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
This album is unmatched in lyrical depth, musical excellence, imaginative instrumental innovation coupled with timeless relevance of its narrative. I know that ranking albums is a matter of personal taste. But I suspect that Dark Side of the Moon will be studied 500 years from now as Shakespeare's finest masterpieces are researched today. It is peerless from that perspective, a clear # 1 in my book.
The greatest piece of music ever written and recorded... the peak of rock
While this is in my top 10 I don't see it as the best and most influential album of all time
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
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. - ThatDudeRoss
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
You can't beat this album with great songs like Lucy in the sky with diamonds a day in the life
If you didn't listen to this you have nothing to say about rock music!
This album is as good today as it was 52 years ago. Wow, 52 years ago, I remember buying this album. It is still the best album ever recorded.
Beatles music is much more elaborate, has a special sound and it's not common.
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.
This album is one of the MOST iconic in rock history. The fact that most of the songs connect between each other and still sound good alone is awesome. Also, it tells an obvious and clear story, but a second on if you look deeper in.
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.
Remember this band from when I was a kid and I always thought a band from the other side of the world that made it popular in Canada and worldwide and I seen him 2 times and concert they're amazing and they keep on rocking with other bands fade away after many years
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.
This album is seriously the best of this band songs like tom sawer limelight and more songs that are so good.
Rush North America's best Been Around by far they are amazing bands to see live and they are totally awesome
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
Black Sabbath are very underrated. They are equally the best band of all time alongside band such as Zeppelin, Beatles etc.
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
Songs and riffs on this album are known by almost everyone, even if they don't know who wrote it!
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) - ThatDudeRoss
This album is a masterpiece. This album is Like a greatest hits album it's so great - Sabbath
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.
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.
Couple of good songs but I never really thought it was that great. Overrated.
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.
This album is simply better than any other album on this list, for sure! A Night At The Opera is definitely the most iconic rock album ever, no doubt! I don't get why this one is so low on the list!
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
This album contains the best vocals of all time, the best vocal harmonies, the best sounding guitar and greatest rock song ever written- Bohemiam Rhapsody- by the greatest front man the world has witnessed!
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.
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. - ThatDudeRoss
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
This is the first album that really made me a rock aficionado. After listening to this album, I had to explore music that was like this. The music scene in the 60's and 70's was constantly exploding with albums that were masterpieces, and this is one of them.
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!
Best Rock Album Ever. No Question. Stop right here.
Greatest debut album of all time and a true classic rock masterpiece
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
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 dreams
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
Probably if not definitely the best beatles album, it may not have some of the best known songs, but who gives as it is a bloody great album
Axle Rose is 2nd most talented vocalist on this list after Freddie Mercury. This is an album that influenced a generation. Songs you can proper rock out to with some of the most indentifiable riffs. How is this so low down!
Guns N' Roses released this album in 1987 and just brought back sex, drugs and rock n' roll back to the music scene. Definitely deserves top 5 or even top 3 number 1 in my opinion I am just a young kid but I know my music facts and right from the getco I've loved this album and just recently bought the CD Every song on this album is simply spectacular including the following Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City, It's So Easy, Out Ta Get Me etc. But, To conclude it all this album influenced more than any other album has and is just perfect, perfect.
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.
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.
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.
Four out of ten charting album are deep purple, and even one in the top three. crazy stuff. This album is simply a Hard Rock poster
Deserves a top 10 ranking all time for creativity, influence and quality. This album redefined an era and is the personal soundtrack to my life.
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...
Best live album ever
This and Live At Leeds by The Who are two of the greatest live recordings ever!
Best live album ever! Enough said!
Listen to this and you won't bother with the studio versions any more
GREAT BAND AND SONG-BUT ANGUS YOUNG WAS AC/DC
Not as long winded and overly experimental as Dark Side of the moon,Not as overblown as The Wall.It showcases the best of all the members of the band and even people who were not members of the band.A masterpiece for those who know.
The most touching and personal Pink Floyd album. Maybe not the best but definitely my favorite.
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
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
Great Later stuff by an ICONIC Band!
My introduction to Deep Purple. Still my favourite album.
Menacing, heavy, melodic, brooding, intelligent... Etc...
Awesome sound great songs
Top Ten all-time album. No question
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.
One of the best and original albums ever made
Great album at least top 5
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!
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.
Pink Floyd would have existed without this album, but Queen probably wouldn't have.
This is better then Back In Black and every other album on this list (Other than the Queen ones)
This is AC/DC at their finest. BIB is a close second however, HTH just rocks more
Bon Scott is the greatest - ACDC-
Some of the most iconic rock songs in a single album, making it one of the best albums ever. Should be in the top with Pink Floyd. Mark Knopfler, the Genius.
It should be at least top 15. this list is fraud
Easily top 5 album what
An album 95% finished when he died, that showed the new direction Jimi was heading. An excellent album.
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.
Some people say this is the best album. Who's running the show? This probably the best album I had ever listened to.
The Best American Rock Band for sure.
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'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?
Best rock album of all time.
Woah woah woah, why is this 42? Easy top 5, every single song in here is absolutely phenomenal
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!
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.
Pure Greatness should be higher.
Alright, everyone has an opinion on the Doors, however this ablum is pure Rock N Roll. From songs like L.A. Woman (the best roadtrip song) The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat), Love Her Madly and Riders on the Storm (need I say more)? The whole ablum itself puts off a great bluesy rock feel. The band worked very well together recording the ablum. Jim Morrison was excellent on vocals, Ray Manzarek killed it on the keyboard and Robby Krieger had some catchy riffs. You can tell the band really enjoyed their time recording and all around a fun lisen. As the last ablum the Doors ever put out and the band as a whole never able to perform live it's a shame. When you get to the end of the ablum Riders on Storm will have you feeling eerie. The last song and last ablum from the Doors I must say this is a great one and should be higher on this list.
Why is this hear
This album rocks from beginning to end.
Should be in top 20
I agree. should be on this list and definitely not this high.
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
Great album. Underrated. Really a jazz album.
Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, what else to say
The best guitar-playing duets ever.
Top 3 easily
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!
Just listen to this record and you will agree best Beatles album ever!
Sorry,in my opinion this album doesn't come close to the other albums on this list.It's a good album but,come on!
Sucks very mediocre...really ahead of so many great albums
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