Top Ten Classic Rock Albums of All TimeThese are simply the albums that have defined rock and roll. No frills. Here we go:
The Top Ten
This album defines rock and roll in its entirety. Saying this deserves number three is like saying Kanye West doesn't have an ego. This is THE album, this is THE best compilation of songs and themes all woven into one record. It speaks life, and all the things that can drive you insane. The songs below.
Speak to Me - Communication
Breathe - Work
On the Run - Anxiety/Travel
Time - Time
The Great Gig in the Sky - Death
Money - Greed
Us and Them - War
Any Colour you Like - Drugs/Choice
Brain Damage - Insanity
Eclipse - The whole album summarized into this final tune
I would say that almost everyone knows this album even if their not Pink Floyd fans. The album cover is recognized by everyone and songs like money, us and them, brain damage/ eclipse are still played on classic rock stations. If you have not listened to this great album I suggest you do. I promise you you won't regret it. - Windowstcm1988
This really wasn't even a question. If we're talking about best album ever, Dark Side wins it no matter what. It flows so well, it could honestly be just one song. Every song is good in its own way, and I can't just listen to one tune off of this album, I have to listen to the whole thing. It is also really deep and very thought provoking. If you've never listened to this album, get some high-quality headphones, and just listen to the song in the dark. Nothing compares to it. - lavillaof2112
Greatest ever no doubtV 78 Comments
This is seriously the best album of all time, 1 it has stairway to heaven. It's become very fashionable to knock Stairway, but the reason it's overplayed is because it's so GOOD Simply one of the epics of rock. and it also contains classics Black Dog, Rock an Roll, not to mention the other ones that are all so completely overlooked, Going to California, Misty Mountain Hop, When the Levee Breaks, etc. The Drums are incredible, especially on When the Levee Breaks, Four Sticks, and Black Dog. The variety is amazing too, going from heavy rock (black dog, four stix) to beautiful acoustic songs (going to California, the battle of evermore). John Bonham's powerful drumming, John Paul Jones's keyboards and thundering bass, Jimmy Page's incredible acoustic and electric guitar work, and Robert Plant's amazing vocals(going to California black dog and rock and roll are the best examples of Robert's singing) all come together into the best 8 songs ever stuck together and packaged. It's sold 38 ...more
I love Led Zeppelin so much, but no album comes close to Dark Side. Don't even try to convince me to put this above Dark Side. However... I love this album! Black Dog is a great hard rocker, and Rock and Roll goes back to rock music's roots. The Battle of Evermore is a great folk-rock song that is often overlooked because of the overplayed, overrated Stairway to Heaven. Misty Mountain Hop is really good, and then Four Sticks, which is OK. Going to California, the best song on the album, in my opinion comes next, followed by the finale, When The Levee Breaks, an incredible blues song. - lavillaof2112
What an absolutely beautiful album. I have it at 6 with LZII being Led Zep's best. My thinking behind it is Four Sticks being only a decent tune and with only 8 tracks it puts IV at 7 great tracks while II has 8 great tracks and the very entertaining Moby Dick only solidifying it's rank. However, 99% of rock bands would trade their entire career to make just 1 album as good as Led Zeppelin IV. Black Dog is probably their best ever track. Rock and Roll is classic rock at its finest. Stairway to heaven is a beautiful track that takes the listener on a ride through Zep's gushing song writing and inspired countless musicians on a journey to write something great. Misty Mountain Hop is the secret weapon on this album, a foot stomping gem. Going to California delivers on how well of an acoustic sound they had. When the levee breaks delivers on how big and right down nasty their tone as a unit was. Bonham's drum tone is mind blowing in Levee, maybe the best drum tone of anything in rock. ...more
While there are other albums that might be more consistently good all the way, IV/Zoso reaches such unbelievable highs that it's comparable with some of the Beatles' best work. It covers so many genres (blues, rock n' roll, folk, prog, stoner, math rock, and metal) but remains consistent and seamless all the way through. It's a gorgeous 40-minute journey through music. 7/8 of the tracks are the best songs I've ever heard, and that 1/8 is only great. There's at least something here everyone can enjoy, whether they're into rock or not. A 10/10 for sure. - ThatDudeRossV 43 Comments
If not for this album, the others would not be. Sgt. Pepper broke the mold and became the model for others to follow. This should definitely be number one. It has it all - hard rocking songs, as well as great ballads.
