Top 10 Best Concept Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd - The Wall

This album is practically a religion among my friends and I. There is literally nothing bad about it, sure the songs don't stand well on their own except for comfortably numb and to an extent another brick in the wall part 2 but that's not the point of a concept album. I can listen to this thing back to back to back without getting bored or wanting something else, it just never gets old.

This concept was so well thought out and the mystique was cleverly perpetuated by the tight lipped nature of the band's discussions about the concept. It was brilliantly executed and an almost psychic creation of art. - viniot

Dark Side of the Moon might be a bit more revolutionary, but the wall is a better concept album. Roger Waters is still touring with it. And come on, it has Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2, Mother, Young Lust, Hey You, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell. All are some of Pink Floyd's greatest songs and don't get me started on Comfortably Numb and it's solos.

Revolutionary David Gilmour, taking those riffs and putting his heart into the songs. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright did amazing. Good Job, pink floyd, with this and Dark Side of the Moon.

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2 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Anyone who thinks the Wall is better clearly mistaken. The Wall harbours similar themes of isolation and mental illness and but the Wall does it from a first person perspective. I think if you're going for the first person perspective appeal, there's plenty albums on here that do that better such as quadrophenia. Dark side of the moon in my opinion tells of life, not from one's perspective. And is easier to relate too as well as more applicable.

One of my favorites but it's not a concept album

This is the best album I have ever heard.

The Dark Side of the Moon IS a concept album, but it's not a rock opera that tells a story from a first person perspective like the Wall or Quadrophenia. The Wall, DSOTM, Animals and WYWH are all my favourite albums. I'd say that The Wall and Animals have the best concepts while DSOTM and WYWH have the best music and to an extent, the best lyrics. It's hard to choose!

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3 The Who - Tommy

Tommy is one of the most infamous concept records of all times. It deals with the human condition and the pursuit of answers to questions we most likely won't find until we die. - viniot

I'm pretty much obsessed with this album

Pete Townshend is a legend - BrianScott01

4 The Who - Quadrophenia

This should be #1. Not only is it the best concept album ever made, but the best album ever made.

From 'I am the sea' to 'Love reign o'er me', this the best concept album of all time. Each induvisual member is great and so are all the songs. If you don't believe me listen to it! My favorite part is 'Sea and sand' to Doctor jimmy'. - jarjar36

5 Pink Floyd - Animals

This is REAL concept album. The Wall isn't even close to this!

Arguably the greatest album in the history of music, and I'm not only referring to concept albums.

I have everything floyd still on vinyl and this is my fave floyd and concept album.

How is The Wall, nay, ANY other record ahead of this one?

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6 Jackie Evancho - Songs from the Silver Screen

Her second PBS Great Performances concert showcasing these songs is titled: "Music Of The Movies".

Jackie turns the silver screen to gold with her magic.

Every song is a winner and all are taken from well-known movies. My favorite is "Se" from Cinema Paradiso. - BobG

Covering a bunch of songs from movies doesn't really count as a concept album

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7 David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie's concept was exhilarating. It explored the alter ego that exists in all of us, but as humans, we feel the overwhelming pressure to subdue it. He explored his right in front of our eyes. - viniot

How is this not #2 after the wall like really what is that thing up there

Should be up there with the two Floyd ones

8 Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

Why is this not in the top 5? This album show cases the most brilliant harmony between the instruments and the lyrics. It's perfectly synced and the storyline is beautiful. I love the way the story is told in pieces. It's fits perfectly well together. My top 5 are : dark side of the moon, animals, metropolis pt 2 scenes from a memory, the wall, and rise and fall of ziggy stardust.

A lot of the albums here aren't true concept albums, which horrifies me to see them above this album which tells such a great story so clearly and with such musical virtuosity.

Growing up in the 70's and 80's I was a huge fan of Floyd, The Who, Genesis, Marillion, Rush and Queensryche. This album was the perfect mesh of all of them. It may not get the votes others above it get as many are not familiar with it, but this is the greatest concept album PERIOD!

Trippin into the storyline!

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9 The Who - The Who Sell Out
10 The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

While I could mention how great it's premise is, it's glorious songwriting, and widespread appeal, I'll just mention the many technological innovations it brought to the studio.

Greatest album ever PERIOD! Let alone a concept album. This album changed music forever!

Why is it so low on the charts anyway?

The Contenders

11 Metallica - ...And Justice For All

Not really a concept album.

This should be higher.

