Best Comeback Albums Ever


The Top Ten

1 Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple

I wish system of a down releases a new album so that it could be on this list. - LightningStrike

The members have been getting into disputes with each other recently, so I seriously doubt that an album will come out, but I still love their work and hopefully they'll work together to release some new material in the future. - Catacorn

An awesome album of 1984 released after 9 years of silence. One of their best albums actually, if you ask me. Even the bonus tracks are amazing, esp. Son of Alerik. The album went platinum in the U.S. Ritchie Blackmore said that the song Perfect Strangers is his favorite Deep Purple song. - Metal_Treasure

Best come back
album ever!

2 13 - Black Sabbath

Released in 2013, it was the 1st album after Forbidden (1995). Whole 18 years!
Forbidden was a disappointment - as Tony Iommi himself stated, this album should be forbidden.
The album 13 was much better accepted, basically because it featured Ozzy after decades of absence. Nostalgia. The album sounded to me like a recycled material from their previous hits but I have to admit it was a very good summary of their earlier work. It's their final album because they disbanded. - Metal_Treasure

3 American Idiot - Green Day

This is one of the best albums ever - Legend1221

Not #1?

4 Dystopia - Megadeth

After a series of disappointing albums, released between 1994 and 2016, this album of 2016 was pretty good and eventually won Megadeth their first Metal Grammy. - Metal_Treasure

5 Blood of the Nations - Accept

An unbelievably powerful album from front to back. - Relixx599

After 14 years of silence from 1996-2010, Accept made a great come back. - Metal_Treasure

6 Brave New World - Iron Maiden

After this came the Book of Souls. In my opinion, one song on Book of Souls, Empire of the Clouds, is actually better than their 80s stuff (they were still masterpieces, mind you). - PhoenixAura81

The return of Bruce Dickinson after two albums with Blaze Bayley Iron Maiden fans were excited to finally have the Iron Maiden they know and love back - germshep24

7 Death Magnetic - Metallica

Great back to thrash album that showcases their amazing skill.

This album was a great comeback to the more thrash roots - germshep24

This album rules

Massive improvement over their previous album. I know that's not saying a lot because St. Anger was terrible, but still this was good. - truckturner

8 Stranger in Us All - Rainbow

After 12 years of silence (1983-1995), Rainbow released this pleasant album. Their final album. - Metal_Treasure

9 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica

This was a good continuation of their comeback album but it isn't a comeback album, for it to be a comeback album they would have had to had announced their retirement or had a split up to return - germshep24

If a band takes a break from making albums whether that is 3 or ten years their next album isn't automatically a comeback if it is over 10 years sure, especially when their last album before it was a good album and no the vanity album Lulu doesn't count as their album that is a Lou Reed album that happened to have Metallica providing the instrumentals and back up vocals - germshep24

This album is amazing and Spit Out the Bone is the best song of 2016. - PhoenixAura81

Spit out the bone!

10 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

The Contenders

11 The Next Day - David Bowie
12 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

First thing I thought of when I saw this list. After a 2-year period of the world hating him, and his world crashing down launching him into a state of deep depression, he focused that energy into creating the greatest album of all time. - TheParasiter

Monster, All Of The Lights (including the interlude), Lost In America, Power, Dark Fantasy and much MUCH more. What's not to like?

No, this album sucks. Ya can't argue with the facts. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

It isn't really a comeback album, and it's highly overrated. - DaWyteNight

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13 Kamikaze - Eminem

Sorry but we can't call it a comeback album because it technically isn't one. - ParasN2000

Should be at number 1

Can we call it a comeback album if it was just one bad album behind a return of the roots album, I would think MMLP 2 was his comeback album - germshep24

After the disappointing release of Revival this album really proved that Eminem is still going strong.Some even say it's as good as MMLP 2. - DarkBoi-X

14 Pump - Aerosmith
15 Monotheist - Celtic Frost

I was waiting for this to show up. Fantastic album and my favorite from this band. - cjWriter1997

From 1990 to 2006 they didn't release any albums (16 years). This album came out in 2006. - Metal_Treasure

16 Back in Black - AC/DC

Why is this considered a comeback album? It came out in 1980, their previous album in 1979. Two consecutive years. They didn't go anywhere. - Metal_Treasure

Surprised this isn't higher. - truckturner

17 Queensryche - Queensryche
18 You Won't Get What You Want - Daughters

After being disbanded for almost 8 years, Daughters return with a mighty fine album. - cjWriter1997

Should be number 1 - benstewart1805

19 Ironbound - Overkill
20 Dark Before Dawn - Breaking Benjamin

I'm shocked and insulted nobody put this on the list before me. The last album before this one was Dear Agony, which was released in 2009. This album was released in 2015. After Dear Agony, Benjamin Burnley (the singer) got ill and some members left, but they came back! This album should be #1 because not only it was released 6 years after the last one, but also because in my opinion, that was their best album of all!


21 Third - Portishead

11 years after their last album came out. - winterbreeze

22 Surgical Steel - Carcass
23 XI - Metal Church
24 Weezer (White Album) - Weezer
25 Worship Music - Anthrax
26 Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest
27 Tomorrow's Harvest - Boards of Canada
28 Black Gives Way to Blue - Alice in Chains
29 The Serenity of Suffering - Korn
30 Free Tempo - Tempo
31 Black Ice - AC/DC
32 The Year the Sun Died - Sanctuary
33 Heart - Heart

From the depths of their classic folky roots. Heart restorm the charts with a slick clean album. With the then sound of the 80s. Heart showed the new comers that the 70s artists where not past it. Such a great reinvention of a band that stills rocks great albums out over 30+ years later since this release. Christ, there should be a few Todd Rundgren albums up here too.

34 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

After a series of bad albums with a Black Sabbath (Sabotage, Technical Ecstacy, Never Say Die), Ozzy made a much needed move away from Black Sabbath with his solo career and it worked wonders make back to back wonderful albums this Diary of a Mad Man and Bark at the Moon - germshep24

35 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
36 Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith
37 Recovery - Eminem
38 Long Road Out of Eden - Eagles
39 Cypress Hill - Elephants on Acid

This Album Combines The Greatness Of Cypress Hill And 90's Beats.

Heck Yeah - cypresshillbiggestfan

40 Blackout - Britney Spears

Definitely a great comeback album!

41 Queen - Nicki Minaj

No - LightningStrike

42 The Magic Whip - Blur
43 Achtung Baby - U2
44 Bloodsports - Suede
45 You are the Quarry - Morrissey
46 Blood In, Blood Out - Exodus
47 The Formation of Damnation - Testament
48 Aerial - Kate Bush
49 Two Against Nature - Steely Dan
50 Stay Young Forever - Kyle Lai-Fatt
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple
2. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
3. Dystopia - Megadeth
1. Perfect Strangers - Deep Purple
2. 13 - Black Sabbath
3. Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica
1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
2. American Idiot - Green Day
3. The Next Day - David Bowie

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