Best Beatles Albums

The Top Ten

1 Abbey Road

The greatest album of all time, not just in musical composition but also melodic flow. The entire album has its own distinct "sound" despite having many varying sounds. - Papua

How many other bands can you name where their last album is their best? Not many. Everything that was great about the Beatles is evident on this album. It's the height of all their musical talents and songwriting abilities. They worked for years perfecting their individual crafts and their sound as a group. George's best songs are on this album and the medley is the greatest work created by both Lennon and McCartney. This may not be as iconic as Peppers but it's a beautiful, magical, and rare piece of work.

Unlike their other albums, this album lacks flaws. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has A Day in the Life, true, but it also has When I'm 64, which, while not bad, is rather worthless. Every song on Abbey Road could easily be said to be in their ten best songs. The concluding medley is a masterpiece, George Harrison has his catchiest tune and arguable the best Beatles love song, Ringo has his own fun little ditty, Because has the beautiful triple vocal harmony... Then you have the three rockers, Come Together, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, and I Want You. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but the fact this was not universally recognised as their best effort continually amazes me.

A milestone in rock history is ageing with grace (not mentioning phenomenal production to its day). Best Fab Four (monumental) release, most important album of rock history, still basis-and-source of inspiration, all the different genres it spawned (together with Pepper), that originated, splitted over the evolution of rock up to this day. No filler, no weaker song, just absolute perfection of a sheer musical genius (especially classic trio I Want You-Here Comes The Sun-Because being my favorite). A paragon for numerous later creations by different artists which reached similar level of sheer brilliance, depth and pure sincere - music industry independent - fun. Immortal.

2 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Absolutely the best Beatles album with Abbey road coming up for second. Great hits like 'A Day In The Life', and other great hits although I love every Beatles album nothing even comes close to Sgt. Peppers. My grandmother showed me this album and we listened to it while painting the walls and since then I was hooked. I was 8 years old at the time but now I'm 13 and know so much more about the Beatles. My grandmother also showed me abbey road and let it be.

1. ) Sgt peppers lonely hearts club band

2. ) Abbey Road

3. ) Let it Be

4. ) White album

5. ) Revolver

6. ) Rubber Soul

7. ) Magical mystery tour

8. ) A Hard Day's Night

9. ) Yellow Submarine

10. ) Please Please Me

11. ) Beatles For sale

12. ) With the Beatles

13. ) Help!

14. ) Yesterday and today

15. ) Past masters

Certainly the best Beatles album- it shows every side of them. Their rocking side (the opening track, Getting Better, the reprise), their soft, melodic, beautiful side (She's Leaving Home), their experimental side (Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Fixing A Hole, Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!, Within You Without You, and A Day In The Life of course.), and their pop side. (When I'm Sixty Four, With a Little Help From My Friends, Good Morning Good Morning, Lovely Rita.)

It's hard to choose but Sgt. Pepper always comes out on top for me. It's surprised me so much that in recent years people have started to deride the album, some critics not even ranking it in their top five. I think the reason for this is that albums like Abbey Road and Revolver are better collections of songs, being that almost every song is among their best, but Sgt. Peppers works as an album so much more. It flows together. It is less a collection of songs, and more an experience. And that isn't just because of Day in the Life. She's Leaving Home is a masterpiece, who doesn't love Getting Better, and Within You Without You gets more and more entertaining with each listen. 11/10 - lavillaof2112

Sgt. Pepper is the ultimate moment in rock. An absolute landmark. After stopping touring they wanted a sort of show album and with pretending being another band they were not limited in their ideas. The first three songs on the album are the ouverture and with the Sgt. Pepper reprise and A Day in the Life they had a great final. It was called the first 40 minute single in the world.

When it comes to impact, production, technique and the diversity of songs you can say this is the greatest album of all time. But when it comes purely to the songs I put Revolver at #1. - SintJohn

3 Revolver

Sgt. Pepper maybe more influential and important than Revolver, but Revolver is certainly the Beatles at their best. Each band member is fully engrossed in the project here, something that's absent in Sgt. Pepper. There's a song here for everyone, from Yellow Submarine to Tomorrow Never Knows. The Beatles are practically creating new musical genres with each step they take on this album. And, after all that, this isn't even my favorite Beatles album. That title goes to Abbey Road. This is just a smidgen better than everything else, though. Ringo's drumming is imaginative as ever, Paul's bass playing is sweet and melodic, and the guitars are very heavy and distorted for 1966. The voices are stunningly beautiful, something that the Beatles nail every time. The single released in 1966, Paperback Writer b/w Rain, is the perfect companion to this record. If you can't decide which album to buy next, go for this one.

