harbors, Minn., one evening about seven years ago and the storekeeper had a guest book people could sign. My wife and I signed it and noticed the name "Bob Dylan" about five places ahead of ours. I asked the store owner if he had been in here and obviously not being a huge fan, she said, "Well, what does he look like? " My wife laughed and said, "I guess he would kind of look like an old hippie". The store owner said someone fitting that description had been in the store about a half hour before. I'm kind of skeptical because I really don't know that Dylan would sign a guest book and if he did, he probably wouldn't sign it as Dylan. Still, he's eccentric enough that you can ever be totally sure.

It's a shame that more people haven't heard the magic that is 'Highway 61'. It can only be described as, quite frankly, one of those albums that changed everything. Without this album, as well as 'Bringing It All Back Home', Dylan essentially invented modern rock music as it is today. - ybothermatt

I hate my generation. MJ dies and becomes the greatest thing since the wheel, he's overrated one of the greatest entertainers ever yes but his songs are par. The fact that Highway 61 is this low is crap it is ranked #4 of the all time records according to rolling stones magazine. I know this list is crap because Sgt Pepper and pet sounds are also two of the most important albums ever but not in the top ten.

Htf is this Bob's first mention? By #26 Dylan should have like 10 albums listed

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26 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

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.

Oh my god. It's pretty obvious what kinds of people vote here if BORN TO RUN ISN'T IN THE TOP 10! Go and listen to this album before you vote. Stuff like Linkin Park is crap compared to this.

Simply the greatest rock'n'roll album ever made"

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27 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

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.

This is a top ten album, no question about it. This album got me through college. Pink Floyd is among the greatest bands ever assembled. Clearly this list was put together by someone who was hellbent on giving equal time to the more recent bands, none of which are even close to the bands of the 60's and 70's.

Undisputed best album. Not one single note, not one single second on this ultimate masterpiece that does not contribute to its sheer ingenuity...

Simply brilliant. That is all.

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28 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

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

Don't agree that this is the best of all time album, but I do agree. Just cause its fans suck doesn't mean they suck. - epicness2099

This album had to be number one it talks about death which I don't think any other band could have done the theatrical of this album was so amazing especially the songs welcome to the black parade and famous last words... I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone my chemical romance is the best alternative rock band I love Gerard way, Mikey way, frank iero, and ray toro they are so hot seriously start listening to this band they change lives in a good way My Chemical Romance for life!

I expected this to be in the top 10... It doesn't even make top 135.. One of the greatest albums of all time in my opinion... I've heard top to bottom.. From Abbey Road to I am.. Sasha Fierce

My chemical romance one of my favorite bands. Here is a list.
Disturbed
Get Scared
Three Days Grace
Hollywood Undead
Thousand Foot Krunch
My Chemical Romance
Skillet

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29 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

with tracks like hallowed be thy name and number of th beast this is the greates album of all time, and michael jackson? please - onepolej

Just about the only album I can actually listen to without skipping a song. Most of the albums up the top were FULL of fillers. 1) Number of the Beast 2) Master of puppets 3) Powerslave 4) Paranoid 5) Piece of Mind Maiden

HAHA. Meteora above this?!?

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30 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.

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.

American idiot was well-timed, and helped a lot of people through the Bush times, and post-9/11 times. Great songs filled with love and hatred! This album helped me a lot through those times and I am forever thankful

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31 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.

Recently purchased this on vinyl, never heard it before, and it honestly is now one of my favourite albums ever written.

Truely brilliant - yoshimon3

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32 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

I will not bow my favorite song from them

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33 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

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.

This is everything an album needs to be perfect. Never before or since Rust in Peace has there been a metal album to match its pure greatness. The album cover, song duration, musicianship, lyrics, and everything else packed into this album is as good as it gets for metal. - surgeonsanic

Best album in my mind

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

Dude it's ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars. This thing is a masterpiece among filth and trash. Top 5 now

#85?!?! How is that possible? So far, it's probably the most significant album in my musical evolution, after Pet Sounds. - PetSounds

This album was a masterpiece production. The album cover appropriately noted "to be played at maximum volume". Should have made the top 10.

The greatest album ever

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35 Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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.

Perhaps this requires an acquired taste, but for my money, this is absolutely a top ten album. How can Jimi be considered the greatest guitarist ever, but his album is not in the top 20 (at least). Doesn't make sense.

It's because people copy their friends and feel ashamed not voting in Jimi when he is the quintessential guitar player but they will never actually listen to his music - they'll just keep their heads up Linkin Park's and Metallica's butt. - epicness2099

Hendrix showed NO FEAR in music, visual performance and hard playing and was step ahead of his time twisting his guitar over boundaries.

This is the greatest debut album ever - Sabbath

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36 Songs In the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

This has some of the most beautiful music ever written on it. I find it incredible that it isn't on here already. - dylanllama

Nothing comes close to this are you kidding. There are a lot of fantastic albums that deserve to be up here, but Songs In the Key of Life is the musical masterpiece of the century... come on people. I'll stand for nothing less than Top 10

Still not high enough, but higher than last time. Thanks to those who are giving Stevie the genius his due!

An absolute masterpiece!

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37 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

Amazing album

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38 Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

If albums were ranked by the sheer amount of killer songs on them, this album would be number one in every poll!

What? Below Linkin Park? You guys have no ears! This invented the double album!

Okay this is a lot better than half the Linkin Park crap above this

Definitely top three. Best Dylan album so it has to be in the top three.

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39 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

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.

Again, great song after great song. Writing, performance, and production. Just perfect. And lyrics actually talking about subjects that affect us all.

This album needs to be higher up on this list. It truly is an amazing soul and r&b album to listen to when you're going through a lot of issues in life.

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40 2112 - Rush

THE MOST UNDERRATED GROUP EVER. Yes, I was yelling and standing on top of my desk when I typed that. For my money, this is absolutely a top ten album of all time. I love this group and this is their best album.

Epic have you heard something for nothing? The temples of syrinx it is pro! Rush is such a talented group of guys! Bass the guitar and Neil's drumming! It is amazing

Nothing like 2112 was ever heard before. The mixture of metal (for the time) prog in an expansive narrative was unique. 2112 is both explosive melodic and full of virtuoso playing, from the worlds greatest rock trio. Sure others have pushed this technique (maiden dream theater etc) but rush did it first, with the trend setting and groundbreaking 2112.

One of the best groups ever

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