Best The Rolling Stones Albums

The Top Ten

1 Let It Bleed

The top 5 on this list would be mine but not in the same order. Exile had resurged as the fashionable favorite, not just since it's re-release but for many years. Probably because it got unfairly judged by it's critics in it's time. But,.. come come now.. let's look back on rock'n roll history. Exile does not have any of the orignality or intensity that the top three had. Let it bleed, Beggars and Sticky fingers. Given the choice of one Stones record and it could be a double album, I'd choose HOT ROCKS or ROLLED GOLD any way. That said, "Shine a light" is one of my all time favorites and I do love the record. Some Girls has another flavor some Stones fans don't like, but for the time, from a 60's band, fu.. 'n great! Think about it. If the Stones had gone heavy, it would have been worse than a joke. They stayed true to their r'n b, rock 'n roll roots and fresh at the same time with a sense of humour, throwing in a bit of dico "Miss YOU" a great song!, a bit of punk ...more

Beggar's Banquet has some songs that, while great, aren't THAT good. I mean, I frigging LOVE songs like "Dear Doctor" "Factory Gril" etc. but they aren't songwriting masterpieces.

Sticky Fingers is very very very good, but it looks a bit too much like a collection of songs. I mean, after hearing the bluesy "Sway", you get the gorgeous "Wild Horses" and before you can get on with your emotions, you get "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'? ". I'm not saying the album hasn't got flow, because it flows just well, but... ehn...

Exile is a masterpiece, but the production makes it WAY too hard for me to listen to it without gettin' a Headache.

But this? This is one of my top favorite albums of all time. I could go ravin' on and on and on, but I'll let you look at the track list.

I recently set out to by my first album and came back with three, Simon and garfunkels bridge over troubled water, the velvet underground self titled and let it bleed by The Rolling Stones, the hardest choice for me easily was which Rolling Stones album to buy, they have several I hope to own in due time but having the option to buy only one I knew I had to be sure with my choice and in the end I feel I made a good decision, the album starts off with the energetic gimme shelter and is great track after track till it ends on an incredible high with you can't always get what you want

While Exile is considered by many to be an 18 song double album full of studs like "Rocks Off" and "Tumbiling Dice," it has its duds scattered throughout. Let it Bleed is a 9 song album full of 9 studs, the "worst" being "Love in Vain" or "Country Honk." The best include "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Some other studs include my favorite Keith song "You Got the Silver," my favorite Charlie drum part, "Monkey Man," the great bass line in "Live with Me," the lesser but still great "Midnight Rambler" (YaYa's Out has the best version), and the great title track, "Let it Bleed."

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2 Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers, in my opinion. Is by far the best album, not only due to having some of my all time favorite songs by The Rolling Stones, but also because it was a return to the proper blues rock which The Rolling Stones did. Albums such as Let it Bleed and Their Satanic Majestic Request were too similar to The Beatles, Sticky Fingers however, was and still is pure originality! Back to The Rolling Stones original ways!

My favorite of the stones. I love it because of classics like Brown Sugar, and Wild Horses, but also because of hidden gems like Sway, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, and it ends with Moonlight Mile, their most beautiful song, which I listen to a lot driving home at night

I personally think that Exile on Main Street is pretty overrated. That album contains too many fillers for my liking. But this on the other hand is a perfect rock 'n roll album. One of my top ten favourite albums of all-time.

This album is a masterpiece, pure and simple. It surpasses "Exile on Main Street" for me purely because it is shorter and sweeter, there is not a single filler track on the whole album. This is also the album where Mick Taylor: the Stones' best lead guitarist, shines the brightest. Just listen to his guitar work on Sway, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, You Gotta Move (slide guitar), Dead Flowers and Moonlight Mile. Add on three of The Rolling Stones' best tracks Brown Sugar, Wild Horses and Bitch, plus the nice bluesy jam I Got The Blues, and the largely forgotten classic Sister Morphine and you have The Rolling Stones at their best. Easily gets a 10/10 from me.

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3 Exile on Main Street

rocks off, rip this joint, tumblin' dice, sweet virginia, torn and frayed, loving cup, happy, let it loose, all down the line, shine a light. all these songs are pure perfection. the album is their best and I'm hooked on it.

It's the ultimate Stones album. By many it is considered the greatest rock n'roll album of all time.

I've been through there entire discography now and though none of there albums fall below good they only have five truly brilliant albums, they are in order of quality exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Some Girls, Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed

Obviously the best one. It’s the best double album ever, beats out The White Album, Tommy, and Blonde On Blonde. Name me one bad song on this album, I dare you, The best of the best are “Tumbling Dice,” “Rocks Off,” “Rip This Joint,” “Sweet Virginia,” “Loving Cup,” “Sweet Black Angel,” “Torn & Frayed,” and “All Down The Line.” That’s right, that’s how good this album is.

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4 Beggars Banquet

Every song is great. sympathy for the devil, jigsaw puzzle, street fighting man, stray cat blues, and salt of the earth are fantastic. The rest of the songs are great too. My fave album ever!

In my opinion the best album by the stones and one of the best albums all time!

Though the Stones are absolutely are absolutely one of the best ever bands ever, this is their only album which is perfect from the first to the last second. Let It Bleed is also good, but this is the Stones finest.

Another better of an album from the stones golden era.

