Top 10 Classic Albums of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording - Martha Argerich
2 The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

This will always be the #1 album for stoners.

One Of The Truly Great Albums.It Deserves All The Attention It Gets.This Album Revolutionized Music. Evrything About This Album Is Absolutely Magnificent From The Music To The Lyrics To The Album Art.All Albums Stand For Something But The Dark Side Of The Moon Stands For Something Bigger.It Stands For All Music.There Isn't An Album As Great As This.Never Has Been, Never Will Be.

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3 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

Sgt Peppers Is 1 In A Million. It Never Gets Old. I've Been Listening To This Album Since I Was A 15.i'm 36 Now And I Still Love This Album. It's An Amazing Collection Of Fine Music.

Sgt peppers lonely hearts club band is just one of the timeless greats. I never get tired of listening to it.
This album is just so great.I love every single song on the track list. Especially "a day in life" and "Sgt peppers lonely hearts club band".This deserves first place. It's just so great.

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4 Rachmaninoff, Concerto No. 3 - Van Cliburn
5 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

Even The Name Makes You Feel Good.

Brian Wilson's genius will never be repeated again. This album is pure and beautiful and positive. Unlike most albums that have become a Cliché this hasn't. It stands for something different. It is a timeless great which for 36 minutes helps you forget about your problems and have a different perspective on things. And for that same time it gives you a glimpse of heaven so you feel much happier. In my opinion this is the best album of all time by a long shot.

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6 Machine Head - Deep Purple

This Album Sucks

7 A Night at the Opera - Queen

What's Deep Purple Doing In Front Of Queen. Machine Head Is Trash Compared To Night At The Opera. i Don't Think Anyone Actually Realizes How Magnificent This Album Truly Is. There Has Never Been Anything Like It And Judging By The Music That's Being Released Today I Guarantee There Won't Be. All The Tracks, All The Lyrics Absolutely Everything About This Album Is Number 1. And Further More Why Is Straight Outta Compton Higher Than Abbey Road, Kid A, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Blonde On Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited, Rubber Soul And Last But Not Least Are You Experienced?

This Entire List Is Wack.

How the heck is Machine Head higher than Night At The Opera?
This album is literally the most unique albums of all time. Who would have thought Opera and Rock would go together so well?
Queen did and the result? Something different yet amazing to listen to. This is the only album that doesn't sound like anything else. Nothing and nothing is like it. Great album and it seriously deserves to be in the top 5.

Classic means unique AND this album is as unique as you can get. Name another album that has combined 2 genres as different as Opera and Rock And has made it sound good.

I Agree WITH what The Guy Above said.

8 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Will Never Be Repeated Again And This Album Too. This album just gives me chills every time I listen to it. It has songs for every mood your in. No album has ever been like that.From Stairway To Heaven To Black Dog and All the other songs on its track listing. All of the songs are masterpieces and if anyone can't understand that they're better off listening to nicki minaj and all the other mainstream pop artists. This album is what being a classic is all about. From the Music to the lyrics to the production and album art. This album deserves to be number 1.

Led Zeppelin IV should be number 1 on every list related to greatest albums

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9 Wheels of Fire - Cream
10 In the Hands of the Master - Vladimir Horowitz

The Contenders

11 The Doors - The Doors
12 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

This album is the greatest folk album of all time and a serious competitor for the greatest album of all time. Great music, great production everything is great in this album. It deserves to be in the top 10.

I Can't Belive 2 RAP Albums Are Higher Than This.And What Is Kid A Even Doing On This List?
This Album Is A Timeless Great.It Seems To Be Very Simple But It's More Than That. It's Special. Lyrically And Musically Can't Be Matched. And An Absolute Classic. Should Be Number One And The Only Album That Can Come Close To This Is "Pet Sounds".

13 Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues
14 Blue - Joni Mitchell
15 Abbey Road - The Beatles

It's an absolute classic. There has never been an album as great as this. Beginning to end it's fantastic and while you listen to it, it relieves you of all the pain in your life and gives you something to be happy about. This album got me through depression when I was 17 after the death of my father. Without this album I would have definitely died. I don't know about anyone else but to me this is, was and forever will be the greatest album of all time.

16 Kid A - Radiohead

Its also an abomination that this weak crap is allowed to even be on the same page as the Beatles, Dylan, and Hendrix.

