Top Ten Best Genesis Albums

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The best albums ever made by the British rock band.

The Top Ten

1 Selling England By The Pound

It's a brilliant piece of work, both musically and lyrically. From Peter's solo beginning in 'Dancing with the Moonlit Knight' to his sining of sales on produce goods at the end of 'Aisle of Plenty', the lyrics of this album are laced with metaphors, allusions, and all other sorts of literary devices that makes one awestruck of how clever the group was in their writing. Also, the musicianship throughout the whole album is unmatched and that goes for Tony Bank's intro and Steve Hacket's solo on 'Firth of Fifth', the drum work on 'The Battle of Epping Forest' by Collins, the cool and interesting chord work of Mike Rutherford on the intro to 'The Cinema Show' and the lick of 'I Know What I like (In Your Wardrobe)', and of course the singing of 'Dancing With the Moonlit Knight' by Peter Gabriel. This is just a small list of the examples of outstanding musicianship on this album.

This is the epitome of the Genesis albums, not that there is anything wrong with the older albums, I think they are great as well, but this just shows their their whole potential and shows that the are amazing and always be. There are always some songs from Trespass and Foxtrot and etc. That will always stand out, but this whole album was just amazing.

Yes, this is also my number one. Was 17 when I first heard it (at midnight in a car with a lousy stereo) but it hit me like no other music has done ever since. 36 years later it is still one out of the 5 best albums ever released!

15. From Genesis to Revelation (1969)
14. Calling all Stations (1997)
13. And then there were three (1978)
12. Abacab (1981)
11. Genesis (1983)
10. Invisible Touch (1986)
9. Wind a Wuthering (1976)
8. We can't Dance (1991)
7. Duke (1980)
6. A Trick of a Tail (1976)
5. Nursery Cryme (1971)
4. Trespass (1970)
3. Foxtrot (1972)
2. The Lamb lies down on Broadway (1974)
1. Selling England by The Pound (1973)

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2 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

This album is a truly beautiful work of art. Fantasy, mystery, enchantment, strangeness, and fascination await those who listen to this album. Rael tries to find his brother John trapped in a different world. He sees things like people crawling along a carpet, a room filled with many doors, a room with cool water, a factory like room, and a cocoon, amongst many things. Strange at first, but worth it once you analyze it deeper.

I was able to tell this is one of the best albums ever made from the first song. The storyline by Peter Gabriel is strange but superb and the lyrics are awesome. Unlike their earlier albums there aren't really so many individual songs that stand out. Rather all the tracks flow together to form a single big song. The music is a logical extension to their earlier works and contains some hints as to how Genesis would later sound like. This album is comparable to Floyd's Wall: but this one easily beats it.

'The Lamb' introduced the new sound Genesis has taken up with this album. The recording quality developed, and future albums without Peter Gabriel picked up on the new sound, and developed it further. It is the true groundbreaking album Genesis made in its career. Other albums were certainly excellent, but miss the pivotal strength that 'Lies Down on Broadway'.

Not only the best Genesis album, the best progressive rock alum of all time.

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3 Trick of the Tail

The most elegant and inspired of all

Song writing, production, musicianship, this album had it all. Add to that that everyone thought they were done and this is the ultimate comeback statement. I missed Peter but this showed all the stuff his presence was suppressing in the band.

My personal favorite, can never get enough of this album. It took the departure of Gabriel (an immensely talented singer/songwriter) that brought about the most consistently amazing songs on any one album ever by this incredible band.

Love this love songs from our beloved 70's!

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4 Foxtrot

Suppers Ready is such a great song, my personal favorite. There is not one bad song on this album, every song is great from start to finish. Although Selling England By The Pound is a great album, I think Foxtrot is the best. Selling England would definitely be #2 though. Love Genesis

Mum diddly washing! Mum diddly washing!

My favorite genesis album, every song is fantastic! Especially suppers ready

The ultimate Genesis Album, if only because "Suppers Ready" takes you on a journey unlike any other Genesis song. Hackett and Gabriel at their best.

Walking across the sitting room
I turn the television off
Sitting beside you I look into your eyes
As the sound of motor cars fades in the nighttime
I swear I saw your face change
It didn't seem quite right and its

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5 Nursery Cryme

I love Nursery Cryme. I mean, the sheer brilliance of the songwriting is mind blowing. Peter Gabriel is WAYY better then Phil Collins, and he shows that with fantastic songs like "The Musical Box" and "Return of The Giant Hogweed". "Harold the Barrel" is the best short song by far, and I find that "Seven Stones" is underrated. "The Fountain of Salamis" is great, and the other two songs ("For Absent Friends" and "Harlequin") are good, if not as good as the other songs. Nursery Cryme features some of the greatest work of Genesis.

The best representation of the Genesis fairy-tale atmosphere. Beautiful lyrics in a mysterious musical landscape.

This album is the perfect blend of pastoral passages and hard-rocking moments. The songs contrast beautifully while still maintaining a singular atmosphere that is both beautiful and haunting. Tragically underrated, Nursery Cryme deserves more recognition than it receives.

Yes

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6 Duke

I love Peter Gabriel, but Duke is in my opinion the most underrated album of a criminally underrated band. The instrumental, mish-mash, masterpiece of a journey that is Duke's Travels is completely underpinned by the musical genius that is Tony Banks. Behind the Lines is upbeat and sensual, Man of Our Times is big and bold, Please Don't Ask is melancholy, not forgetting Misunderstanding and Cul-De-Sac. Phil really proved himself as the true successor to Gabriel on this. My absolute favourite piece of work by this outrageously talented, wonderful band.

