Best Live Albums


The Top Ten

1 Coast to Coast - Overture and Beginners - The Faces

This is how a live band should sound, raw and amuzing.

This does not deserve to be spam voted to the top. It was recorded towards the end of their career, when Rod Stewart was getting bored with them. Many of the albums below it are better. If you are reading this, please save this list. Vote for Made in Japan, Live at Leeds, At Folsom Prison, anything but this one. - Gg2000

2 Live at Leeds - The Who

The 15 minute "My Generation" is incredible. This was The Who at their finest. - Metarock

3 At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
4 Made In Japan - Deep Purple

Another great live performance matched by very, very few other performances. - Metarock

5 Live at Massey Hall 1971 - Neil Young
6 AC/DC Live - AC/DC
7 Live After Death - Iron Maiden
8 S&M - Metallica
9 The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 - The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert - Bob Dylan
10 Pulse - Pink Floyd

This was Pink Floyd very near the end of their career. This 1995 live performance is 2 and a half hours long, and is definitely worth hearing, and the videos of the performance captured with the light shows... wow. - Metarock

how is it not on there?! they crashed a plane for gods sake! - russian

The Contenders

11 Live at Monterey - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
12 How the West Was Won - Led Zeppelin

The ultimate rock band. Excellence all around. The power is all around perfect. No wonder they broke Beatles records and have sold more albums than any other pure rock band of all time.

13 Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 - Sam Cooke
14 The Great Deceiver: Live 1973-1974 - King Crimson
15 MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana
16 At Budokan - Cheap Trick
17 Live Rust - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
18 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones

The version of "Midnight Rambler" on this live album is incredible. Great performance overall, too. - Metarock

19 Live At the Apollo - James Brown
20 Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
21 Live at Reading - Nirvana
22 No Sleep'til Hammersmith - Motorhead
23 Live at the Regal - B.B. King
24 Oral Fixation Tour - Shakira
25 The Confessions Tour - Madonna

It becomes more amazing every time you listen to it. Madonna can do her show in the best way ever. That's why you lose so much only listen to her. Go watch her show!

26 Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings - Grateful Dead
27 Dream Letter: Live In London 1968 - Tim Buckley
28 Unleashed in the East - Judas Priest
29 MTV Unplugged - Bryan Adams
30 Live / Dead - Grateful Dead

Isn't it Dead/Live? - waldo

31 Absolutely Live - The Doors
32 Mingus at Antibes - Charles Mingus
33 Alive! - Kiss
34 MTV Unplugged - Shakira
35 Band of Gypsies - Jimi Hendrix

Have you heard Machine Gun? That's all I have to say. - dylanllama

36 Daft Punk - Alive 2007

36? Number one please! - EastZombie

37 Imaginations Through the Looking Glass (Live DVD 2004) - Blind Guardian Imaginations Through the Looking Glass (Live DVD 2004) - Blind Guardian
38 I'm Going to Tell You a Secret - Madonna
39 You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2 - Frank Zappa
40 At Newport 1960 - Muddy Waters
41 Tokyo Tales - Blind Guardian
42 Live in Leipzig - Mayhem
43 Live @ The Fillmore - Lucinda Williams
44 Stripped - The Rolling Stones

What about get yer yayas out

45 Live at Nippon Budokan - Dir en Grey
46 Anywhere But Home - Evanescence
47 Made in Hong Kong (and in Various Other Places) - Nightwish
48 Road to Revolution - Linkin Park
49 At Fillmore East - Allman Brothers Band

What is this doing so low? This album is awesome! The musicians are on point, and it helped set the standard for other jam bands. - Gg2000

50 Strangers In the Night - UFO

This is a really exceptional live album!

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Top Remixes (5)

1. S&M - Metallica
2. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
3. Live After Death - Iron Maiden
1. Made In Japan - Deep Purple
2. Live After Death - Iron Maiden
3. Imaginations Through the Looking Glass (Live DVD 2004) - Blind Guardian
1. At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
2. Live at Leeds - The Who
3. Live at Monterey - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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