Most Important Albums in Rock History


The Top Ten

1 Abbey Road - The Beatles

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").

Voted this album to overtake the offspring's smash as the number one on this list

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

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

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2 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

3 Smash - The Offspring

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!

The album that changed a punk rocker's life.

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

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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

One of the best-selling albums of all time!

Why is the offspring higher?

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 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The album that gave birth of the heavy metal genre!

12 Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
13 Seven Churches - Possessed
14 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.

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

Why isn't this album up any higher yet?


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15 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges
16 A Night at the Opera - Queen
17 Suffer - Bad Religion

Biggest step in the punk rock cene of USA.

18 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.

The album that changes Slash's life!

At least this album is in the top 20.

19 Stained Class - Judas Priest
20 The Doors - The Doors
21 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

22 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
23 Back in Black - AC/DC
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 London Calling - The Clash
29 Hotel California - Eagles

Their best-selling and most famous album!

30 Stone Roses - Stone Roses
31 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
32 Ok Computer - Radiohead
33 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

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

34 Alive! - Kiss
35 Dirt - Alice in Chains
36 Doolittle - Pixies
37 Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
38 Hunky Dory - David Bowie
39 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
40 Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
41 Ten - Pearl Jam
42 Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
43 Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
44 Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
45 The Stooges - The Stooges
46 Horses - Patti Smith
47 Revolver - The Beatles
48 White Light / White Heat - The Velvet Underground
49 Closer - Joy Division
50 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
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Top Remixes

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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