Top 10 Best Albums of All TimeIf you're a music lover, you know that a great album can be more than just a collection of songs - it can be a transformative experience that stays with you long after the final track. Throughout the history of music, there have been countless albums that have pushed boundaries, broken records, and become cultural touchstones. From classic rock to hip-hop to pop, this list features the greatest albums of all time that have not only stood the test of time but also continue to inspire new generations of music fans.
This deserves number one. Best album EVER. Production is unmatched, and the songs literally speak their meanings. Songs about things like Money, Time, etc. You can sit down and listen, or you can take time and really focus on the musicianship. Unmatched perfection. The songs blend seamlessly into one another, and each member's parts are some of their best performances ever. Best. Album. Ever.
Easily my favorite album of all time, no matter how cliché it is. It has such a simple theme about life, death, war, time, and money, but it's surprisingly effective in its simple lyrics. Life may look long on paper but goes by fast when you experience it. That same rule definitely applies when you listen to this masterpiece. Every track feels unique and distinct from each other. Fifty years later, and this album still stands the test of time. My top tracks would be: 1. Us and Them, 2. Time, 3. Money, 4. Brain Damage, 5. Eclipse.
Sgt. Pepper made an artistic statement in music that was NEVER considered art before. Language, fashion, artistic awareness, and MUSIC ITSELF changed dramatically after its release! Sgt. Pepper was a McCartney concept whereby The Beatles took on an alter persona. This, in McCartney's mind, would "free" them from any/all "molds" created by the band prior, lending a unique objectivity and experimentation to their process. The result WAS and REMAINS a landmark MASTERPIECE! The FIRST true "concept" album for sure! Of course, the production, performances, and COMPOSITIONS were WAY BEYOND "state of the art"! Beautiful, creative, melodic, defiant, edgy, and GROUND BREAKING! How The Beatles "love to turn you on"!...
Funny side note: did you know that Meter Maids were NEVER called Meter Maids until "Lovely Rita"?... Did you know that on the "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" recording tape was actually CUT and randomly put back together to create the beautifully chaotic organ sweeps? (no synths... Just their imaginations with some help from George Martin/Producer)... Did you know that "A Day In The Life" started out as 2 separate songs and that during the HUGE climax the FULL orchestra was directed by McCartney to "just play what you feel"? Did you know that "Penny Lane" AND "Strawberry Fields Forever" were BOTH recorded with intentions of being on Sgt. Pepper! The record company was pressuring The Beatles for a FAST release, so they released "Penny" and "Strawberry" early to appease the record label! WOW... Must be nice to have the confidence to omit THOSE 2 TRACKS! Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is BRILLIANT on so MANY levels... Dim the lights, grab some headphones, and "sit back and let the evening GO"!
This is the greatest album I have ever heard. The Beatles are the greatest band of all time, and this is the perfect way to close their career. There are so many great songs on this album. The opening, Come Together, is one of the greatest album openers of all time. Something is easily one of the Beatles' best songs. I Want You (She's So Heavy) is the most underrated Beatles song, and is one of the most underrated songs of all time. Here Comes The Sun is one of George Harrison's best songs. The Abbey Road medley is so iconic. Golden Slumbers has one of Paul's best vocal performances. The final song on the album, The End, ends the album perfectly with a great guitar riff, and one of the greatest lyrics of all time (And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make). The Beatles couldn't have ended their career more perfectly. This album beats Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's as my favorite album of all time.
I don't think anyone thought that one of the greatest bands ever assembled would consist of a Screaming Banshee, an American Revolution Pirate War hero, a drummer who plays like how a seizure feels, and a guitar-playing Dr. Frankenstein. Well, that's what we got. To keep this short, this album simply provides the most energetic of rock and roll, the most intricate and delicate of finger-style guitar and ballad, topped off with the most well-written, emotional track ever mixed, that to me should be deemed the theme song of the human race.