12 Green Day - American Idiot

This is an AMAZING album and I LOVE the story. Its about a boy (Jesus Of Suburbia) who leaves his home because as he grows up he realizes that everything is a lie in his house and in America, so he leaves and enjoys his first night of freedom, its awesome, and he is happy like its a Holiday. After that, the hangover kicks in and he is suddenly depressed (Boulevard of Broken Dreams) knowing now that he needs to move into the big city (Are We the waiting) and creates a new identity (St.Jimmy) and starts doing drugs to keep away the pain of being home sick (give me novicaine) and then he meets and starts a relationship with a girl (she's a rebel) and says how amazing she is (Extraordinary girl).after seeing how much of a loser he is she leaves him (letterbomb) he is depressed, (wake me up when September ends). Now he kills his alter ego St.Jimmy and is going home (Homecoming/Death Of St.Jimmy). He is home and now the legacy ends.

This record was a monumentally important statement at a crucial time in history. It dealt with the sub-conscious of American counter culture and itsstruggle to identify itself among a malicious regime claiming to act in everyone's best interest. - viniot

Such an incredibly fascinating record. Can't stop listening.

No 14? Seriously? This should be after Dark side of the moon, the wall, tommy and ziggy stardust.

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13 Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns

A amazing concept about nuclear war and apocalypyse, and very good lyrics, new sounds and music videos. Should be the first or secon, I believe this is the best album by Linkin Park. Pink Floy is also very good too

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14 Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

This is one of my favorite records of all time. It deals with the full spectrum of human emotions as it takes you through the course of a day. This one you need to experience for yourself! - viniot

Best album of all time, it changed my life, NUMBER 1

15 Rush - 2112

Though not strictly a "concept album", the song 2112 is simply amazing. A great storyline, coupled with great bass and guitar playing, and a positively epic drummer. The other half of the album is pretty good too.

Not completely a concept album, but the song itself has one of the best stories I've ever heard.

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16 Frank Zappa - We're Only In It for the Money
17 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

The sound, feel, and atmosphere of this album is just amazing. I recommend it to anyone who exists.

This should be much higher. I can't believe you worthless peasants put this at 15. Ah todays generation, no taste of all. please like if listeting to seventh son in 2016!

18 Queensryche - Operation, Mindcrime

Love the story and the guitar heavy style of this album. My favorite album of all time! It should be much higher on this list. Too bad Tate has gone nuts! I had tickets to go see them last year and my dumb ass misplaced them. Maybe a fight would have broken out! Laugh out loud They clearly separated themselves from other heavy metal bands of the 80's with this. A lot of the 80's stuff was cheesy on lyrics, but not this album or band. Their stuff always had meaning behind it.

A true concept album from start (I remember now/Anarchy X) to Finnish (Eyes of a Stranger). More than just a collection of songs with a common theme. It tells a story from beginning to end. It spawned a sequel over 20 years later (that, unfortunately doesn't quite live up to the original, but still entertaining).

One of the best story albums recorded. OM also showed that Metal could be more than empty posturing.

31 is ridiculous, this guys are the Black Sabbath of progressive metal and this is their masterpiece, it diserves to be in the top 10 at least

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19 Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

I don't know what's with people. This is an hour and a half of music that you'll never forget, and every song is fantastic! The meaning of this album is so ambiguous and strange that it's really up to interpretation, but that makes it more interesting and doesn't detract from the experience. Any Genesis fan should listen to this album, and if you're not a Genesis fan, you have to listen to this anyway (although maybe a less intense introduction to the band makes sense first). Genesis is a band that has seemingly endless great music from multiple genres, so you really should check them out! If you're a progressive rock fan, check out their stuff fro 1970-1976, and if you like 80's music that's less intense and strange, check out their stuff from 1978-1997. However, if you like their more recent stuff, you should still check out the older stuff. It's unbelievable, and this album is perhaps the greatest example of that. I got interested in progressive rock because I first heard Genesis's ...more

This list is an absolute abomination. This album trumps all other on this list INCLUDING THE WALL. People just assume that the wall is the greatest concept album ever made but this album absolutely blows it away in terms of inventiveness, emotion, and the intrigue of the actual concept itself. The wall is basically Roger water just saying: Leave me alone. The lamb is autobiographical to Peter Gabriel's life and has real meaning.

This is THE concept album. There are albums out there that I prefer, but it is a true concept, a story, a theme, that stick through over an hour and a half of music. From the Broadway-esque opening through the dimly lit Cage, on a existential sexual experience, the surreal post-op and finally...just "it".

Prog invented the concept album get a clue dream theater blows

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