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5 Aftermath

Mother's Little Helper, Paint It Black, Under My Thumb - TheGreatest

Under My Thumb, Paint It Black, and many more. Under My Thumb is my favorite Rolling Stones song.

This is an awesome album so much charisma songs like Under My Thumb, Paint It Black, Lady Jane, Doncha Bother Me are all great

Love this album, back to the 'stoner days'~trippindiculor~Awesome tunes*

6 Some Girls

Don't let anyone fool you to think this is a disco album. Granted, Miss You may be disco, but the rest of the songs are a great mix of super-energetic rockers (When the Whip Comes Down, Lies, Shattered) and beautiful ballads (Far Away Eyes, Beast of Burden). While Exile on Main St. Has its week spots, Some Girls is a consistant strong record.

Not the stones people were used to but great in its own write, there is so much energy in this album, a lot more up beat that many of there other albums, should be up there

From beginning to end, the album is a 70s masterpiece. It's controversial, it's rocking', and it sure as hell is a classic!

7 Tattoo You

This and Goats Head Soup is the best ones for me!

Second half is classic stones...

One side okay, One side Blows.

Start Me Up, Little T&A, Hang Fire, Waiting on a Friend. Enough said!

8 Goats Head Soup

Very underrated album.Angie, dancing with mister D, heartbreaker, winter and 100 years ago are graet tracks.

9 Between the Buttons

A fantastic album, it sees the Stones experimenting with as many different styles as possible while keeping consistent the whole way through. - CokeandSympathy

10 Out of Our Heads

Includes one of the greatest songs all time, "Satisfaction." Brian Jones and Keith have some great guitar riffs in "The Last Time." I love the harmonica Mick plays in "Spider and the Fly," which I think is an underrated blues song. As well as some slower songs "Play with Fire" and "Cry to Me" which Mick of course has really great vocals in. I think all the 60s albums when Brian was still with the band are very underrated and this is another. All these albums post-1969 ranked above just do not have that Brian Jones magic.

Should be in the top three

Should be in the top three

The Contenders

11 Their Satanic Majesties Request

Most experimental album they made, with great psychedelic songs like "in another land" and "2000 light years from home" and songs that touch me deep inside like "she's a rainbow". This album is just totally complete

I love all the albums, but none of them quite have the same sound as this one. Sure, you could call Between the Buttons psychedelic, but that record sounds very Beatlesque - not a bad thing, but it doesn't have the feeling that this one has, the depth.

Great album. 2000 Light Years From Home is one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs.

Exccelent Psychedelic album. Love the Beatles hidden at this cover!

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12 Black and Blue

The Stones get more black than blue (with a great help from Billy Preston and Ron Wood) and they sound fresh and new!

First album I owned.

13 Voodoo Lounge

Love this one,
A great comeback album, far better then the 3 that preceded it.

14 The Rolling Stones, Now!
15 A Bigger Bang
16 It's Only Rock 'N Roll

A great straight-forward no-bull rock n roll album. Gotta be higher than this

Why is this album so low! Amazing stuff.

17 GRRR!

Best Collection Album!

That's right!

18 Emotional Rescue

Not afforded the proper level of respect with some off the radar gems like "Indian Girl, Let Me Go, Send It To Me, and the great blues tune "Down In the Hole". Love the rheumy misogynistic Keith vocal on "All About You".

19 Forty Licks
20 Undercover

Most political album they made. And 100% 80's sound!

21 Blue and Lonesome

It's great that The Stones have gone back to their blues roots.. One of best albums from 2016

22 Steel Wheels

A band out of their time and place was how this album was viewed at the time. But listening to it now it comes across as a classic rock n roll album packed with all the riffs and emotions that made the stones great in the first place. List under underappreciated.

This Album changed my life.

23 Bridges to Babylon

This album is criminally underrated simply because of the albums around it in order of release, yes The Rolling Stones best work had already come by this point but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give this album a chance and immediately dismiss it, now I would not say this is my favourite but with songs like "already over me" "saint of me" and "always suffering" it's hard not to think people have unfairly looked at this album just because of some of its weaker predecessors

For me it is the most interesting Rolling Stones album.

what?

24 The Rolling Stones
25 The Brussels Affair

The band giving it their all - Mick Taylor and Keith's duelling guitars, Jagger almost exhausted at the end - sublime songs. A bit rough at the edges here and there but the real deal - light years away from slick stadium rock and all the better for it.

26 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

Can't believe this wasn't already included. If this isn't the greatest live album of all time, it's a close second to The Who's Live At Leeds.

27 The Rolling Stones No. 2 - The Rolling Stones

Better than its US counterparts 12x5 & Now!

The Best

28 The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers)
29 12 x 5
30 Hot Rocks 1964-1971

The best introduction to the classic stones. An absolute must no record collection is complete without it.

31 December's Children (And Everybody's)

Still covering Chess records classics! Best of the British Blues

32 Dirty Work

Ok first of no this isn't my favourite album but is it anyone's? However I do actually like this record, truthfully I don't think any of the stones records are bad they simply range from good to exceptional and though this one is at the latter end its still a good album and there are things you have to commend it for, it does a good job of blending punk and disco which no other album really has and at least you can say this is an interesting listen unlike undercover which in my opinion is worse again not a bad album but the stones worse I think

33 The Very Best Of The Rolling Stones 1964

The best of The Rolling Stones best music. Obviously the best album! :-)

34 Jamming with Edward
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