Greatest Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums

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

My favourite album of all time

Funky, rocky, raw original genre busting (great stuff)!

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

2 Californication

the best

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

This album is garbage, crap production and it trades in their great funk rock sound for a boring alt/pop rock sound. - christangrant

I agree, the only songs I really like here are Parallel Universe and This Velvet Glove, and the singles are decent pop-rock songs. Every other song sounds like they just recorded them to make the album longer. - Alkadikce

Californication is when RHCP were in their prime

3 Stadium Arcadium

It has many beautiful songs on it. Just amazing what they did with this album.

This album is a cohesive journey through the sounds of RHCP, and musically it is a masterpiece. One of the best double albums post-2000 you'll ever hear. It is truly John Frusciante's mangum opus, and the album sees each member doing some of the most sophisticated work they've ever done. A must listen, and somehow underrated as it pertains to the RHCP discography.

28 songs of pure amazingness

So many great albums but this one will always top them all. Pretty much every song is amazing, which is impressive considering there's two discs and a good 25+ songs on it

4 By The Way

My number 1 RHCP album - unknown-soldier

Much better than Californiacation, just listen and vote

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

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

6 One Hot Minute

People should stop overlooking this album just because its not frusciante. So much diversity and every song is good.

Dave Navarro is so superior to Frusciante. He should have stayed in the band.

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.

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.

Josh is just as good as John now. Monarchy of Roses, Brendan's death song, Rain dance maggie, Happiness loves company and Even you Brutus? Are some of the bests.

8 Uplift Mofo Party Plan

I like #1 and #2 better, but damn this is n3! Really good

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.

9 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.

It's hard to believe this album is ranked low. I love this album.

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!

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.

The Contenders

11 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.

Why is this at # 9. It has the best songs by RHCP. It should #1. - RHCPfan

12 The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

This is a thousand times better than freaky styley, god damn. Freaky styley is their worst album by 300 miles, this one is just ok?

11. Freaky Styley (1/5)
10. The red hot chili peppers (3/5)
9. The getaway (3/5)
8. One hot minute (3.2/5)
7. I’m with you (wish it was higher) (4/5)
6. Mothers milk (4/5)
5. By the way (4/5)
4. Stadium Arcadium (4.2/5)
3. The uplift mofo party plan (4.5/5)
2. Californication (5/5)
1. Blood sex sugar magik (5/5)

pure funk

Eh not that bad they were just starting

Not their best work

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.

Best B-sides from them

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

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

17 Live In Hyde Park

The best live album of RHCP

18 The Plasma Shaft
19 Otherside
BAdd New Item