Ringo is less involved here than in Sgt. Pepper, George was far more involved in the aforementioned Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, and the White Album. Revolver has great songs, but the three mentioned above and even Magical Mystery Tour decimate Revolver in terms of great songs. And sure, having the most great songs does not mean it's the best, but Sgt. Pepper is wildly innovative, more so than Revolver, Rubber Soul I feel flows smoother, as does Magical Mystery Tour, which, as I have said, defeats Revolver smartly in terms of quality of songs, while the White Album has both quantity and quality and innovation, while Abbey Road has the best bits of the above albums, plus the fantastic medley. Revolver is still great though. - VeritusEro

Why is this #3? This has their best songs ever! And the perfect amount of songs from each Beatle; 5 from John, 5 from Paul, 3 from George and 1 from Ringo (as singer only, though). 8 of the 10 songs from John and Paul are straight masterpieces, and the others would still beat any other band's album tracks any day! Everything on this album, the singing, the songwriting, the guitars and drums, are at their peak here. (And Paperback Writer and Rain are great, too! )

The album where the best guitar sound and best bass sound (along with Paperback Writer/Rain) was achieved

I understand why people really like Sgt Pepper but in my opinion Rubber Soul, Abbey Road and especially Revolver are far more consistently good and varied. I also prefer White Album to Sgt Pepper but neither are very consistent to be honest. I think Revolver is the closest album of all time to perfection, with Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, Nevermind, Doolittle, Plastic Ono Band, Velvet Underground and Nico, and Dark Side Of The Moon also close. Definitely not Sgt Pepper though it's the most influential album ever but nowhere near perfection.

4 The White Album

I went through a phase where Abbey Road was my favourite Beatles album. Then it was Pepper. Then it was Revolver. Then it was Abbey Road again. Now it's the White Album.

A lot of people look at the white album and see awful filler like Revolution 9 and the Honey Pies. Then they see some mediocre songs like Why Don't We Do It In The Road? , Don't Pass Me By, Rocky Racoon and Good Night. Some people even hate Bungalow Bill and Ob-La-the. But I don't. Every time I listen to it, I t takes me farther way than Pepper. It's more bittersweet then Abbey Road and more experimental than Revolver. Every single song has a purpose. The next song is always so different from the last, that I can't help but enjoy them all. Every song is placed so perfectly that they are all made enjoyable.

If this was shortened to a single LP, that would have been the worst decision the Beatles ever made. The Double White is not the Double White missing any of these songs.

My favourite tracks are ...more - backflip

Two records stand the test of time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland and the Beatles
The White Album
These two experiences are an expression of creativity innovative sounds and a purpose to the music most other releases cannot touch

It's always a close run between Abbey Road and the White Album for me, but I love the White Album. It really shows you the individual talents of each band member. Of course you have some odd songs like Revolution 9, but this album is a treasure to Rock N' Roll history, it is musical creativity at it's best. - joshthomas

Whilst some have accused the cover of being pretentious, and revolution 9 is still a questionable choice, the white album still remains as the Beatles peak. Personally, I have always found this album to be their most interesting and daring statement, it just oozes with psychedelia. The album, also provides some of the bands best known and beloved tracks (back in the ussr, blackbird, helter skelter etc).

5 Rubber Soul

This is the bridge between the fun-beatles age and the iconic deep lyrics age that people enjoy. this isn't their best but it is my favorite. Track rankings:
1)In my life- Lennon's best with iconic harpsichord sounds and amazing lyrics, love this song
2)Norweigian wood- despite being the hardest to spell I love this song, its sitar and very strange lyrics
3)drive my car- the most fun song on this album and it is just so great, with the bass going opposite the guitars
4) Run for your life- I love this song though everyone hates it, its such an elvis like song and a great closer for an awesome album
5)Nowhere man- only song released on single, the harmonies get me every time
6)Michelle- beautiful song, nothing else to say
7)You won't see me
8)I'm looking through you
9)Think for yourself
10)If I needed someone
12)The word- kinda weird, probably the start of lennon's psychedelic side
14)What goes on- just a weak song, don't really ...more - Sultan_of_Swing

Their best album for no other reason than being released before the time they became canonized. Rubber Soul established the rise of a legendary band, seen in the depth and maturity of songs like In My Life. It is one of the only two albums by The Beatles, along with Abbey Road, where absolutely every song on the album is a pleasure to listen to.