Great album, also really bridges the old Genesis to the new quite well. I think Duke really brought in a new generation of fans more than any others. Also shows off the members skills in writing concept material, short songs and musical ability

Considering it contained Tony's favorite, Duchess, 1 actual hit, and some of Phil's greatest drum tuning, I think more credit should be given to this album. How about #5?

It's not my favorite, but it deserves to be higher, it starts with one of the best suites I've ever heard (behind the lines, duchees and guide vocal), heathaze and please don't ask are brilliant, man of our times is very good too, and for me, the piano intro in Cul de sac is one of the most perfect moments in music (the whole song is a masterpiece), Dukes travels and Dukes end are a very good ending.

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7 Wind & Wuthering

While "Your Own Special Way" isn't one of my favorite Genesis songs, "Wind & Wuthering" is still my favorite Genesis album. The dreamy pastoral moods conjured up by Tony Banks and Steve Hackett have always held a special place for me, and I wish they would have explored that more with subsequent albums had Hackett stayed with the group. Although, I do have to say that I've always loved the overall atmosphere of "... And Then There Were Three".

Wind and Wuthering isn't my favorite album (The Lamb), but it definitely should be higher up. It is the last album with Hackett, and the last prog rock album they made. They certainly went out with a bang! Tony Banks adds swirling keyboards while Steve Hackett has soaring guitar parts, and Collins and Rutherford certainly aren't bad either! This album, Lamb, Selling England, and Seconds Out are prog rock at its best and Genesis' high points.

Why wasn't Blood on the roof tops played at the Hall of Fame induction instead of a poorly played No Reply from Abacab. This was the perfect album that sent them into the mainstream. Fantastic production and mix of instrumental music and great songs. Genesis are prog legends

One for the vine is one of the greatest musical achievements in Prog. Blood on the rooftops is also brilliant.

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8 Trespass

This fantastic album is often overlooked. Genesis certainly wasn't at it's peak, but it contains the classic sound that would characterize Genesis albums for years to come. With masterpieces such as The Knife and Stagnation, it is an essential for any early Genesis fan. Be ready to be patient, though, because it is much more pastoral and peaceful than the group's later work.

Best album of all time and grossly underrated Genesis album. This may sound a bit contradicting but don't pay attention to any top ten lists! Listen to the albums and form your own opinion. I have not heard any bad Genesis albums from the Gabriel era, but Trespass is just perfect.

Lovely album, the Knife was the start of what was to become Genesis sound. Unfortunately they lost this beautiful. Sound after Wind and Withering

Genesis I would say was from start ahead of their time

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9 Invisible Touch

Good mix of commercial and long songs. A record of the times and still played on radio. Domino "Par excellence".

People think its commercially, but I love it.

Love this album all the way through. One of the best they ever made in my opinion.

Great album from start to finish - BriRen

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10 Abacab

This album is in some ways revolutionary;it married prog, dance and pop with 9 killer songs. The only Genesis album I would listen to all the way through.

One of my pers fav, can't explain why but Phil sounds like a good lyrics writer as-well on this!

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The Contenders

11 Genesis

This album was my first introduction to Genesis about thirty years ago, when I was fourteen years old! Even today, this album sounds as beautiful and mysterious as it did back then. This album has songs that are integrations of progressive rock and more commercial rock/pop songs. Having said that, this album, to me, transcends any genre, and still one of my favorite albums of all time.

A mix of long and short Genesis songs is the perfect album mix! Hardly any filler. Mama, Just A Job To Do, That's All, Home By The Sea

This album is always underrated - personally I love this album from start to finish and this was the first Genesis album I actually liked all the way through. I totally agree with the other reviewer as this is also one my all time favourite albums.

Love it.

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12 Seconds Out

Have always had the album in all it's forms. Saw the movie and it was truly wonderful. One of the three or four bands that have had the most influence on my musical upbringing.

Best live album ever made

Gorgeous live album

13 We Can't Dance

Some people don't like this album, but it is by far my favorite

My husband and I fell in love to this album. In my top 5 favorites.

14 ...And Then There Were Three

Undertow and Burning Rope are two of the strongest songs that Tony Banks has ever written, worthy of the best of Genesis. Overall, the album is a bit uneven, but has enough really dramatic and creative material to be my overall favorite album.

Perhaps one of their most underrated albums, but even without Steve Hackett, it's still one of my personal favorites along with "Wind & Wuthering" and "Selling England By The Pound".

Superb album, with some top songs, Many too many and Burning rope are two great songs, but the album in General is one of my favorites.

Deep in The Motherlode is my favourite Genesis track. The hazy but powerful atmosphere is unsurpassed. That relaxed shufgle, thise taurus bass pedals and the Nursery Cryme like middle bridge. Perfect track. Burning Rope for that instrumental bridge and guitar solo. Down and Out for Tony's meanest keyboard solo. Say It's alright Joe for for the beautiful melancholy. The Lady Lies for Mike's frightening bass playing. Also contained their first top 10 hit. This is the dark horse of the Genesis catalogue. Love it.

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15 Genesis Live
16 The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs
17 Spot the Pigeon
18 Three Sides Live

Awesome live versions of a number of superior Genesis songs, highlighted by Behind the Lines/Duchess and the amazing Old Medley, featuring a relentlessly driving version of In the Cage, the soaring keyboard section of Cinema Show, and a truly overpowering vocal performance by Phil Collins on Afterglow. My only regret with album is that I wish the band would have held off a few months in releasing it so that Supper's Ready, which was part of the 1982 Encore Tour setlist, could have been included as the "fourth side live."

Three Sides live had great songs.

A solid live album which explores all three of the band's eras.

19 Live Over Europe 2007

A brilliant ending to the Genesis story, a 2.5 hour celebration of the band's awesome, diverse music.

20 The Way We Walk
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