With this album The Beatles proved that you can be famous by writing and recording whatever experimental music you want, if you do it talented you would succeed. The message of album for other bands was "come on guys, there ain't no need to write cheap 3 accorded songs to become famous, go on do whatever you like! " I see that most people voted for the Dark Side of The Moon, but in fact without Sgt Pepper that won't be Pink Floyd at all!
I agree Sgt. Peppers is the best of all time. Followed closely by Beach Boys Pet Sounds. Third Love Forever Changes is right up there. So is Velvet Underground Loaded. The Beatles Rubber Soul is also up there. That is my top 5. I have more but not now.
The Beatles changed the world of music...FOREVER! This was the ALBUM that reached the point ~ not so much of perfection ~ but as a Flag for all other musicians worldwide, to power down and create unimpeded! But, really, any list charting the BEST of all time...needs to start with 'The Beatles"...you choose ~ they're all GREAT!V 26 Comments
What the hell! How can this be so low. It at least deserves to be in the top 5 if not the first position. Come one guys, this is a classic.
So the story is I was looking through my dads old record collection. I liked some really bad pop music back then. I found this album, hesitant to play it, I put it on, and as soon as the needle touched the record and I heard the first crackle, I cried for as long as I could. Quite embarrassing I know, and then I put on side 3, followed by side 4. I was then in a pool of tears. To this day I don't know why, but I listen to the record every night, right before I go to sleep. Sorry this was long by the way
I love this album, but honestly, it's a bit overrated. I think Wish You Were Here and The Wall should switch places.
By far the best album of all time! - ShugaRoyV 23 Comments
10 songs of pure rock and roll. Malcolm Young's rhythm is heavy and unmatched. I don't think anyone ever hit the strings harder than him in his day. Maybe the greatest riff guitarist of all time. Angus Young's leads are flawless and brilliant leaving you wanting more and more. Johnson's vocals are that of a confident front man in his prime which is stunning in itself as his 1st album with an already established band. This was in the prime years of AC/DC and every single track is instantly noticed after the 1st few notes. The drums and bass offer a rock steady backbone to the plethora of guitar brilliance. The tone both Angus and Malcolm have in the Back in Black track is enough alone to put them in the Rock Hall of Fame. Throw in the rest and it's a world class rock song. You shook me all night long is just a sexy song and displays amazing song writing front to back. Hells Bells is a bit darker than anything else on this album, but man is it killer or what? It's definitely adds some ...more
Rock at its purest and most rauccous, Back in Black is AC/DC's most cohesive album, as well as maybe its most important, as it showed the world that the band has a future despite the tragic death of its legendary original lead singer, Bon Scott. Brian Johnson's pipes filled the part nicely, doing Scott plenty of justice and serving as the voice of the band's most famous song, this album's title track.
This one of AC/DC's best albums. Some of the best songs are on this one. If you dislike this, you suck. This album made over $22,000,000 in sales and it reached #1 on the top charts. And whoever said AC/DC is least skilled and least creative, well, AC/DC has more talent than you have in one fingernail.
awesomeV 32 Comments
I can't believe this album is so high but I couldn't be more pleased! This album and band are amazing. Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Limelight and Vital Signs are amazing. The Camera Eye and Witch Hunt are great too.
Inventive and groundbreaking, this album re-defined rock and created a genre of its own, stepping away from 70s prog and reaching the perfect mix between great songwriting and intricate and fabulous playing.
Rush North America's best Been Around by far they are amazing bands to see live and they are totally awesome
Absolutely Iconic! Not a single bad song on this album.V 16 Comments
This album actually contained the blueprint of heavy metal. Beginning with wailing air-raid sirens, ozzy's demented howling, sweeping power chords of Iommi along with the crushingly heavy team of geezer butler and bill ward the band made this album worthy of the apocalypse. I am still stupefied by this Sabbath sound ever since I listened to this album 20 years ago ; although I feel it should not be classified here as it is a genre defining album... giving birth to the genre of heavy metal.