The moment when they became a force to be reckoned with. It isn't their peak, but it's their most important album, because it opened the doors for them to create their best work.
My Top Ten Beatles Albums:
1) Revolver
2) Sgt Pepper
3) Rubber Soul
4) Abbey Road
5) The White Album
6) Magical Mystery Tour
7) Help!
8) A Hard Day's Night
9) Beatles for Sale
10) Please Please Me

The Beatles in top form, taking popular music to a new level. Includes the finest consecutive trio of songs: Girl, I'm Looking Through You, and the exquisite In My Life - a perfect ballad.

6 Magical Mystery Tour

This Album is the most Physedelic out of all of the Beatles Albums, It really just sends me to space.
1) Strawberry Fields Forever
2) Blue Jay Way
3) I am the Walrus
4) Flying
5) Hello Goodbye
6) Penny Lane
7) All you need is love
8) Fool on the Hill
9) Magical Mystery Tour
10) Baby your a rich man
11) Your Mother Should Know.

Very underrated album, it is my favorite.
It is just so different than anything else they did, and very appealing to psychedelia lovers. There is no bad songs on this one, only problem its kinda short.
A must have for Beatles lovers

I like Sgt Pepper better, but that's already #1 so instead I'll vote for my 2nd favorite because it is severely underrated. How can an album be bad if it includes The Fool on the Hill, I Am the Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, and All You Need is Love? I'm referring to LP version of course.

I believe that this album is amazing because of the happiness it emits and just how unique but beautiful the songs are - magnolai-ia

7 A Hard Day's Night

It seems like a lot of the time the Beatles' older albums get overlooked, which is a real shame, because A Hard Day's Night is absolutely fantastic. I would even go as far as to say it's one of their top 5 best albums. It's got classics like "A Hard Day's Night," "If I Fell," and "Can't Buy Me Love," as well as underrated gems such as "Tell Me Why" and "Things We Said Today." I'd recommend this one to just about anybody. I'd say it's up there with Revolver, Abbey Road, and Sgt. Pepper's. - JOhm

First album ever of all original songs by a single artist or band. Before this album, all albums were full of covers and songs written by song writers. All songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney - westofohio

I go through phases with Beatle albums, the last 20 years I would have said their later stuff, especially pepper and the white album.Recently though I've rediscovered a passion for a hard days night, check out 'you can't do that, completely forgot what a brilliant song that is. Would put the album in my top 10 just now.

All the songs can describe someone's life now how they live also made my favors songs in this album so the best one for me (If I fell)

8 Help!

Probably my favorite Beatles album. The music is simple yet effective and the lyrics basically tell the story of a relationship, which I think is something we can all relate to. I'll admit there is some filler but overall I'd say it's their best effort as a whole group. I love the movie, too

Help is their best in my opinion because it's such a smooth listen and the songs are wonderful and have a nice flavor to them

"Help! ", "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", "Ticket to Ride", "Yesterday", "The Night Before" etc. - truckturner

The Help album has to be the best! All of the songs have nice energy and great poetic lyrics in them - beatles5

9 Let It Be

It has some definite high points (title track, Across the Universe, Get Back, I've Got a Feeling, Long and Winding Road, Two of Us). But other than that, it's just kind of clutter thrown together. - kraeftas

Eh. The Beatles kind of just went with the unfortunately not so great flow with this 1970 band finisher. - OmegaRanker

You can hear that this album was a bit thrown together in the chaos of Paul's departure, but the first side is actually filled with great and underrated batles songs.

Two of Us - Classic McCartney

Dig a Pony - Lovely song with a good solo

Across The Universe - Peaceful track, very Lennon

I Me Mine - Great vocals from Harrison

Dig It - Well I mean, it's more of a build up for Let It Be

Let It Be - Come on, who doesn't love this song. McCartney's vocals and piano and one of Harrison's greatest solos. Almost a Hey Jude Part 2

Maggie Mae - This song was supposed to be longer, and I think if it had been completed it would have been a solid song

Hmm... I am sort of ambivalent about this album. I mean, it has some amazing songs including Let It Be, Get Back, Across the Universe. But they put different versions of the songs on, which I don't like. it also has a lot of short pointless songs. I do like One After 909, The Long and Winding Road, and Two of Us though. - SammySpore

10 Please Please Me

To have so many originals on one album at the time was unheard off. This album set the stage for all albums after this one - westofohio

Please please me and with the beatles are my favorite beatles albums actually all of there albums are my favorite there the greatest music artists of all time

