Top Ten Best Genesis Albums

The best albums ever made by the British rock band.
The Top Ten
1 Selling England By The Pound Selling England By The Pound Product Image

I was 14 and in a listening booth of the local record store. I had ilimited time and had been listening to Bowie's PIn Ups when I noticed SEBTP and asked if I could listen to the opening track. I was immediately hooked and walked out with Mr Gabriel & Co under my arm. Bought Bowie later but Genesis just blew me away. Still consider SEBTP as the best album I've ever owned.

I have recently started to collect Genesis albums (vinyl) having been brought up on them coutesy of my big brother!
I was around the age of 5 when "Selling" was out and my brother would have been around 18 so this gives an idea of my genesis journey so far. I am now 47!

I love this album and without doubt it gets my vote for No1. I also have Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot so I think its fair to say that I am a true "Gabriel" and will accept nothing less.
This album is a master class of brilliance and I find myself playing it over and over again. To me it sums up the eccentricity of England past and boasts some outstanding tracks that will leave you wanting more. Some great solo work and vocals complete this wonderful masterpiece.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have done over the years.

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.

Brilliant musicianship as well as intricate awe inspiring lyrics. Peter, Tony, Steve, Mike, and especially Phil's incredible drumming with time signatures galore performances are all great. My personal favorites on SEBTP are Firth Of Fifth ( my favorite Genesis song all time with Supper's Ready a close second ), The Cinema Show, After The Ordeal, I Know What I Like ( In Your Wardrobe ), and Dancing With The Moonlit Knight. The other songs on this great album are very good as well. I would say that Nursery Cryme through Wind And Wuthering was the true best of Genesis and it just so happened to be the exact time frame for the criminally underrated guitar virtuoso Steve Hacketts exact tenure with Genesis. Trespass, ATTWT, and Duke are pretty o.k. as well. Then it was just different to me. Selling England By The Pound is their absolute Zenith to me. Foxtrot and The Lamb are not too far behind as they were great albums in their own right as was Trick Of The Tail. I believe Steve Hackett ...more

2 Foxtrot Foxtrot Product Image

"Supper's Ready," the album's 22-minute final track, is perhaps the zenith of progressive rock. It epitomizes one of the main hallmarks of the genre: lengthy compositions. Also, Paul Whitehead designed the album's sleeve design. It was a caricature of a woman wearing a fox's head, and Gabriel later mimicked that with his on-stage theatrics. His artsy persona was very captivating; therefore, Genesis—and, more specifically, Peter Gabriel—gained plenty of press attention. Anyway, it's a great album. "Watcher of the Skies" is another favorite of mine.

Every song on this album is a piece of art.
From the epic Watcher of the Skies, to the beautiful Time Tables and Can-Utility and the Coastliners. Get 'em out by Friday is great to listen, especially because of it's amazing bass lines, and Steve Hackett's Horizons is a wonderful classical guitar piece.
And then Supper's Ready, wow, I have listened to it over 10 times, since the first time 2 weeks ago. The whole piece is 22:54 minutes of genius. It brings you on a journey through lots of different musical styles. Definitely the best song Genesis has made.

Overall, after listing to Selling England by The Pound, A Trick of the Tale, Duke, Nursery Cryme and The Lamb, this is definitely my favourite!

I remember listening to this Album on a recorded Tape via Walkman on the Backseat of my parent's car when I was a early Teenager. I liked it very much back then but somehow it got out of my mind. 20 years later I just discovered it again. And what can I say- I still think it's a fantastic piece of music. The best Genesis Album for me.

Supper's 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

3 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Product Image

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.

This album is a masterpiece in every way. The story is crazy, over the top and that's why I love it. It's what Prog was all about. All band members are on top form and it was a fitting departure from Gabriel. I'm glad to see albums like We can't dance and And then there were three aren't in the top 10. The post Hackett era was when they sold out. All Gabriel albums not including from genesis to revelations should be the top 5. Let's get Trespass in the top 10

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.

'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'.

4 Trick of the Tail Trick of the Tail Product Image

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.

Just ground breaking. Brilliant. Critics claim they never had a truly classic album. I think this is a classic album, the best one of many that they had.

Mature, intelligent adult rock. Restrained lyricism runs through. No elves either apart from the title track, which is a little gem.

