Top 10 Important Albums In Pop Music History

The Top Ten

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)

Best album of all time

I knew this was on here - bobbythebrony

2 Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (1956)

John Lennon said it best, "Before Elvis, there was nothing".

Fascinating topic; some clarification of what "important" means specificaly is required.

3 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys (1966)

A Quantum Leap in creativity, the distance of which has not been matched in 50 years [Hendrix was closest], even The Beatles were scrambling to catch up.

4 Revolver - The Beatles (1966)
5 Like a Virgin - Madonna (1984)
6 A Night at the Opera - Queen (1975)
7 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1977)
8 Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack - The Bee Gees and Various Artists (1977)
9 Spice - Spice Girls (1996)
10 The Fame - Lady Gaga (2008)

The Contenders

11 Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey (1990)
12 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
13 Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly is almost singularly responsible for forcing record labels to allow music artists to write, arrange, and produce their own songs. This change in operation was crucial to the rapid development and evolution of music. We miss him greatly.

14 Tapestry - Carole King (1971)

So cool to see Ms. King get her props, her superb writing skills were a given, but this album showed the world that she had total musicality.

15 Falling Into You - Celine Dion (1996)
16 Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (1985)
17 Come On Over - Shania Twain (1997)
18 Introducing the Beatles - The Beatles

It could be argued that the US version of this album, titled "Meet The Beatles" was more important, as it is the actual record that accompanied them across America, and triggered the American version of "Beatlemania". Either way, no "new" acts arrival before or since, not MJ, not JB, not 1D, not even the King [Elvis], nothing in the world of music has ever hit as hard as they did.

19 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
20 Rubber Soul - The Beatles
21 Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan
22 The Doors - The Doors
23 Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
24 Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

A travesty that this amazingly creative group is not in the rock and roll hall of fame.

25 The Concert for Bangladesh [1971] - Various Artists

The first large-scale charity event featuring rock's royalty, provided the blueprint that all later events would follow.

26 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
27 Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

Perry's "accomplishment" is meaningless and cheap. Shameful the way modern artists "mine" their albums for hit singles; going back time after time. The Beatles felt that doing this was cheating the fans, and never released as singles what would have been guaranteed #1's such as "A Day in the Life", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "In My Life", and "Michelle" even won the Grammy for Song of the Year, and they didn't release it. Led Zeppelin felt the same way, and never released "Stairway to Heaven" as a single.

It's the first female album to have five number one hits. It's iconic

28 Bad - Michael Jackson
29 We Belong - Pat Benatar
30 Stripped - Christina Aguilera (2002)
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