I'm not a big fan of this album, due to all the cover songs. If I'm counting only the original songs, I'd give this a 7/10. but the cover songs bring it down to a 6. - SammySpore

Love Me Do, Misery, Chains, Please Please Me, Do You Want To Know A Secret and Anna are some of the best

The Contenders

11 With The Beatles

This is the last album of the Beatles recorded on two tracks. It has a beautiful warm sound and they were very energetic on this album. If the singles I want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You (+ their B-sides) replace the few weaker songs, this album would be the ultimate album of their early years. Now this honour goes to Hard Days Night. - SintJohn

I absolutely love this album and for some reason like it more than the rest, I love Revolver and Abbey Road, but the covers on this are brilliant and I have played tracks on this album more than any other, so I have to say this is my favorite, it wasn't an easy choice. "Please Mr Postman" and "All My Loving" are legendary!
1) With The Beatles
2) Abbey Road
3) Revolver
4) Rubber Soul
5) Let It Be
6) The White Album
7) St Peppers Lonely Club Heart Band
8) Help
9) Please Please Me
10) Magical Mystery Tour

(By the way I haven't listend to all their albums, such as Beatles For Sale and Yellow Submarine, so don't judge me if you think they should be mentioned, laugh out loud)

12 Beatles For Sale

This album is actually a bit underrated. Sure, the tone is a little uneven, with melancholy tracks such as I'm a Loser and Baby's in Black mixed in with cheerful tracks like Eight Days a Week and Every Little Thing, but that doesn't stop the songs from being AWESOME! The original songs are very catchy and very meaningful and the covers are great, too. Also, the reason they included so many covers was because they played those songs back in the Liverpool days and they wanted to put some of those on an album.

This album is very underrated. In lyrics and melody The Beatles made quick progress. Some of the covers are great like Rock 'n Roll Music, Words of Love and Everybody's Trying to be my Baby. The other three covers are average quality. - SintJohn

I think the original songs are actually REALLY good. Like the best songs from the early Beatles. Those songs I would rate 8/10. I wish the album didn't have so many covers though. I'd rate this a 7 due to the covers. - SammySpore

Underrated album. Not their best but it is worth to listen. Especially when u just laying in sofa, the album will give u calm feeling. Plus, the album cover is great!

13 The Beatles 1

Though there were some great Beatles songs left out of this masterpiece collection ('Sgt Pepper's' and 'Twist & Shout' comes to mind) I love this album. I think that I captures the Beatles's growth as artists, and is perfect to introduce kids (like me) to the legendary Beatles!

It introduced a new generation to the Beatles. It's one of their most important albums. It's also the definitive greatest hits album released by the band, in that all the songs are on one disc and this album shows just how big they were; 27 number one hits in total between the US and UK.

Although it's a collection of songs from actual albums, this collection introduced a new generation of The Beatles.

It included From Me to You but not While My Guitar Gently Weeps... ugh - SammySpore

14 Love

The version of Strawberry Fields Forever on this album is utterly amazing, same with While My Guitar Gently Weeps. - Stalin

Collaboration of all The Beatles greatest hits. Number 1 in all aspects. Yes, they remix some of the songs, but I don't think it hurts the song. I actually like how the album flows. Not just my favorite Beatles album, but my favorite album PERIOD. - A7XfoREVer

26 marvelous songs changed and put together

They morphed "within you without you" with "tomorrow never knows" in this album and it is best psychedelic song I've ever heard.

15 Let It Be... Naked

Even though sgt peppers is my favorite this deserves to be so much higher. It is perfection

No, they were not naked while recording this. This album was released in 2008, by Paul McCartney as a better alternative to the original Let it Be album. While they did remove 2 songs (Dig It, and Maggie Mae), these were pretty useless and bad songs. They did however, add another song (Don't Let Me Down), which is a phenomenal song. One other thing they did, was remove all of the background chatter that would happen before some songs, like Two of Us' chatter in the beginning, Dig A Pony's false start, and the chatter before Get Back. The songs are also rearranged in a better order.

Love this to the max to be honest, it has great songs and they did take away two from the original release and added another - magnolai-ia

I like this album more than the 1970 release. Paul had a point with all the added stuff from Spector. - SintJohn

16 The Beatles: 1967-1970

This is not a studio album, but it is absolutely amazing for what it is. It just has so much value. It contains the Beatles best from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band to Let It Be. Strawberry feilds forever, A Day In The Life, Come Tov

Already on here - westofohio

17 Past Masters, Vol. 1

Their second-best early Album, only to A Hard Day’s Night. It has the original version of Love Me Do, From Me to You, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, This Boy, Yes it Is, and so much more!