Most unique sound out of all the above artists. This band has influenced all the heavier bands I listen to today. This should definitely be in the top of this list
Why Is Back In Black Higher Than This? Seriously Back In Black Is A Great Album But Not As Good As Paranoid
This album is 100+% metal - SabbathV 11 Comments
So many good songs on this album, from Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Foxy Lady, Manic Depression, Fire, and The Wind Cries Mary. The best of all time, no doubt. Never has an album had such a great list of songs!
One of the most influential albums ever recorded. The best debut album as well.
An absolute classic that has stood the test of time. Perhaps "standing the test of time" should be a category. In my opinion, this should be in the top 2.
fantastic.V 4 Comments
Roger Daltrey's scream at the end of the instrumental section in won't get fooled again is the moment rock music came of age (said someone). Everything since has been anticlimax.
Roger Daltrey's scream marks the pinnacle of classic rock. Nothing before that moment had so well captured the essence of rock and roll, and nothing after it matched the primal nuance of rock's earlier days. Surrounding this singular moment is rock and roll at its very finest.
Baba O'riley, Behind Blue eyes, Won't get fooled again, need I say more? This album represents one of the greatest rock groups at their best. It contains some of the greatest rock tunes and some of the greatest rock ballads as well. This album has every band member performing at their best and most rocking. It deserves top 3 for sure.
The 2nd or 3rd best rock album ever for sure. (1 being Led Zeppelin IV and 2 maybe being the Dark Side of the Moon) - ThatDudeRossV 9 Comments
Easily Deep Purple's best album, Machine Head features a wide variety of sounds, from the explosive Highway Star, to the surprisingly groovy Lazy, to the classic riff to rule all other riffs, Smoke on the Water.
Machine head is a milestone in the history and development of rock music & an album which has influenced countless groups and musicians for 42 years. There is no competitive album.
All the albums that are better for a position is just below the machine head
The best album in hard rock, with the perfect songs ever
If you don't like Highway Star you don't like rockV 9 Comments
Who would think that Rock and Opera would be the perfect combination?
Queen did, and the result is unique.
Each song perfectly matches the next one, and ends with the best song ever, Bohemian Rhapsody.
This album showed the world that damn near anything can be rock if you just do it right. Freddie was the greatest front man of all time, and what he and Brian and the rest of them did on this album completely changed not just rock, but everything that played on the radio because it showed that the world would listen to great music regardless of genre.
Can't believe this one is so low! It's a Top 5 contender for sure! An eclectic album perfectly illustrating Queen's eclectic and diverse style. Something for everyone and this is pure raw talent at it's best. Also, goes without saying that the timeless 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is on this album too
By far better than any other album on this list. NUMERO UNO!V 14 Comments
The Beatles are the band that every other band looks to as the archetype. They were the original classic rock band that all the other classic rock bands bow to. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, etc, etc - they all looked to the Beatles as their idols.
To address a topic addressed by another comment - yes, back in the day they called them "pop" - but they also referred to the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Led Zeppelin as pop as well. Back then the word "pop" literally meant "popular" - and literally everybody from Frank Sinatra to Janis Joplin to James Brown were all considered "pop. " To say that the Beatles sounded more "pop" than Led Zeppelin makes no sense in the context of the time period...
The Beatles don't need to sound like Zeppelin because the Beatles pioneered the musical sounds that Led Zeppelin employed. The definition of "Classic Rock" is album oriented rock & ...more
In my humble opinion this album is a masterpiece. No contemporary musical opus is perfect and sadly that's a fact. However, what makes a good album might be a single unforgettable track supported by a load of nearly but not quite tracks. What makes a great album is perhaps two or three awesome tracks. But with the exception of two pointless fillers, namely Octopus's Garden & Maxwell's Silver Hammer, this album is faultless musically, lyrically & production wise. A veritable tsunami of sound and harmony is there, timelessly set in stone, to engulf all fortunate past & future audiences emotions. It will forever be a mystery to me how four undereducated working class youths ever managed to conceive and deliver such a level of musical genius.
