Best The Rolling Stones Albums

The Top Ten
1 Let It Bleed Let It Bleed Product Image

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."

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 with true to their ...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.

Musically, Let it Bleed is easily one of the Rolling Stones' more powerful albums. With hits like Gimme Shelter, Let it Bleed, and You Can't Always Get What You Want, Let it Bleed is a rock and roll masterpiece, blending ballads, rock, and pop into one album.

2 Sticky Fingers Sticky Fingers Product Image

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!

This is their high water mark. It is gripping and brilliant from the first bar to the last. Few albums command this level of attention throughout (Ziggy Stardust, Led Zep II, ISB's Earthspan, Tommy, Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall, Focus 3, Abraxas & Cheap Thrills are a few that achieve the same). All of these albums display a staggering diversity and yet remain perfectly, complete and ultimately satidfying upon each listening.

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.

3 Exile on Main Street Exile on Main Street Product Image

#3? Exile on Main St. is awesome! It's the Stones at their grimiest and bluesiest, with too many great songs to count! Just listened to it today, and it might have dethroned Led Zeppelin IV as my all-time favorite record. There's a perfect blend of grit and catchiness which makes it badass while sticking in your head too. If LZ IV is the epitome of rock, this is the epitome of rock and roll.

I love Sticky Fingers and believe it is a more consistent album than EOMS. But Exile best represents the Stones and all they stood for when they were at the peak of their powers. For this reason, it is the best Stones album.

After their masterpiece, Exile on Main St. , we can pass up. Another album but this top 10 there is is December Children, which me is another album from revalue

There is a reason this album has been reevaluated and become for many the favourite, throughout it is buzzing with energy and you can just feel the excitement from the stones here, a lot here but all of it so good, even the deluxe album has some good tracks to offer
My order would be
Exile on Main Street
Sticky Fingers (includes my favourite track, Wild Horses)
Some Girls (again the deluxe has some great songs as well)
Beggars banquet
Let It Bleed (First album I bought)
Goats Head Soup
Tatto You
Only Rock and Roll
Bridge To Babylon (incredibly underrated)
Aftermath (I understand this is higher for some and I understand that this is a brilliant record it's just the older stuff, so before beggars banquet has less of an appeal to me)

4 Beggars Banquet Beggars Banquet Product Image

Love the whole tone of this album. Has some really underrated songs on it and every one has something that makes it different from the previous albums. My favourites are sympathy for the devil, dear doctor and prodigal son. Deserves to be at number 2.

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.

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!

Pure genius, Jigsaw one of their most underrated tracks, would put it at a level with Exile as an album.

5 Aftermath Aftermath Product Image

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

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

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

6 Some Girls Some Girls Product Image

Come on, this has to be Top 5. Too many good songs in this album. Miss You is so groovy, Shattered, Far Away Eyes, and Some Girls are all great songs, and Beast Of Burden is a classic.

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.

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

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

7 Tattoo You Tattoo You Product Image

Side one is incredible, but side two isn't quite as good.

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

Second half is classic stones...

One side okay, One side Blows.

8 Between the Buttons Between the Buttons Product Image

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

The first stones album I bought. I still enjoy listening to it today. Right up there with Exile and Sticky Fingers

9 Out of Our Heads Out of Our Heads Product Image

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

10 Goats Head Soup Goats Head Soup Product Image

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

Oh my God, thank you for this severely underrated funk-rock masterpiece! “Star Star” is my jam! I love those Steve McQueen and John Wayne references, as they’re HILARIOUS! Who knew that Steve McQueen was given...uh...hmm...how do I say this...uh...“HEAD” by a groupie? Mega OOF.

should be a bit higher, top 7 maybe. This was when the band was truly at the peak of their careers.

The Contenders
11 Their Satanic Majesties Request Their Satanic Majesties Request Product Image

Criticised as a parody of Sgt. Pepper, this album gone down in history as smugness being punished with a healthy slap on the face. Yet, this is by far the bravest record the Stones made and also a successful attempt to drugthe listener in psychedelic rockers. I think the only reason why people don't like it as much as other Stones' albums is its poor radio coverage.

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.

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

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

12 The Rolling Stones, Now! The Rolling Stones, Now! Product Image

This has to be their most underrated album. What the hell is it doing down here?

Should be Number One, because of Down the Road Apeice, but all the songs on this LP were great...

13 Black and Blue Black and Blue Product Image

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.

14 Emotional Rescue Emotional Rescue Product Image

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".

15 It's Only Rock 'N Roll It's Only Rock 'N Roll Product Image

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

Should be far higher than this perhaps 4 or 5 not 15th!

Why is this album so low! Amazing stuff.

Titule song best gitara ever.

16 A Bigger Bang A Bigger Bang Product Image
17 Steel Wheels Steel Wheels Product Image

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.

18 Voodoo Lounge Voodoo Lounge Product Image

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

19 Blue and Lonesome Blue and Lonesome Product Image

They finally got to make the album they wanted to make fifty years ago. It was worth the wait.

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

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21 Undercover Undercover Product Image

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

22 December's Children (And Everybody's) December's Children (And Everybody's) Product Image

Very underrated album. In my opinion, it's more consistent than Out Of Our Heads and Aftermath. With songs like As Tears Go By, Get Off My Cloud, and You Better Move On, how could it be this low?

Still covering Chess records classics! Best of the British Blues

23 Forty Licks Forty Licks Product Image
24 GRRR! GRRR! Product Image

Best Collection Album!

25 The Rolling Stones No. 2 - The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones No. 2 - The Rolling Stones Product Image

Better than its US counterparts 12x5 & Now!

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