I'm pretty surprised to see this over Here while there's no sign of OK Computer.but I personally like kid A more Than OK computer.the entire production of this album is unique and special. It's one of the most unique albums I've ever heard. I love this album.

Having this here is like having a t*rd in a punchbowl.

17 Who's Next - The Who
18 Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
19 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico

Would someone mind explaining me how "Straight Outta Compton" and "Illmatic" are in the top 10 and this masterpiece is 13? Without this album and the velvet underground many of the bands we know and love wouldn't exist. seriously this album paved the way for rock as we know it. If anything should be called a "classic" it's this.

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20 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.

What The Hell Is This Doing Higher Than "Blonde On Blonde"?

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21 After the Gold Rush - Neil Young

Come on, who added all these great albums? you're the reason why this list in its currrent state is 100 times better than the best album list. thank you so much - RecklessGreed

22 Illmatic - Nas

Dude, everything in the top 10 does not have to be rock, but it should not be utter garbage like this.

An abomination that this is ahead of Abbey Road and Revolver.

Dude Everything In The Top 10 Shouldn't Just Be Rock. There Are Phenomenal Albums In All Genres Of Music.

Well Not ALL. But You Get The Idea - 12cc

23 Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
24 Rubber Soul - The Beatles

This Isn't Music It's ART.

Rubber Soul 16?
If you can't appreciate this album you have no soul

25 Strangers In the Night - Frank Sinatra

Usually people don't pay any attention to franks albums. They always go after his singles and that stuff. And this album is really underrated. Great vocals, music and the order of the tracks makes it perfect.
R.I.P Frank Sinatra

26 Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Experience
27 Revolver - The Beatles
28 Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
29 Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

I Can't Belive This Is 21 Below Many Album that are inferior to the complexity and magnificence of this. For its time it was incredibly unique (1967).The production of this album is incredible, the lyrics are phenomenal and that brings me to the music which is untouchable. This album influenced many of the bands who are now legends like Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols And Many More. So in terms of classic there isn't an album more deserving of the top spot that "Are You Experienced"

How the hell are Kid A, Illmatic and straight outta Compton higher than are you experienced?

Rolling Stone magazine ranked this album 15th on their greatest albums of all time list.

4 of the songs on it are in their 500 greatest songs of all time list. what other album has been so critical acclaimed? In my opinion the only albums that can even come close to are you experienced are "the dark side of the moon", "Led Zeppelin IV" and "Sgt peppers lonely hearts club band". and by the way "pet sounds" is way too overrated to be in the top 10.

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30 Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
31 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
32 The White Album - The Beatles

Why is the Beatles best album below Illmatic, The velvet underground and nico, kid A and straight outta Compton. This is one of the greatest albums of all time.this album was one of the last and many people agree that this is the greatest album by the Beatles.

33 Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan

Why is this way down here? Its simple, the average voter at top tens is 12-14 years old, has never heard of Bob Dylan, and votes in lockstep with whatever their friends at middle school think is cool. They think that Blonde on Blonde is a girl group like Little Mix.

What's wrong with you people? 25 are you kidding me? "Blonde On Blonde" is the definition of classic. Seriously all the songs are flawless and nothing, but nothing can even come close to giving you the feeling that blonde on blonde does. deserves to be at least in the top 10

34 Woodstock [Original Soundtrack] - Various Artists
35 Forever Changes - Love
36 Breakfast In America - Supertramp
37 West Side Story [Original Soundtrack] - Various Artists
38 Harvest - Neil Young
39 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
40 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

What's This Even Doing Here. It's Garbage Compared To Led Zeppelin's Other Stuff

This Album is seriously underrated.I think it's Led Zeppelins 2nd Best album (after Led Zeppelin IV of course) although many might say Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin II and Physical Graffiti Are Better. This album is what made Led Zeppelin. Songs Like "Communication Breakdown", "Good Times Bad Times", "Dazed And Confusedand" and "Black Mountain Side" have left nothing but good memories for Led Zeppelin fans. Led Zeppelin FOREVER.

41 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
42 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
43 Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock
44 A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
45 Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk
46 In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
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Top Remixes

1. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
2. Blue - Joni Mitchell
3. Who's Next - The Who
1. Machine Head - Deep Purple
2. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
3. A Night at the Opera - Queen
1. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd


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