Most Important Albums in Rock History


The Top Ten

1 Smash - The Offspring

Exactly how is this album much more important than "Abbey Road", "Led Zeppelin IV", "Dark Side Of The Moon", "Ramones" and other albums on this list?

Important because it helped relaunch the punk rock scene in the 90's.

Uh no.. a punk album from the early 90s is not more important than stuff that came before it - christangrant

One of the albums that brought punk to fame in '94!

2 Abbey Road - The Beatles

The Beatles are the most influential artists of all time. So why the hell is/was this #2 under The Offspring? Green Day relaunched punk more than The Offspring...

As much as I hate the Beatles they deserve to be higher than the Offspring...

The Offspring is #1 but this one's not? Ridiculous!

Supposedly, this was just about the beginning of the end of The Beatles. "Abbey Road" marked the last time all four members had recorded together in the studio (the next album "Let It Be" was released a year later, but includes mostly songs predating the recording sessions and existence of "Abbey Road").

3 In Rock - Deep Purple

I am a metalhead who likes fast metal subgenres and for this reason it's the most important album to me. - Metal_Treasure

4 Ramones - Ramones

First album to create the pure punk rock riffs. - zxm

One of the first punk albums to exist.

5 Chuck Berry is on Top - Chuck Berry

Is basically because of the song " Johnny B. Goode". - zxm

6 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
7 Led Zeppelin IV (Aka Zoso) - Led Zeppelin

Why is the offspring higher?

One of the best-selling albums of all time!

8 Welcome to Hell - Venom

Important because it was influential to a number of metal-associated genres such as death metal, black metal and thrash metal.

9 Rising - Rainbow

Ronnie James Dio was the voice of this album.

10 Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This album needs to be higher. Jimi combined guitar skill with aggressive, distorted tone in a way that hadn't really been seen in the mainstream before. Rock guitarists to this day still cite it as an important influence on their playing. - Gg2000

Includes one of his famous songs "Purple Haze"!

The Contenders

11 2112 - Rush


Obviously "2112" is an important album, not only because of the 20-minute epic title track, but it remains a big influence and inspiration on multiple genres, such as hard rock, metal, prog, alternative, just to name a few.

Why isn't this album up any higher yet?

This was the beginning of Rush's rise to infamy.

12 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The album that gave birth of the heavy metal genre!

13 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
14 Suffer - Bad Religion

Biggest step in the punk rock cene of USA.

15 Seven Churches - Possessed
16 Rocks - Aerosmith

Along with "Toys In The Attic", "Rocks" was one of the albums that broke Aerosmith into critical acclaim and popularity.

This album should be #1 instead of that Offspring album.

At least this album is in the top 20.

The album that changes Slash's life!

17 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Musician and producer Brian Eno famously stated that while the album (released in 1967) initially only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." Genres that were significantly informed by the album include art rock, punk, garage, grunge, shoegaze, gothic, indie, and most other forms of alternative music (thanks wikipedia). - Lotuscandy

18 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges
19 A Night at the Opera - Queen
20 Stained Class - Judas Priest
21 The Doors - The Doors
22 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
23 Back in Black - AC/DC

Best ever

24 The Smiths - The Smiths
25 Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Chili Peppers' breakthrough album

26 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
27 Who's Next - The Who
28 Doolittle - Pixies
29 Ok Computer - Radiohead
30 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

This was revolutionary, from the Album cover to the way the songs were made. This changed the scene of music. - Stalin

The category is "most important", so it is this, and no other. Period.
Categories like "best", most epic", or "my favorite" are totally separate.

31 London Calling - The Clash
32 Hotel California - Eagles

Their best-selling and most famous album!

33 Stone Roses - Stone Roses
34 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
35 Spiderland - Slint
36 Alive! - Kiss
37 Dirt - Alice in Chains
38 Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
39 Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
40 Hunky Dory - David Bowie
41 White Light / White Heat - The Velvet Underground

So original and ground braking but still beautiful

42 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
43 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
44 Ten - Pearl Jam
45 Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
46 Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
47 The Stooges - The Stooges
48 Horses - Patti Smith
49 Revolver - The Beatles
50 Closer - Joy Division
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Top Remixes (4)

1. In Rock - Deep Purple
2. Chuck Berry is on Top - Chuck Berry
3. Ramones - Ramones
1. Led Zeppelin IV (Aka Zoso) - Led Zeppelin
2. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
3. Abbey Road - The Beatles
1. In Rock - Deep Purple
2. Chuck Berry is on Top - Chuck Berry
3. Ramones - Ramones

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