Led Zeppelin IV is, was, and will always be a timeless masterpiece. It set a standard for rock music that has never been equaled or surpassed. The album had a genius marketing campaign: it has no official pronounceable title, and the band or label name was not printed on the cover. Only the song listing, mysterious pictures of an old hermit, and the lyrics for "Stairway to Heaven" were included, signifying that names don't matter, only the music. The production quality is crystal clear, and even Led Zeppelin themselves couldn't replicate this sound afterward. Every song on the album is a masterpiece, although the second side is often overlooked. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time and ranks as the third best-selling album in the USA. If this album doesn't rank as the best or at least one of the top ten, I seriously question the musical taste of the people here.
Doctor Robert, She Said She Said, and For No One are all easily some of the most underrated songs ever written. The vocals just flow authentically on every song, whether it's John, Paul, George, or Ringo on the mic. I could listen to every track for hours, and the guitar tones, in my opinion, are simply unmatched.
Definitely better than Sgt. Pepper's, it's three great songs and three good songs against six great songs and eight good songs. Abbey Road, Led Zeppelin IV, and The Dark Side of the Moon are all good, but they are less consistently good. Nevermind and OK Computer are very good, but again, they have some weak songs. Thriller has lots of great pop songs, but it's a bit generic and overrated. Rubber Soul and Rumours should be higher as they are also amazing, just not quite as good. London Calling, Who's Next, Paranoid, The Wall, and Pet Sounds are also very good. In my opinion, Doolittle, Ziggy Stardust, In Rainbows, Plastic Ono Band, and Bringing It All Back Home should be in the top 20, all far better than Sgt. Pepper's and Thriller. However, Revolver and Rubber Soul should be the top two definitely.
What can I say? While it may not be the greatest album ever (belonging to Dark Side) and may not be the best Floyd album (that would be Dark Side), it is still a masterfully crafted album that resonates even today. From some of Floyd's biggest hits like "Another Brick in the Wall" to Gilmour's greatest solos like "Comfortably Numb" to beautiful compositions like "Mother," this album hits hard. While these songs can be listened to time and time again, the best way to experience them is with a full-album playthrough. The songs blend seamlessly into each other, and you can hardly tell when one turns to another. Perhaps the most underrated song on The Wall would be "Is There Anybody Out There?" That song never fails to give me a chill down the spine.
Why is this album the best album ever released? As a musician myself, it has taught me that music isn't just lyrics pieced together with a guitar or keyboard; it's something that can be shaped and shifted in so many different ways. The Wall is not just an album; it's a story, or perhaps an autobiography that was shifted to make the plot more desirable. Roger Waters wrote this when he was struggling with his fame, so it was him who built the wall inside his head, not Pink. The only difference is that Roger didn't go insane; it was Syd. Roger said in an interview that The Wall was 75% him, 15% Syd, and 5% any other artist. The only album that can be compared to The Wall is The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. Enough said.
The greatest of all time in my opinion. Every song is, at the very least, great. They all have a unique feel to them, conveying emotions like I have never heard in any album ever. Of course, this album concludes with Bohemian Rhapsody, a song that conveys every feeling in just under 6 minutes. While, of course, I love Thriller, Purple Rain, Sheer Heart Attack, and The Wall, I believe this is by far the best one and has yet to be topped.
Queen's best album by far, and my favorite album of all time is Sheer Heart Attack. It's another great album that deserves a spot in the top 15. It marked the beginning of the classic Queen sound. But then came this creatively kick-ass album that blew everything out of the water. Bohemian Rhapsody, 39, Prophet's Song, I'm in Love With My Car, Death on Two Legs, and who could forget Love of My Life? Another hit, You're My Best Friend, was actually written by John Deacon, the bassist, and in my opinion, it's one of the best love songs ever. This album should be in the top 5.
The polish and expert musicianship on this album, especially in the drumming, is ridiculous. It's hard not to get the landfill of catchy melodies and unforgettable lines not stuck in your head. The album's willingness to touch on such sensitive topics for its time should also be admired.
American Idiot came out at a time when people were afraid to speak out due to 9/11. Green Day didn't care about what people were and weren't supposed to say; they released the album filled with rage and disappointment about America and its politics anyway.