5 Nursery Cryme Nursery Cryme Product Image

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.

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.

Saw them several times at this period in small clubs around the home counties - and at the local technical college where the people felt they were their very own band. the music had an intimacy which evapourated as they went world-wide. to me, this has to be one of the most magnificent rock albums in history. never quite understand why the majority go with foxtrot much of which tends to meander a little, or is recorded as if the next group were waiting outside the studio to get in and do their bit.

Definitely my favorite out of Genesis's catalogue. I absolutely love The musical Box. The Return of the Giant Hogweed is also brilliant. Seven Stones is very memorable and strong. Fountain of Salmacis was brilliant too. I love every bit of it. Just wish it was longer.

6 Invisible Touch Invisible Touch Product Image

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

Has some of the best production. Phil's voice and drumming was at the top of his form.
Rutherfords gutiar riffs, and of course Banks' great keybords!
One of my favourite ablums of all time!

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

A very magnetic album. You just keep coming back to it.

7 Duke Duke Product Image

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.

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.

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

Beautiful story, strong instrumentals and singing, very transitional from old Genesis to new Genesis. More than anything, I love that this album is so upbeat in spite of the somewhat of a downer storyline...it portrays hope and excitement!

8 Wind & Wuthering Wind & Wuthering Product Image

I always thought that the early Genesis (Gabriel era) albums were superior to the later material but recently rediscovered WInd and the Wuthering and would certainly in the top 3.Blood on the rooftops and AFterglow are remarkable tracks.

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.

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".

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

9 Genesis Genesis Product Image

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.

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.

A little bit of every style the band produced is on this album. Prog classics (Home By The Sea, Mama) Pop tracks (That's All) Comedy (Illegal Alien), it's just great.

Pound for pound this to me is the best Genesis album or at least the best album to introduce someone to the band who may have never heard of them.

10 Trespass Trespass Product Image

Beautiful album, definitely doesn't get the praise it should. Stagnation is one of Genesis' best tracks, so gorgeous and powerful.

This fantastic album is often overlooked. Genesis certainly wasn't at its 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.

Trespass is Genesis' best album ever by far. It has great songwriting and the performance is stellar. If you have the chance to buy it then do because it is phenomenal.

The Contenders
11 Abacab Abacab Product Image

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 favorite, can't explain why but Phil sounds like a good lyrics writer as-well on this!

This album with 10 avant-garde songs, is so great

There is no quit in genesis

12 We Can't Dance We Can't Dance Product Image

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.

This is their best album and it is not in the top ten

13 ...And Then There Were Three ...And Then There Were Three Product Image

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.

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".

This is a very decent album. It reminds me a lot of Pink Floyd's Animal's. I've never seen Genesis use such a dark atmosphere. Truly an incredible album.

14 Seconds Out Seconds Out Product Image

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

best live album

15 Genesis Live Genesis Live Product Image

Genesis were a theatrical live band. This catches them at their peak, before Gabriel tried to copy Yes and Pink Floyd and The Who and make serious overblown concept albums.

Listened to this about 7000 times when I was a teenager. Totally unique.

16 The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs Product Image
17 Spot the Pigeon Spot the Pigeon Product Image

It’s forgotten but it’s still a good album

18 From Genesis To Revelation From Genesis To Revelation Product Image

Not as good as the rest of the Gabriel era, but definitely not a throwaway album like people make it out to be. Still an enjoyable album in my opinion.

I still prefer this album far more than their last number of albums.

19 Three Sides Live Three Sides Live Product Image

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."

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

Three Sides live had great songs.

20 The Way We Walk The Way We Walk Product Image
21 The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts The Way We Walk, Volume One: The Shorts Product Image
22 Calling All Stations Calling All Stations Product Image

It's an album I initially refused to listen to, but I've been listening to it very recently and I think that it's a solid album, with some excellent tracks that grow on you. Yes, Ray Wilson isn't Peter, or Phil, but I think he did a much better job than people credit him for. In a way, I'm sorry that I didn't listen to this album sooner.

They should have released "The Dividing Line" as a single.
Most people would have no idea who they were listening to.

Then why did you vote for it, Caleb9000?

Just 2 members still good

23 Live Over Europe 2007 Live Over Europe 2007 Product Image

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

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