Best Albums of All Time

The Contenders: Page 3

41 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensr├┐che

Prof Metal fans, go vote for Images and Words, and Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory by Dream Theater. As I am writing this Images and Words is number 269, and Scenes From A Memory is number 426, they both deserve to be WAY higher, especially Scenes

Nice to see my pick this high (35th). As a metalhead I'm pleased to see the popular metal albums high, but this is without a doubt the best in my opinion. Every song is killer and the plot is really interesting if you actually follow it.

This is the definitive prog metal album from a highly underrated band

Best album I've ever listened to. This one is a life-changer.

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42 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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43 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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44 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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45 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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46 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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47 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!

I wrote an article "The Top 200 Songs of The Who" and of course there are so many songs from this double-album towards the top of the list http :// supergro up.n etfirms .com/index5.htm
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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48 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The beginning of heavy metal.

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

This album is the metal bible - Sabbath

Say metal holy book, because their can only be one bible because it is from one religion. Each religion has its own type of holy book. However, I am not Christian. - Powerfultekin

Masterpiece.

49 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

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.

I really love this album. Dark Side of the Moon rightfully takes the number 1 spot, but Animals deserves to be in the top 20 at least in my opinion. Dogs is one of PF's greatest songs, with amazing vocals and guitar from Gilmour. It is the stand out song on this album but Sheep and Pigs are also great. The overall message of this song really enhances the experience as well.

Only true Floyd fans know the true greatness of this album all four songs on here are perfect and not even dark side of the moon can say that dogs is my favorite song of all time and sheep pigs and pigs on the wing are all in my top 20

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50 Live at the Apollo - James Brown V 2 Comments
51 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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52 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 .

53 Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin

Of all if the great Led Zeppelin albums, this is the best. Just so many classic songs! Good Times Bad Times, Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You, Communication Breakdown, Dazed and Confused, pretty much every track on this album is great. Also, this is the best debut album ever.

Led Zeppelin's first through sixth album are the most consistantly brilliant string of rock albums ever made, surpassing the Beatles and Stones easily. Any one of them could top this list. - bobby

This album is it. This is the greatest Rock and Blues album ever.

Just amazing all around

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54 Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans
55 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

56 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 is one of their worst. 2/10 - AlphaQ

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

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57 Funeral - Arcade Fire

Only got this like two months ago. One of the best buys I've ever ever gotten before. Its pure brilliance. - mangomorse

An album like this being so low shows me how much good music there must be

58 Closer - Joy Division

The greatest album ever made. From the metallic guitar, intense beating of the toms and Curtis's haunting vocals on Atrocity Exhibition, to the simple but memorable beats on Isolation and A Means to an End, to the suicide note of a song like Twenty One Hours, all leading up to Decades, one of the best songs on the album, and an intense listen. There is only one flaw with this album, and that is that In A Lonely Place wasn't a hidden track.

Awesome album, a masterpiece.

This album is breath taking

perfect.

59 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.

60 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

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