The storyline throughout the whole album is appealing to the youth, as everybody can find something to identify with. And with a mix of angry rock songs like "American Idiot" and emotional ballads like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends," I don't see how this can't be considered the greatest album of all time.
Even though it's almost six years since it first came out, it is still current with an ongoing Broadway play.
That, for me, makes American Idiot the obvious choice on this list.
I've been searching for best songs ever made lately, and I was terribly disappointed to see that on so many lists there is no Michael Jackson! This is outrageous! One of the best pop singers in the world deserves more than that. This is the man that made a dancing and singing revolution, a man who was years ahead of his time, a man who amazed the world with his voice, performance, songs... This man was and always will be a GENIUS! He deserves to be number 1.
This is maybe better than the album Bad. Thriller is unreal, something that no one can reach except Michael Jackson, simply the God of Music. In the top 10 list of the best albums of all time, I honestly put my classification in this way: 1. Bad, 2. Thriller, 3. Dangerous, 4. History, 5. Invincible, 6. Off the Wall, 7. Blood on the Dance Floor, and finally 8. Michael, which is also a great album. Believe in me, I didn't include Number Ones, The Essential Michael Jackson, King of Pop, which are also amazing!
"Nevermind" should be number one. All of "Nevermind's" songs are really good, besides "Endless Nameless". Nirvana's my second favorite band (Queen's my favorite). My favorite album by Queen is "A Night at the Opera" – a great album! It's one of my favorite albums, but there are two songs on there that I really love: "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "You're My Best Friend". There are like three other songs that are really good, and the rest of the songs are good. However, most of my favorite songs by Queen are from different albums. And most of my favorite songs by Nirvana are from "Nevermind", so I think it should be number one.
"In Utero" is way superior, but Jesus, "Nevermind" is generation-defining. It is an album that just echoes, "What? What's up with that baby? What the hell did I just listen to? It was so good." And personally, that's fine. Here's a number from Nirvana's "Nevermind," by the numbers: 253 - the total number of weeks "Nevermind" spent on the Billboard Top 200. 253 weeks! That is practically 5 years! Even after Kurt Cobain died, it was still on there for 2 years! "Nevermind" is resounding. "Nevermind" broke all rules. "Nevermind" is legendary.
"In Utero" is my preference though.
This album is too good for words. The themes are complex and really perceptive about modern society, and the entire album fits together to convey a greater meaning. It has been praised by many critics to be the best album of all time. The fact that it is not even in the top ten is just shocking. Unfortunately, Radiohead is not very mainstream, therefore ending up getting underrated on a list called "Best Albums of All Time," but critics clearly think otherwise, and the band receives the credit they deserve. Naturally, Pink Floyd and The Beatles were always going to dominate this list, with OK Computer being a more modern take among them, but I still believe it should be higher up, at least within the top ten.
PS: Kid A should also be higher up, but OK Computer is still superior.
This is the best album of all time. Simple. Its overarching concepts, melancholy tone, powerful atmosphere, and undeniable influence on the music world make it my personal favorite musical masterpiece.
Nirvana has the most inauthentic fans ever. "Nevermind" has one song that most people know, and you're probably already familiar with it: "Smells Like Teen Spirit." However, this album contains numerous classics and excellent music. Many songs from this album are well-known, such as "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Ride The Lightning," and "Fade To Black" - all of which are masterpieces. I'm not saying Nirvana and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are bad; they're simply overrated and primarily recognized for one song. Metallica, on the other hand, is also overrated, I must admit. However, they are renowned for their numerous songs and albums. Just like with Nirvana, there are also fake Metallica fans. But if you're a genuine fan, you'd recognize that Metallica has written an abundance of great pieces.
There isn't a song with a more epic ending than Call of Ktulu. And this is coming from a lover of Octavarium, 6DoIT, The Odyssey, Divine Wing of Tragedy, Echoes, Atom Heart Mother, Karn Evil 9, Tarkus, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Close to The Edge, Fly From Here, Awaken, TRSoG, Topographic Oceans, Dance of The Dead, Hallowed be Thy Name, Fear of The Dark, Glass Prison, Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Creeping Death, One, Fade to Black, Blinding Light Show/Moonchild, etc. Also, my favorite Metallica album.
