Best Albums of All Time

The Contenders: Page 3

41 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 metal album so far. It's over 25 years old and still holds up. An absolute classic in musical history and whilst it is hardly as influential as the albums making up the top 10, it is as good as those albums.

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42 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

Best hard rock album of all time. Every track is a killer. Still remember buying my first copy when it was released and being completely blown away by "Whole Lotta Love" (the song that blew out countless speaker bass cones as well). This one set the standard for all rock albums to follow.

Not only the best Led Zeppelin album, but the best album ever!

Best album ever and the first album ever truly be Metal.

This album is perfection. this is easily a top 5 album of all time

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43 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin's masterpiece. The best double album of all time because many successful bands of the '80s spent all their time redoing 5 songs on this album over and over again. Better than any other Led Zeppelin album and way better than any new cruddy artists work.

Recently revisited this album, and played it in its entirety near ten times in a week. It stands out in part due to the variety of style and influence. I suspect it is probably my preferred Zep album. Shared some of those ten plays with friends and family and no one, irrespective of musical taste objected. - Myke1

Stunningly diverse with side 3 (vinyl) the standout. They never reached these heights again.

Why is this so low? By far Zeppelin's best work

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44 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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45 Tommy - The Who

This album is absolutly amazing. Pete Townshend was in top form when he wrote this magnificent rock opera (that's right, ROCK OPERA) and it still endures today as being one of the most original concepts in all of music.

Although I never forgot about them (how can you? Their songs are still played all over on commercials, movies and T.V. shows) I have been giving the Who more listening time lately, they may just be the greatest rock band of all time, especially if you consider how they sounded live. I Could argue for the Who or Led Zep or the Beatles all day long, but each member of the Who was an amazing talent all by himself. Listen to "won't get fooled again in the concert for New York after 9/11--they outrocked all the newer bands by a mile, they are the real deal

The greatest concept album of all time and I love concepts especially the 'Rock opera' concept!

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3) Pinball Wizard
14) We're Not Gonna Take It (See Me, Hear Me)
21) Amazing Journey/Sparks
30) I'm Free
31) Overture/It's a Boy
75) The Acid Queen
80) Tommy Can You Hear Me?
86) Go To The Mirror!
94) Eyesight to the Blind
95) 1921
100) Cousin Kevin - Garjen

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46 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

Lou Reed is undoubtedly the greatest songwriter in history, surpassing even the great Bob Dylan in his craft. Reed's borderline insanity and suicidal thoughts are exhibited in every song on this album. Listen to it. Step into a mind filled with madness.

Nico and the Velvet Underground are the dream team

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47 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

I was on my way to add this if I didn't see it - Sabbath

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48 Live at the Apollo - James Brown V 2 Comments
49 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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50 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Not only is the best album of the band, but also created a trend in heavy metal music. Along with Piece of Mind, one of the best albums of music history.
All the musicians on this album makes a huge job, especially Steve Harris notes. A historical record, no doubt.
Up the Irons!

This album truly defines what Metal is all about. Every song is epic, every riff is a masterpiece. Bruce Dickinson at his vocal best. Absolutely mind blowing album. Deserves to be in the 10 for sure

66 r you kidding me?

Should be higher then all the Metallica overrated .

51 Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones

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

Best stones album...after Brian's death they locked themselves in the studio and came up the the greatest rock album of all time..the press at the time thought they wouldn't better Beggars Banquet...Let it bleed easily surpasses it.

Best stones album

How can this possibly be the best Rolling Stones album without Brian Jones or Mick Taylor? The songs are good but lacking something...what is it?

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52 Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans
53 Ray of Light - Madonna

Shame to the people who say pop music is shallow. This album written and produced by Madonna along with William Orbit is amazing and influenced the mainstream by bringing electronic music into its work. This album deals with themes of motherhood, loneliness, selfishness and death. The vocals are Madonna's strongest and compositions range from trip hop inspired ballads to techno/drum and bass lite dance songs. This pop album is worlds better than Thriller.

Madonna's Ray of Light is purely and simply, a work of art. Just listen to it and be engulfed in its ambience and artistry. Certainly an emotional, mature, and introspective album. Definitely some of Madonna's best work.

Love it. Every single track.

Madonna's best album

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

Seriously. This album. Go and listen right now. Honestly. Please.

Dream Theater fans need to vote, this is by far the greatest album of all time.

Nicholas doesn't like this list.

Best album ever. - ActOfGenesis

55 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park

This is the most hated album of the band, but it's the best. Just listen with good headphones, the lyrics are fantastic, the sound is innovative and complex. The conception of nuclear war is genius, listen songs like The Catalyst (my favorite of all the songs from all artists) Iridescent, Waiting For the End. Linkin Park fans unfortunately do not value this masterpiece, the best job of band. This deserves better placement, I vote for A Thousand Suns.

This NEEDs to be at the top. It's a smart album for once in music history. a smart BAND for once in music history - MaddSpazz

This a garbage album, one of the worst LP has done. Horrible songwriting, production, vocals, everything about this album is horrendous. - Satire

Incredibly underrated album from a sometimes overrated band. This is the only time you see Linkin Park go to great heights and attempt to pull a Radiohead, almost completely changing their style for the better and creating easily the most cohesive album of the 2010s.
Just... listen to the first three tracks. If you're a fan of music in general, you will be pleasantly surprised. - Aaronardo

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56 Metallica (Black Album) - Metallica

How is this album on 23rd.? Come on American idiot on 13th really? Go and check any official List there is no American idiot on it and Metallica's black album comes before nirvana's never mind there is something really wrong with this list Metallica rocks and this album proved it. M/

Metallica should be at least number 10. I mean, come on! This is one of the greatest albums of all time let alone in heavy metal! That album has five, FIVE, number one singles, which is pretty hard to do now. Metallica is one of the most inspiring bands out there.

This is one of the best albums ever! Metallica are overall one of the greatest metal bands in the history of music and this is one of there top albums! This well deserves to be at least in the top 10!

Everyone who says that this is a sellout album can't handle anything different than metal, I like the first 4 albums and I liked this one. - DarkSideOfRandy

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57 Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos

The greatest collection of love songs of all time, I really expected this to be top 10. - Doom

The best album of all time for guitars, intensity and depth.

58 Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon

The most emotional experience you can have with a piece of music

51? Are you guys out of your mind? this is the album that got John Lennon to continue making music for us! - Mumbizz01

I would put this up there with Sargent Peppers and Revolver. Simply amazing. - jefflebowski

59 Ganging Up On the Sun - Guster

Not my personal pick (Which is a tie between Pink Floyd's The Wall and Queen's A Night At The Opera,) But I'm still really happy to see Guster on here. They deserve 10 times the fans that they have now. Their songs are so quirky and strangely beautiful that you can't help but be charmed by them. Awesome band, terrific album.

60 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.

It's a modern day masterpiece, and in 10 years, this will surely be a hallmark in rap.

This album was phenomenal. It's the best modern rap album I've ever heard. 11/10 - AlphaQ

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