Greatest Red Hot Chili Peppers Album

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We love them all but which is your all time favorite album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

The Top Ten

1 Blood Sugar Sex Magik

This has more of a variety than Californication and is one of the greatest albums of all time. Everything from Breaking A girl to Suck My Kiss to Sir Psycho Sexy is on this phenomenal album. On 24th September 1991 this album and Nirvana's Nevermind were released. A wonderful day for music.

BSSM has the perfect mix of the mad funk energy and vitality of the early Chili's and the more melodic side of the band's personality.
One of the greatest albums of all time. Has it all. It's 74 minutes long and even the B sides they couldn't fit on are amazing. It's revolutionary "artistically heightened" music, coming from a place of infinite creativity, where the band where at the time.
John finds himself as the ultimate Chili Pepper's guitarist on this album.
Endlessly listenable

While Californication is a close second, the crown belongs to Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Arguably a sublimely creative and yet incredibly palpable album crossing various genres successfully, yet retaining the core Chili Pepper sound. Brilliant is an understatement.

This was a very tough one for me, and it looks like it is tough for the fan base as well as both this and Californication are at 17%. While Californication has my favorite songs (Californication, Otherside, Scar Tissue), along with some other really good songs (Around The World, Parallel Universe, Get On Top, and Road Trippin'), I could not give it the vote because the rest of the album just sucks.

BSSM, on the other hand, does not have a bad song on it, which is very impressive for a 17-track album. It also has standout tracks such as Give It Away, Under The Bridge, Suck My Kiss, and Breaking the Girl. I could list the other really good songs on this album, but that would just be every other one.

The only reason they don't play more of the songs on this album is because they are shadowed by Give It Away and Under the Bridge, and the Chili Peppers have a great selection of songs collected from their other albums.

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2 Californication

Oh man, this was a tough one... I couldn't choose between this and Stadium Arcadium... But I really did have to choose this one, mainly because it was the peak of John Frusciante's genius. This album was what made me LOVE the Red hot Chili peppers. Great Album... 9/10

Californication was not only a comeback album, but also a transitional album. Never before has the world seen a piece of work with such musical versatility, mixing the rock riffs and rapping from Kiedis of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Mother's Milk days with the beautiful melodious songs of By the Way, to make an amazingly all-around beautiful album.

Incredible album. I am a huge fan of the Chili Peppers. I love all of their albums so much. It was hard to vote as to which was the best album. But I had to choose Californication! From Around the World, Parallel Universe, Scar Tissue, Californication, and This Velvet Glove, this album had the best of the best from the Chili Peppers.

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3 Stadium Arcadium

Can't decide between carlifonication and stadium Arcadium... But I choose this because of my best song snow and wet sand

A better song then Wet Sand just ain't possible. Great album, great solo's, great Johnny! Must at least hear one of 'em songs a day.

best RHCP album due to side 1, especially in michigan, wet sand, c'mon girl, those rock

Amazing album. Soundtrack to my life

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4 By The Way

This and Stadium are my favorites but I had to choose By The Way. First of all, I think their song quality is most refined in this album. With songs like Venice Queen and Midnight they really reach their creative peak. On top of that they also get into some great funky grooves on On Mercury and Can't Stop. The perfect album really.

My favorite songs are Can't Stop, By The Way, The Zephyr song, Dosed, Venice Queen, and C****n. - RHCPfan

It is just the perfect album. Frusciante's riffs are just magical and blinding while Kiedis' vocals are more powerful than ever. Some songs are soft and beautiful (Dosed, The Zephyr Song) while others keep the funky aspects that that they are so well known for (Can't Stop, On Mercury). This album is just the pinnacle of their catalog. The perfect blend.

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5 Mother's Milk

Every RHCP album is different and that's what makes them a very unique and interesting band. I love all of them, but this is probably their best: it's got the ass kicking bass (Johnny kick a hole in the sky), the pounding drums (Higher Ground), heavy riffs (Good time boys), melodic guitar playing (Pretty little ditty), funky grooves (Subway to venus), Anthony's characteristic vocal style and sexual lyrics as usual.
And if you have the remastered, you get 2 awesome instrumentals, 2 live songs and 2 extended versions. What else can you ask for?

So much energy is displayed on this album. Contains some of the band's best funk material. Excellent riffing and the bass is at its finest.

The best Red Hot chili peppers album. Funky metal, metalish funk, whatever you want to call it this was the Red hot chili peppers. They had a sound they never had before and never duplicated ever again on this album

Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky. 'enough said.

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6 One Hot Minute

How was Californication a come back album? One hot Minute was awesome

The Greatest. No reason to hate it, just because the guitarist was not John Frusciante. All songs 'except "Pea" are great, there is nothing to say.