This album is timeless. Even while a bunch of music from the era becomes incredibly dated with all the flower power and peace, love, and acid nonsense, this album is so pure, honest, and beautiful. The lyrics are so relatable; you'd have to be a damn robot to not understand where Brian and Tony Asher were coming from. The harmonies are almost too perfect. I can, and have, listened to this recording acapella so many times because it literally feels as if this was recorded in heaven by angels. Every time I listen to it, it's as if I'm getting a little sneak peek of heaven. Otherworldly. And I haven't even mentioned the brilliant arrangements by Brian and the Wrecking Crew. Honestly, if you can make it past track 2 with your head intact, mouth closed, and eyes dried, then you simply haven't been listening.
Ah, well, this just shows the intelligence and wit of the people who vote on this list. I don't really know what I was expecting, though. Without this album, you wouldn't have ANY of the albums listed above it, including Sgt. Pepper, and excluding Revolver by the Beatles. (If I'm correct, Revolver inspired Pet Sounds.) In order to truly comprehend the meaning behind this album, you have to know music history and the context. I mean, putting "Thriller," Queen, or Radiohead in the top ten is ridiculous, especially when it's above Pet Sounds. This album changed EVERYTHING. If it were released today, it would still be groundbreaking. As a huge Beatles fan myself, I can say no band/artist holds a candle to the genius and creativity of Brian Wilson.
Battery - Old school thrash at its finest.
Master Of Puppets - Best title track of an album ever.
The Thing That Should Not Be - Well worked.
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Sanitarium has become one of my favorite words!
Disposable Heroes - Amazing intro, sticks in your head.
Leper Messiah - Only song I actually haven't listened to off Master.
Orion - Two words: Cliff Burton.
Damage Inc. - Nice closing track.
Overall - Great album. Definitely best metal album.
Master of Puppets is a masterpiece. All the songs from Master of Puppets combine Metallica's great ideas. All the songs from Master of Puppets have great riffs, solos, and, most importantly, bass riffs and solos by Cliff Burton. In my opinion, the best song from Master of Puppets is Orion. This song is one of the best instrumentals in history.
Come on, this album inspired many metal musicians. This album is awesome and it deserves a much higher spot. This is the greatest album ever made, with lyrics that told us the dangers of drug use. It received rave reviews from critics and it's the first thrash metal album to be certified platinum.
Wish You Were Here this low? It has Pink Floyd's second-best song in my opinion (Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts. 1-9). Great synthesizers and guitar playing on Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Welcome to the Machine also has amazing synthesizers. Have a Cigar is one of their best songs lyrically, in my opinion, and Wish You Were Here is my third favorite Pink Floyd song. The emotion in Wish You Were Here (song) and that simple but memorable guitar riff from Gilmour is tear-jerking stuff.
I like Dark Side, but it's gonna take more than a few sound effects, chiming clocks, and an annoying woman to amaze me. Wish You Were Here is a much more fulfilling album song-wise. One of the few albums like Boston where you have heard every single song on the radio at some time. Dark Side was PF's make or break album where they weren't really sure where they were going, and WYWH was where they had the confidence musically and lyrically to know what they were giving the world.
Meteora is legendary. I'm not a fan of Linkin Park, but some people say old music is better and the classics are the best. They're wrong. In my personal opinion, Meteora is a lot better than a lot of the stuff in front of it. Linkin Park itself needs as much attention as Nirvana (who were completely garbage). Every song in this album is great, but in Nevermind, the only reason they could sell out of it was Smells Like Teen Spirit.
This album is the best achievement in psychology, in my opinion. It helped me to get rid of depression originating from the very beginning of my life. I also love the set of songs from it that became popular.
This album is amazing, better than their first one. Songs like Faint, Numb, and Breaking the Habit make this album my favorite. But if I had to pick a second, it would either be American Idiot by Green Day or Pink Floyd: The Wall.
