Best Albums of All Time

The Contenders: Page 2

21 Who's Next - The Who

The best WHO album by far, been listening to it on and off for thirty odd years. Still brilliant.

Can't understand how this is 35, this album helped rock to become what it is today. Best album by the Who, and by far one of the best albums of all time. - The_Acid_Queen

The best album ever. I still get goosebumps every time I hear the ending of "Won't Get Fooled Again", and I have been listening to it for 40 years.

Definitely underrated

At least Top 12

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22 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!

This is an amazing album, with a variety of different sounds and songs for every mood. I have fond memories of jamming out to this as a kid, and this should definitely be higher! My Chemical Romance will always be remembered as talented and inspirational.

I like their emoness and teenagers is great! needs to be higher up!

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23 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.

I never exeperienced something really good than listening Kid A for the first time! I was like "Wow! ' and 'what is this? ' lol. But then, this album has changed my perspective of music. It is really GOOD! At first I thought OK Computer was the best album. But Kid A is really give me something unusual..and I like it!

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24 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.

This is no pess than best thing ever

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25 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

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

Why in the hell is this not higher on this list! Should be number 1... I was surprised this wasn't in AT LEAST the top 10... I'm glad that S&M made it on the top ten though... This, Back in Black, Master of Puppets, Blizzard of Ozz, they all need in the top 10... This album is clearly deserving of a place in the top 10! Has so many many many great songs on it...

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

This must be in top 10.The best album ever

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26 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

Too many people raving about Brian Wilson's music genius on Pet Sounds when this is really where the music genius started. Pet Sounds has a few good cuts but it's from the mind of man wanting to create songs for children. I'm betting that none of the Pet Sounds worshippers ever really listened to the Genius of Jimi. - frankmartin

Great album with some of Jimi Hendrix's best songs ever

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27 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

Iron maiden fans should come and vote on this masterpiece

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28 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...

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. - frankmartin

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29 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

This album is amazing. The only song that is even remotely uninteresting was For Free? (Interlude). The production in each song is amazing and it is a lyrical masterpiece.

Wow! What an amazing album this is. Astounding in ever level.

Should be higher than Eminem. But Nas or 2pac should be higher than Kendrick.

I'm not disrespecting opinions or anything but this deserves to be in the Top 5. - AlphaQ

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30 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

This needs to be in the Top 10. Meteora has AWESOME Songs such as
Numb
Faint
Somewhere I Belong
Breaking The Habit
From The Inside - deandinosaur5

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31 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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32 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.

Astetically and sonically one of the most beautiful albums ever recorded and released
To anyone. Ever. - CPhoenix442

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33 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!

This ones for jacob

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34 Fallen - Evanescence

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

Epic album... All songs are perfect...

Beautiful and gorgeous album. - DCfnaf

This is the third album I vote for, it's great andd he worth it more that the rest

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35 Back in Black - AC/DC

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!

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!

this should be in the top ten or top 5 or 1 best album of all time I love I love it I love it its like the perfect album better than most albums you like or know

Love it

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36 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

TPAB is great,but this is pure classic,one of the best rap albums along with Illmatic,Ready to Die,All eyes on me and others.

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37 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.

Once you get into this album it grows on you quickly. The Governor should be in the top 5.
Timeless

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38 Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones

This album is the definition of rock and roll. This easily deserves to be in the top ten. I am disgusted at how low this is.

Pink Floyd is my favorite band, but Exile on Main Street should be in the top 5. I'm surprised that not many people think so. Definition of Rock. - ZackStarsky

The best album by a GREAT band. And a double album without a weak song. It should be in the Top 10.

It was only after listening to this album that I knew the definition of rock. I still can't put it into words, but it felt like a train hiting with a sledgehammer. Probably the most honest rock album ever made, and therefore probably the only rock album ever made. Trully amazing.

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39 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Artwork is second to none. This album contains most of the songs on Elton Johns Greatest Hits album and "Candle In The Wind".

You are given the beautiful candle in the wind which follows the amazingly composed Funeral for a Friend, then he comes at you with Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. This is Elton John. He is the most talented, diverse artist to ever live.] - LPR20

Influential & powerful album many years prior to 'candle in the wind' becoming the top selling single in the last 50 years.

Elton John was the King of Pop of the 1970s. - frankmartin

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40 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

The best thrash metal album ever, and thrash metal is my favorite music genre so...

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