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 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.

I saw another chart ad this was rated at #38 of all time - frankmartin

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43 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.

I vote the masterpiece that is Hemispheres is over 2112. One of RUSH's perfect albums. - frankmartin

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44 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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45 Live at the Apollo - James Brown V 2 Comments
46 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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47 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.

In my opinion the best album ever made,I know that's a big call but of all the albums I've had in my 56 years on this planet this is my go to album in good and bad times...MOJO MAC

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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 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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50 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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51 Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans
52 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.

This was listed at #85 of all time on another chart. - frankmartin

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53 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.

54 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

55 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.

56 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

I LOVE YOU JESUS CHRIST shakes the listener to the bone in an album full of cryptic lyrics and bizarre instrumentation. This album achieves full emotion like no other album has for me.

Please. Who cares about Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy anyway. I did but that was a dark time known as Junior High School. Please, world. How does "Rockstar" by Nickelback compare to "Oh Comely"? This is a gem, folks. Appriecate it. This is not for everybody but this deserves top 100. At least.

It is my favourite album of all time, and it is a solid and consistent album which really makes you appreciate music more. - Jiorl

All I can really say is that it's a pretty good album, even if it is just a meme. It's a solid Indie rock album; nothing more, and nothing less. - Evafag

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57 Van Halen - Van Halen

An absolute killer album, one of the greatest debut albums, awesome songs and production, the bands smokes on this one. If this was a guitar based album list and these were just guitar fans or people that knew what great actually meant then this album would be high on the list or fighting amongst other killer albums like some Van Halen's very own albums. - frankmartin

Infectious, melodic, and ear blistering! Still has me in awe. It's impact on the future guitar slingers alone makes it a top 20, and the fact most if these sings are known and loved by most put in top 10!

For grab your *****, EXCITEMENT,non-cerebral,kick ass guitar,no pretense,straight ahead ummm ROCK AND ROLL..don't overlook this one!

Love the 80s rock sound xx

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58 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

This album has 3-4 hits that make this album memorable for foREVer. RIP THE REV

Easily one of the greatest albums of all time

Nice rock song

Easily avengeds most emotional work. If avenged was more well known, this would easily be top ten. It saddens me to think that people even listen to Linkin Park. I suggest real music.

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59 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.

I saw another chart and this one was rated at #58 of all time - frankmartin

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60 Weezer - Weezer

There are some fantastic albums on this list, and I would agree with the top 11 for the most part. Abbey road, the dark side of the moon (especially), thriller, and OK Computer are fantastic albums in their own right. The blue album is also fantastic however, #187 is borderline blasphemy. #1, no. #10? probably not. But dear god, it's better than Selena Gomez. I like to think that an album can be judged by the number of singles it has. while 1 or 2 is pretty good, the 4 off of this album at least put it higher than #100.

A perfect balance between accessible pop hooks and brilliant instrumentation. An absolute classic.

Why is this so low? Weezer is the best

I don't know much about Weezer but I do know Ric Ocasek produced some music for Weezer so they have at least one record that sounds cool. - frankmartin

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