Red Hot Chilli Addiction - Probably a acquired taste but its a good funk metal album, from start to finish is gold

Underrated album Dave is arguably a better guitarist than John not better than Hillel though even Flea has a solo song in this album

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7 I'm With You

Monarchy of Roses; Brendan's Death Song; The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie; Look Around; and, of course, every other wonderful song on this surprisingly magnificent record. I don't know if I would call this their best, but it might just be my personal favorite: it's one of their freshest and energetic albums, hearkening back to the melody and soft beauty of 'By The Way' while also incorporating the minimalistic rock fervor of 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik', and a fair amount of boundary-pushing experimentalism works its way into the mix.

Essentially, this is a fantastic effort from a veteran rock band, proving that one of music's most creative, original, and successful bands is still in tip-top shape and creating truly great art. - JR302

This is a surprisingly excellent album, more than I actually thought it would be, especially with John Frusciante's second and now permanent departure. However, just like how Frusciante changed and, in my opinion, vastly improved the sound since Hillel Slovak's death, Josh Klinghoffer's positive influences can already be heard and, amazingly, admired on this album. While he's not technically "better" than Frusciante (I love Frusciante's complex, layered guitar playing), he is reinventing the RHCP sound with cleaner, sharper riffs, in his own way, evolving the band while still sounding fresh, yet comfortably familiar. If this is the beginning of a "new band" as Chad Smith calls it, then I'm really looking forward to what comes next.

Very impressive album considering the absence of John Fruciante. If you pick up this album expecting it to be like their other albums you will be disappointed because in this album we see the Red hot chilli peppers attempting to mould into the more mainstream rock genre and they do it effectively. This album seems to have a more emphasis on flea and catchy bass lines (hence the album art) and less emphasis on guitar (unlike the previous albums). This might be because the rest of the band may not be completely comfortable with Josh Klinghoffer as of yet and sadly we aren't also sadly having not many opportunities to properly head him however what there is of Josh is brilliant. I agree with Chad Smith that this is the start of a 'new band' and although this isn't their best album it is still my favourite.

Am I the only one who thinks even you Brutus IS SO LIT?!

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8 The Getaway

This album will definitely get higher on the list with time. Takes the fourth place on my list and has no bad songs in my opinion.

Not the best but certainly up there, their new vibe is more balanced here. The Getaway and Encore are great laid back songs, We Turn Red is an awesome funky song that's chorus is really one of their best. The Hunter is a cool psychedlic track and the lead single, Dark Necessities will be greatly remembered with Under The Bridge, Aeroplane, Californication, Can't Stop and Dani California.

I love it, Go robot it's something I never heard before, the Getaway style and bass riff is the highlight of the album and of course The Hunter sounds like the soundtrack of a movie. It's amazing. Nice come back!

Darn it's good!

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9 Uplift Mofo Party Plan

This album is pure musical genius, so raw and volatile. It just oozes recklessness and total disregard for following trends. Addictive hooks and bass lines, its hard not to hold this album on repeat. Its just pure gold.

Amazing album with fantastic funky songs... But their last with Hillel Slovak.R.I.P. one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

This album is amazing. It's so funky and energetic. It also has some of the most enjoyable material by the band. Killer cuts: Fight Like a Brave, Behind the Sun, and Backwoods.

Such an underappreciated album.

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10 Freaky Styley

Pure Classic! If you want to have the best improvisations of everything in your suitcase then this is it!

One of the most underrated gems of the early chili peppers catalog, "yertle the turtle" to "if you want me to stay" just make it a perfect album

The Brothers Cup is an amazing song, as is yertle the turtle. An often overlooked album because it the most funky out of any RHCP album by far.

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11 The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Eh not that bad they were just starting

Not their best work

Pure energy in the form of rocked out funk. Whoever doesn't appreciate this isn't a true fan.

Their only good album. Prove me wrong.

12 Red Hot Chili Peppers: Greatest Hits

This features a range of songs from all the bands' albums. From under the bridge (blood sugar sex magik) to by the way (by the way). It also features songs not found on any other album by RHCP such as soul to squeeze. A song such as soul to squeeze is another masterpiece by the band. From Flea's base bouncing the song along and Frusciante complementing Anthony's vocals it's no surprise it was very successful. It is the summary of the band that is chilli peppers and only the best songs. My whole teenage life is this album.

Good Album But I Bielieve is not really an album, its more than a do-over. They also should have waited for stadium arcadium.

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13 What Hits!?
14 I'm With You Sessions

The B sides are actually amazing. I think they are better than the "I'm with you" album. The lyrics and actual sound is amazing and powerful.

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15 Live In Hyde Park

The best live album of RHCP

16 Out in L.A.
17 Live at Slane Castle

All the songs played here are played with such passion and the perfect variety

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