The Beatles are the best rock band ever, the comment below mine says they are pop comparing them to Led Zeppelin (ironically he didn't write correctly the band's name). Led Zeppelin is heavier than The Beatles, but than doesn't means that The Beatles aren't classic rock... this guys have many songs that were considered heavy and every song of them is rock!
Many people label them as pop. That's bad because they were the band that made better rock!
By the way, this album is perfect because all its songs rock! - rock2metal
A perfect and poignant culmination of everything that made the Beatles great, and a far better conclusion to their discography than Let It Be. - ThatDudeRossV 15 Comments
While the whole album is great, it must be said that the title track is one of the most incredible chapters in the history of rock, lyrically and instrumentally.
One of my favorite albums ever, many great rock songs. Joe Walsh and Don Felder on dual guitars, what more could you ask for.
I love every single song on that album it is amazing and it really shows how the band changed when Joe Walsh joined.
Couple of good songs but I never really thought it was that great. Overrated.V 5 Comments
Led Zeppelin II is probably my favorite album out there. Individually, each track is strong, but not the best per say. But Led Zeppelin II is not album made to showcase any track in particular, and this becomes apparent when you listen to the whole album through. "Heartbreaker" is great, "Living Loving Maid" is great, but the way they sound back to back on a record just can't be beat. Led Zeppelin IV is great as well, but there are a few weaker tracks, thus putting II higher in my ranks
This was a very tough choice, but overall I think this the best Led Zep album, just barely beating Led Zeppelin IV. This album contains some of the best writing the band ever put forth, including maybe the best all around guitar work in rock history.
Bee-like psychedelic breakdown right from the get-go, music only becomes better throughout
fireV 7 Comments
Rush at their best.
Played so often on my turntable that is sounds like it has no highs left. Still amazing to listen to.
Why is Moving Pictures before 2112? That's like saying Justin Bieber could sing for Nirvana! Or saying that he could even sing in the first place!
I agree, this is one of the best albums ever!
For sure, one of the best! Every single song is awesome!
When they been at their worst they did the best... Among my top three Albums!
The best album of all the chain is the best song along with dreamsV 10 Comments
Are you gonna hitch a ride on a smokin rock and roll band that will share their piece of mind to give you more than a Feeling. Take this record home tonight
One of the very best albums of all time, plays like a greatest hits album... Not a dud to be found
A true masterpiece that shows just what one brilliant mind can accomplish with just a little encouragement! 10/10
Best vocalist in rock!
RIP Brad Delp
While Abbey Road is better musically, and Sgt. Pepper is more influential, Revolver exemplifies everything that was so amazing about the Beatles. At the time, the Beatles were still on good terms and Lennon and McCartney were still writing songs together. This combination resulted in one of the greatest albums of all time (ask Rolling Stone, they have it ranked as the number 3 greatest album of all time). Revolver includes musical innovations like Eleanor Rigby and Tomorrow Never Knows and brilliant songwriting like Here, There and Everywhere and I'm Only Sleeping. While it's not the most recognized or the most influential, it is among the Beatles best albums, and should be high in the top ten.
Why the heck isn't this top ten! This should be #1! But #95! What the hell! I was going to vote for Joshua Tree, thinking this would already be up there and Tree would need the vote a comment, but I see the Beatles best album and greatest of all time at 95. Shame. I don't like this list- mostly because of this albums poor placement.
Revolver is surprisingly underrated, "Taxman", "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Yellow Submarine" all come from this album, and are some of the greatest Beatles songs of all time, if not some of the greatest SONGS of all time. - Mousike
The most experimental album of its time. Be prepared for the revolving trip!V 7 Comments
How on earth did The Beatles have not one, but two albums ahead of this. I am a huge classic rock fan and this is at least top ten, deserves top five, and should probably be top three. And no hate towards Rush, Moving Pictures is amazing, but no way both Moving Pictures and 2112 are ahead of this.