This album was released in 1988 for the box set. This one and volume 2 were created to have every song not on the original 13 albums - westofohio

18 The Beatles: 1962-1966
19 Past Masters, Vol. 2

This album was released in 1988 for the box set. This one and volume 1 were created to have every song not on the original 13 albums - westofohio

So many songs that should have been on albums. Like Revolution. -

20 Meet the Beatles

This is the best beatles album!

yes - magnolai-ia

This is the one that really started beatlemania in america, I don't know why capitol records didn't make the release weeks before they did ( probably there biggest mistake ever ) but introducing the beatles was avalable but it did'nt have the fresh songs of meet the beatles

21 Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine - Everyone knows it, everyone loves it.

Only a Northern Song - Great song with funny lyrics ("If you're listening to this song/you may think the chords are going wrong/but they're not/we just wrote it like that").

All Together Now - Sounds like a nursery rhyme, but still great.

Hey Bulldog - One of the best Beatles songs ever. Piano riff is so memorable. The bass is incredible.

It's All Too Much - The Beatles' last psychedelic song to be released is excellent (Dig a Pony and Come Together aren't really psychedelic, they just have weird lyrics. What's the New Mary Jane is avant garde, not psychedelic.).

All You Need Is Love - Another song that everyone knows and loves.

George Martin's Instrumentals - Great listen if you can sit down and relax.

Overall, it's a great album and the fact that it's the last thing on the list is a shame. This album is even better than Help! in my opinion, which I love.

I don't know why people hate this album so much, yes we revisit Yellow Sub and All you Need is Love... But we also get 4 of their best songs ever written Hey Bulldog is obviously the best out of them, and then the other side is George Martin's compositions which are fun to listen to in a car ride, or just hanging around, so I'll vote for this one since it's gonna be so neglected

Okay, let me get something straight. I love Yellow Submarine. Hey Bulldog is cool, All Together Now is a nice little sing along, and Ringo's vocals on Yellow Submarine is amazing. Some people may consider Yellow Submarine as a weak moment for the Beatles, and others consider it as a great sing along for children. I don't understand why it's so hated, Yellow Submarine is one of my favorite Beatles albums! - kaitlynrad11

I don't understand why most people dislike this album. It has two of the best Beatles at their experimental side songs, and the two of them are Harrison's songs. And the fact that we have George Martin doing "classical" music (I'd rather the term "academic"), it's the point that set his brilliance in the band for deserving the spot of the fifth beatle. And by the way, that part of the album is amazing.

So, "Only a northern song", "It's all too much", and the "Martin's medley" should put this album as a great piece.

22 Yesterday and Today

US capital Beatles albums (pre 1966) are disgusting.

I think it's the best. Fantastic rockers like Daytripper and And your Bird Can Sing plus thoughtful songs like Yesterday and Nowhere Man. Much better than some of the others ranked higher.

It’s very good - magnolai-ia

Great Track Listing
1.Drive My Car
2.I'm Only Sleeping
3.Nowhere Man
6.Act Naturally
7.And Your Bird Can Sing
8.If I Needed Someone
9.We Can Work It Out
10.What Goes On
11.Day Tripper - westofohio

23 Love Songs
24 Anthology

I love the Beatles early and alternative songs.

Needs more attention 3 2

25 Something New
26 Beatles '65
27 The Beatles' Second Album

The absolute BEST Beatles album. Pure Rock 'n' Roll the whole way. Love it!

28 Hey Jude

Album gets very little fanfare but for my money it is their finest moment

I Have This And It Is Very Good, No Sgt. Pepper, But Good - BeatlesFan1964

Is good stuff - snackaberg

Hey Jude, revolution, and don’t let me down are amazing!

That’s why I voted

29 The Essential

Its got a version of Let It Be with a distorted guitar solo.

30 Live At The BBC

At least one of the greatest compilations of all time.

31 Anthology 2
32 Anthology 3
33 The Capitol Albums
34 Beatles VI
35 Introducing the Beatles...
36 Long Tall Sally

Its really good. It has song like " I want to hold your hand", and "When I saw her standing there". A lot of the songs are covers like " Roll over Beethoven, and You really gotta hold on me, but they sing really well.

The picture is wrong. It looks like The Beatles second album, but a Canadian version. The cover shown is from the Long Tall Sally UK EP - westofohio

37 On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2
38 Live at the Hollywood Bowl
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