I grew up with the Beatles as a kid, and now I measure every band's work to see if it's up to the standards set by the greatest band ever. This band, Radiohead, has so far come very close to the superior talent level that it takes to be one of the best ever.
It took me some time to truly understand how complex and special Kid A is, and now it is one of my favorite albums in my entire music collection. I have all the albums in your top ten, except for Thriller.
By the way, their new album, "Moon Shaped Pool," is amazing.
This band seems to be getting better as they age.
I hate to be "that guy," but this seriously deserves a higher spot than it is at. I personally believe this deserves a higher spot than OK Computer. This album is both accessible and complex at the same time, giving it a perfect edge. OK Computer is a bit too much on the accessible side, which is its only downfall. On this album, we see Radiohead using electronics to their advantage and somehow creating an abrasive yet polished-sounding album. Yes, it may be quite funny that the opener sounds as if Thom is chanting, "Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon," but when it comes down to it, this album is an iconic album that will be forever remembered.
Now I am not the most experienced musician. I'm only 13 years old. But one thing I have no doubt about is that this album is the greatest album of all time. In my opinion, the best music is raw and unchained. If you look up 'unchained' in the dictionary, you will be met with Appetite's cover art. Each track makes it clear that Axl shows no restraint in his apathy for society or his sincere love for other topics. And no, Slash is not overrated. He's a guitar god. End of story.
The best album of all time with no bad or even mediocre songs. Brilliant singing and music throughout, the debut album that sold the most copies in history! Had Guns N' Roses stayed together in the original lineup, they would undoubtedly be the greatest band of all time. Still, they are to me. Nirvana in No. 10? Don't make me laugh!
Pretty much my top five favorite songs of all time are all off this album! Not a single filler song. I could listen to it over and over all day long. Greatest debut album of all time, and it contains at least three songs which belong on a list of the top ten rock songs of all time. Oh, and Slash is a god.
Honestly, I think Revolver is overrated. This album is more consistent. All the way through, it's brilliant. Drive My Car is a great opening song with a groovy bassline. Norwegian Wood has some great fingerpicking from John Lennon. Nowhere Man is my favorite song in the whole album. The harmonies are great, and so are the lyrics. In My Life is an absolute classic. It's so beautiful. I particularly love the piano solo in the middle. I'm Looking Through You is another great song. There's even more to this album, but you get the point.
This album is certainly superior to Sgt. Pepper's (which is basically an early Wings album with a couple of Lennon songs thrown in). The album has a very Dylanesque sound to it when it comes to lyrics, especially with the Lennon compositions, which are leaps and bounds better than McCartney's. This album also features one of my favorite Beatles songs: Nowhere Man, which is lyrically and musically brilliant.
Black Sabbath will always be my number one. From their first album throughout their performances in concerts until their first breakup, their stack of records was always playing on the turntable at home after school. There is no other sound like Tony Iommi has that will ever be reproduced. I still, from time to time, go back through each song in order on each album. This album was special with the Iron Man song, Paranoid, and War Pigs. It's funny how certain songs find their way into movies and other soundtracks of movies. Even though they have more or less retired from working or producing, their work will live in infamy forever.
There are so many great albums. It makes me very happy to see Led Zeppelin IV at the top, but come on! Not only is there not a single song on here that is less than amazing, but so many of these songs have shaped music history. The songs on this album are as follows: "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Planet Caravan," "Iron Man," "Electric Funeral," "Sweet Leaf," and "Fairies Wear Boots." These first five are some of the most recognized songs ever. Essentially, this is the best Black Sabbath album, and if that's true, then this can easily be viewed as one of the top three albums.
This album brings back such bittersweet memories. While I can't say I'm too proud of some of its fans, My Chemical Romance is my favorite band, and I'm typing this in 2015, two years after their breakup. This album is a masterpiece. The lyrics, the instrumentation, just the feeling you get from listening to it - it's beautiful. There's one song in the whole album that I'm not crazy about (House of Wolves). Pretty much all the songs are packed with raw, real emotion, and that's not something that can be said of the vast majority of albums out there. I am Yucca Sherbert (sorry if that doesn't make sense), and this is my favorite album of all time.