Better then 99% of the albums on this list. Not a single bad song on the album. They all rock and still to this day this album owns its relevance even in the newest generation.
The first album I owned that made me understand what a complete, no-skip album could sound like. Virtually every single track could have been a single, and a career highlight for lesser bands
This album kicks so much ass. Even if you dish hate on 80's rock, you still have to admit that this album was great.V 22 Comments
This is a far better album than Machine Head. It's more intense and the songs are more daring. Not surprising considering in the line-up's first album together and they were still unknown so were more free to stamp the songs with whatever direction they wanted. Child In Time on its own would be worth the album price, but the whole thing is full to bursting with loud, intense raw power. By the time Purple came to do Machine Head, they were more cautious and had more pressure on them after the lackluster Fireball. Deep Purple In Rock showed what a band could do without any shackles.
I had been playing drums as a young guy (started pre-teens, about 10 years old)... I would turn 13 May of the year this came out - 1970, joined my first really good local Rock Band that winter as well... No other album (and all the above are amazing, and greatly influenced me as well), but, no other album, music, drummer, influenced my Hard Rock playing ability more than Deep Purple, Ian Paice, and this album... I had Heard "Hush" years earlier, great, great stuff, but this album and line-up just blew me away for years to come!... Long Live "DP"
The greatest heavy rock album of all time by in my opinion, the most underrated band in the last forty years. This album set the bar, never surpassed, rarely equalled.
Machine Head has 3 medicore songs: Maybe I'm a Leo, Lazy, Never Before
In Rock has only one mediocre song: Living Wreck
And that's all. This album is totally overshadowed by Machine Head...
Only 42. No, no, no. One of the finest rock album produced ever. Should be among the first 20.
Zero filler. Includes everything from the blues to heavy rock to folk acoustic. The best rock double album by the best rock group ever. Fact.
Led Zeppelin - The Doors - Janis Joplin - Love - Neil Young all on top. The first 6 Led Zeppelin albums should be in the top 30!
Just no... This is the best LZ album. It is the culmination of all of their albums and #26 tells me more people haven't listened to it because Stairway to Heaven isn't on this album.V 5 Comments
Best live album ever
Best live album ever! Enough said!
Listen to this and you won't bother with the studio versions any more
This and Live At Leeds by The Who are two of the greatest live recordings ever!V 5 Comments
Since the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, nobody had such an enormous impact on music. This album didn't just kill hair metal, it made alternative metal popular, which has been 98% of rock for the last 25 years... rock will never be same after this
How is this not in top 10? By far one of the most important and successful albums in music history let alone rock history!
Maybe because I'm from the younger generation of rock fans; but this should be in the top 10.
I think it is one of the best albums of all time. The 12 tracks match each other perfectly. If you are not shaken by Nirvana, boy... you are already dead...V 13 Comments
GREAT BAND AND SONG-BUT ANGUS YOUNG WAS AC/DC
A MASTERPIECE! The most brilliant album ever recorded, in the entire history of music. Wish you were here, where every song is one of the greatest songs ever... Simply mind-blowing
This album should be higher up. From the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond to songs like Wish You Were Here and Have a Cigar, this album is awesome in every way. - matty925
It should be number 2. Exceptional music. Outstanding in every aspect. Definitively has to be ranked higher, much higher.
Only good songs on this. It defines Pink Floyd! - Userguy44V 12 Comments
Amazing Album. Yorke's voice is at it's best here. This is like 'The Dark Side of the Moon' of the nineties. I do think that 'In Rainbows' is extremely underrated however and should be above this but OK Computer is brilliant.
This is surely better than dark side of the moon and any Beatles album I don't know why it's at no. 34
Great album from a great band. This actually won the Grammy and sits on No 32 on this list, 'am quite surprised that an album with iconic songs like Airbag, Paranoid Android, Karma police, Lucky is languishing in 32 on an all time best rock album list...
