Top Ten Classic Rock Albums of All Time

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21 Animals - Pink Floyd

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.

Headphones are a must :) If not, dogs in your house is always interesting during the song...

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22 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple

Great Later stuff by an ICONIC Band!

My introduction to Deep Purple. Still my favourite album.
Menacing, heavy, melodic, brooding, intelligent... Etc...

23 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

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 Beatles above this? Not a chance. Even my 13 year old daughter agrees with this. When it comes to rock, no one exemplifies the total package more than early Guns N' Roses. Period. This is the greatest ever made.

Get higher like Axl

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24 Revolver - The Beatles

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

Best Beatles album, best rock album, best album ever. - TheFrodo

Greatest album ever made

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25 The Doors - The Doors

My favorite album of all time. The End is the greatest song ever. It takes you on a poetic trance. Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain. Weird scenes in the gold mine. You can almost go into a meditation on those lines. Take the highway to the end of the night. Along with the amazing sounds of the Doors. The west is the best, and the doors are the best.

From acid rock, flamenco, opera, the blues, raga, and jazz woven into one by a jazz drummer, blues/flamenco guitarist, classical/ blues and psychedelic keyboardist, and legendary front man and poet The Doors is raw yet sleek dark, dangerous and enlightening at the same time. Simply the best.

Break on Through, Light My Fire, The End, End of The Night, Soul Kitchen, Crystal Ship, Twentieth Century Fox, Alabama Song, Back Door Man, I Looked At You, Take It As It Comes. This is Number One.

Why isn't it in top 5...
"Break on Through"
"Light my Fire"
"Take It As It Comes"
"Twentieth Century Fox"
"Alabama Song"
and pretty much everything else on this album is flawless...

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26 American Beauty - The Grateful Dead

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

27 Nevermind - Nirvana

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.

This obviously shouldn’t be number 1, but it’s just an amazinf album. This album, is almost the soundtrack of my life. But I have one question, how the hell is kurt cobain a genius? He killed himself... Dave grohl is the real genius

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28 Deja' Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young


29 Ok Computer - Radiohead

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...

Wow.. Should be ranked higher! Once a day, I listening these album.

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30 Alive - Kiss

One of the most powerful live albums ever recorded, play this album loud and you will feel like your really there.

Arguably the best live rock album!

31 Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones

Pure rock n roll!

32 Close to the Edge - Yes

Great prog rock album that should be higher on this list

It should be on the list. And You And I is a great song and so is Close To The Edge.

Best album in the top 40

Needs to be way higher.

33 Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones

The original bad boys at their songwriting best, with a few of the best rock songs of all time on the track list. Gimme Shelter and You Can't Always Get What You Want generally come to mind first, but the entire album is great.

One of the all time greatest. The songs on here have some of the best songwriting the Stones have ever done, as well as some of their most iconic songs. The key tracks on here include "Gimme Shelter", "Monkey Man" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

Top 3 of all time-defined what rock and roll is and will forever be timeless music.

Simply great rock.

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34 First Rays of the New Rising Sun - Jimi Hendrix

An album 95% finished when he died, that showed the new direction Jimi was heading. An excellent album.

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36 Hysteria - Def Leppard

7 hit singles on one album... This is definitely Leppard's equivalent to Michael Jacksons Thriller

37 Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ass kickin american rock n roll! CCR is up there in the MT. Rushmore of Rock Icons! Is number 10 on my list!

38 Pronounced Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd - Lynyrd Skynyrd

One of my top ten albums of all time

Should be top 10

Should be number 1. No questions about it

39 Highway To Hell - AC/DC

This is AC/DC at their finest. BIB is a close second however, HTH just rocks more

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40 Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek & the Dominos

Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, what else to say

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