This album is nothing short of beautiful. The raw energy of some songs, like "Dead!" and "Welcome to the Black Parade," is polar opposite to the held-down and somewhat brooding sounds of "Disenchanted" and "Sleep." This album has stood the test of time, with a deep storyline following a cancer patient as he recollects on his life as he nears the end of it. Even though its original listeners are grown now, everyone still gets those times when they feel they want to look back on their own pasts, and this album is inspiring the next generation as well. The lyrics are deep, introspective, and tell a dark and beautiful tale that none will ever forget.
As a Pink Floyd fan, I'm happy to see that both DSOTM and The Wall are included in the top 10. However, I'm very disappointed to find Animals so far down on the list. I strongly believe that this album is severely underrated. This is personally my favorite Pink Floyd album.
The combination of Roger Waters's straightforward, no-nonsense lyrics about politics, society, and censorship, along with the incredibly creative and progressive music by the rest of the group, make this a perfect album. There is simply nothing else like it. If you've never listened to it, I strongly recommend that you do.
I really love this album. Dark Side of the Moon rightfully takes the number 1 spot, but Animals deserves to be in the top 20, at least in my opinion. Dogs is one of Pink Floyd's greatest songs, featuring amazing vocals and guitar from Gilmour. It is the standout song on this album, but Sheep and Pigs are also great. The overall message of this album really enhances the experience as well.
I grew up listening to this album. I know Linkin Park gets associated with the angsty teenager phase all the time, but that joke is getting old. Listen to the songs again, and you'll realize almost every song has incredible depth. They play their music with heart and soul. Hybrid Theory may not be The Dark Side of the Moon, sure. But it is one of the last albums to have had that much soul put into it before this new era of generally terrible music.
20 is a little low for the best album by the most popular band on the planet. It has sold 29 million copies since 2000. Big deal. The songs are awesome. The style is awesome. Mike Shinoda is awesome. Chester Bennington is awesome. And in the end, it doesn't even matter.
This is actually the best Linkin Park album ever. It was also my first album. This album contains loads of unforgettable songs. Who could forget In the End, Crawling, Points of Authority, By Myself, and Papercut? This should be number 1!
This album has so much meaning and depth to it. It really is Kendrick's best album, as it distinguishes itself apart from other rap albums to create a force against racism and other world problems. Saying this, we also get to see Kendrick's lyrical ability in this album, where he excels perfectly in every single song. Overall, this album could be one of, if not the best album of all time.
Kendrick Lamar is one of the best lyricists of our time, and this album proves it. He brings up a lot of interesting perspectives in this album in a non-preachy way that's enjoyable from start to finish. I'm talking about themes such as racism from outside of and within the black community, depression, society's glorification of fame, celebrities, money, and sex, and much more. Not to mention the nearly perfect production of this entire album. The many talented producers for this album, some that are famous and some that are hidden gems, really went all out with making this album sound unbelievably original, creative, complex, and enjoyable to listen to. It's easily one of the best hip-hop albums of all time.
"Hell's Bells" gets the album off to a flying start with a slow, ominous build-up before descending into a true rock classic. It is followed by the swashbuckling tracks "Shoot to Thrill" and the highly underrated "Honey, what do you do for money?" "Giving the dog a bone" and "Let me put my love into you" don't stand out as much but are still fun and fast rock songs, while "Back in Black" is rightfully one of AC/DC's most famous songs. "You shook me all night long" has become a rock anthem, and the last three songs are all killer, especially "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" which captures your interest with a great riff and catchy chorus.
Best album ever and the second best-selling album worldwide. There are no bad songs on it. On the contrary, hits like "Shoot To Thrill," "Back In Black," "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution," and the greatest song of all time, "Hell's Bells." The new singer, Brian Johnson, did a really good job. "Back In Black" is a true tribute to the late singer, Bon Scott. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution; Rock And Roll will survive!