So awesome it should be in top 20V 6 Comments
If I were on a desert island American Beauty would be with me every song is so nice I love box of rain but all the song are great started listening to when it came out... I play piano still get tingling feeling at end of box of rain other albums would be... exile on main street... whos next... aqualung...led4...a space in time ten years after
Greatest American band of all time, and this is the one that combines all the reasons they are that band. Blues, ballads, rock and roll and everything in between.
This is top 5
It's The Rolling Stones in the middle of their epic string of albums...hello?
Pure class from the Stones.
How is this 28th, and the first stones on this list?
Top Ten album!V 3 Comments
Great Later stuff by an ICONIC Band!
My introduction to Deep Purple. Still my favourite album.
Menacing, heavy, melodic, brooding, intelligent... Etc...
Classic album with a great laid back sound.
Great album not one bad tune, into the void, children of the grave and sweet leaf, deffintelly carry this album to the top 25
Top Ten all-time album. No question
Awesome sound great songs
The most mind blowing, slit your wrists album off all time, mellow to mental institute.
Crap, should've voted for this! This is my all time favorite album!
Great album. Floyd at it's finest.
Great look into the macrocosm of societyV 7 Comments
Pure rock n roll!
The only other that comes close to this is Teenage Head - Flamin Groovies.
The Best of Stones! The Best Rock N' Roll Album Ever! This is Rock N' Roll at it's best!
This is not only one of the best rock albums ever made, but one of the best albums in the history of music. It is credited as being the first progressive rock album. It will blow your mind.
Awesome album highly underrated.
Personally, I'd rank "Red" in this place.
Great album at least top 5V 2 Comments
Shocked by how low down this is. All of the songs on this album are great, and I'd go as far as to say that "Starman" is one of the best classic rock songs ever written. Not a mention a genius character and story.
This should absolutely be way higher. This is ridiculous. Rolling Stone has your #1 (Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon') at #43 and this album at #35. So, there's that.
Without this album Pink Floyd, Queen, the Clash, and most of rock after 1973 wouldn't have existed.
Needs to be higherV 3 Comments
7 hit singles on one album... This is definitely Leppard's equivalent to Michael Jacksons Thriller
Something wrong with the world with this not being in the top 10.
Tied with Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction for some of the most recognizable rock songs of all time definitely a top 10 contender
An album 95% finished when he died, that showed the new direction Jimi was heading. An excellent album.
Ass kickin american rock n roll! CCR is up there in the MT. Rushmore of Rock Icons! Is number 10 on my list!
My first Lp
It is so far a head for me as my favorite album that I can't actually think what would be second, Incredibly powerful and moving album-not for the faint hearted.
You may think this is the finest pearl.
If you haven't listened to this LP...DO IT
Unique! A masterpiece
The start of a classic run of great albums, one of the best album ever from the Stones.
Why is this hear
This album rocks from beginning to end.
Should be in top 20
Agreed under rated. It come a little later than many ofthe classic albums but doesn’t rock any less.V 1 Comment
Pure Greatness should be higher.
Number 49? No disrespect to deep purple but swap made in Japan for this one!
Not a single bad song
JUMP Panama HOT FOR TEACHER ILL WAIT ARE SO GOOD
Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, what else to say
The best guitar-playing duets ever.
I am over 50 years old, and I think this may be one of the most under-rated rock albums ever, or at least, in my era. Yes, the cover and the band's 'shtick' have worn off over the years, but the songs on this album are really pure classic rock and roll. It's tough for a lot of people to acknowledge KISS actually put out good rock, but this is proof.
Iconic. After "Alive! " catapulted KISS to the top, "Destroyer" proved the accession wasn't a fluke. Bob Ezrin (the same producer for Pink Floyd's "The Wall," stretched KISS' song-writing and musicianship to new levels. The songs have stood the test of time, E.G. , "Detroit Rock City," "Beth," "Shout it Out Loud," "Do You Love Me," etc. An amazing musical experience!
Bob Dylan is the most influential rock and folk artist of all time. I cannot believe that he does not have a higher place in this rating. Tells me that something is not right with how this is being complied. This is an incredible album and had a great impact on my life it is not necessarily his best album.
Best Dylan Album
Sucks very mediocre...really ahead of so many great albums
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