Top 10 Best Muse Albums

The Top Ten
1 Origin of Symmetry

I used to think the Drones album was a masterpiece because it was my first and only Muse album I listened to. "And boy, was I wrong!" Now, Drones is my least favourite album beside Showbiz. That being said, I still like every Muse album, even Drones and Showbiz. Origin of Symmetry is my favourite modern-day rock album! Thanks to every song being perfect on this album: New Born, Citizen Erased, Plug in Baby, Feeling Good, Hyper Music, Space Dementia, Bliss - all classics! Everyone's first Muse album to listen to should be Origin of Symmetry all the way! And please listen to the other albums also! Muse takes you to a whole new world.

I was on a road trip to Chattanooga last year and I heard a song on the radio. It sounded like he said, "Some kind of magic is taking hold," or something along those lines. I spent months trying to find this song that had become my favorite after hearing it just once. I finally found it and my spine was spilling, exploding with chills. It was "Madness" by Muse, and I listened to more and more until I came across Origin of Symmetry.

Every song on this album is such a perfect combination that it outdoes every other album by this incredible band. They're all amazing, though. "Madness" remains my favorite song ever.

2. The 2nd Law
3. Black Holes and Revelations
4. Absolution
5. Showbiz
6. The Resistance

2 Absolution

Not only are the tracks themselves mind-blowing, but as a whole album, this is Muse's best work so far. This concept album feels like one great cohesive story from the beginning to the end, and it shows perfection and the most ambition in many musical terms (for example, the symphonic layers, the even further improved vocals, and so forth). Origin of Symmetry is also a great album with especially massive tracks throughout the first half, but it feels like it still needs some polishing. And while listening to Origin of Symmetry may depend on your mood, Absolution will remain the album of sonic assaults you can listen to whenever!

For a long time, I didn't feel so strongly about this album. But as I've continued to listen through, it has some great songs and has a similar storytelling feel to it that Origin of Symmetry has.

Plus, Butterflies and Hurricanes was THE first song I ever heard from Muse, featured in a Need for Speed video game. And years later, I found out who made the song and found that I enjoyed everything else of Muse's.

3 Black Holes & Revelations

My Ranking

7. Drones (2015) - Good but disappointing
6. Showbiz (1999) - Spectacular. It has my favourite Muse song on it, Muscle Museum, but I like the others more.
5. The Resistance (2009) - I love songs like Resistance and Undisclosed Desires, but it's too short of an album.
4. Absolution (2003) - Wonderful third.
3. The 2nd Law (2012) - Piano madness, get it? Madness too soon.
2. Origin of Symmetry (2001) - Classic.
1. Black Holes and Revelations (2006) - No need to explain. Just listen to songs like Map of the Problematique, Assassin, and Knights of Cydonia. You will be blown away.

- Charlie from #beattheblues

Really, this album does not have my favorite songs in it, but it is the only Muse album that I can listen to any time regardless of my mood. It has a lot of good songs such as Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, Map of the Problematique, Assassin, and Knights of Cydonia.

It is also such a complete album so that I don't ever feel the need to skip around.

Origin of Symmetry is the best, but this is a close second. After Absolution, a darker, heavier album, Muse started experimenting a lot on this album. This experimentation resulted in a grandiose symphonic rock album that has become their sound. I love this album.

4 The Resistance

Why this is considered one of the worst albums by Muse will always be beyond me. Sure, this album brought some changes in Muse's style, but I personally feel that the changes were just big enough to improve their sound, while not big enough to get rid of the Musey feel. Every one of these songs had a different style. You go from hearing what sounds like an intro to a movie, to some rock, to a rock ballad. This might be too much variety for some, but I feel that every one of these songs of this album are unique, creative, and amazing.

My absolute, all-time favorite song is in this album. Uprising will always and forever be a song I could listen to on repeat. And that was the song that led me to see what else Muse had made. Other tracks on this album were favorites of mine, more so when I was younger, but I still love the songs here.

And the somewhat classical approach taken by Muse.

5 The 2nd Law

I got to know Muse in reversed order. I fell in love with two songs from Resistance and after I started playing the keyboard myself, my appreciation for music increased. As such, I started to appreciate everything on Resistance and wanted to find out more about what these guys had done in the past. Going back to their previous album seemed the obvious choice to make, and it never disappointed.

I happen to love all the "experiments" they toy around with, since I'm so lucky to like all the styles they visit. Be it dubstep, classical, rock, pop, and of course, a bit of electronics in there as well. Add some strings to the mix and I was completely sold. Still am. I love the diversity. For me, it all adds up and makes for a very interesting listening experience.

Their most daring and in-your-face album for sure. But it's very pleasing. From the brilliantly done "Madness" to the headbanging "Supremacy" to the U2-esque "Big Freeze," this album is very good indeed.

I think the best moment on the entire record is definitely when Matt hits those amazing notes near the end of "Madness," which is also the best song on the album, I think.

I wouldn't recommend this album to an "Origin of Symmetry" fan, but I think it's worth a listen to anyone who likes Muse or wants to start listening to their music. Should you start here? Maybe, maybe not. But this album is as solid as a stone. Very good indeed.

6 Showbiz

This should be at least 4th on this list, to be honest. With songs like Sunburn and Muscle Museum, Muse showed their full potential of being one of the greatest modern rock bands ever by debuting with this album.

I think this album is really underrated and deserves to be higher on the list. And new Muse fans, before saying The 2nd Law is their best album, please listen to their other albums before giving your honest opinion.

What's this doing in 6th place? Anyway, I'm in love with this album. Instead of a normal debut full of songs that even the band doesn't care about, this album is full of fantastic songs. I could listen to Uno or Escape anytime while still loving the big hits like Sunburn and Muscle Museum.

For me, this is probably the best.

Simply the best album of Muse! Listen to the songs like Muscle Museum, Uno, Sunburn, and Unintended, and you'll be sure about it! Unfortunately, their last album shows that the band totally sold out because it sounds just like high-quality pop-rock. Enough said.

P.S. Sorry for my English. With love from Ukraine!

7 Drones

Muse may have overkilled their dystopia theme, but this album is more than good enough to overlook it. This album contains the two most epic Muse songs I have ever heard: Reapers and The Globalist. The solo in Reapers is so precise and absolutely perfect for the song that it has become my new favorite Muse song. The layering of vocals in the chorus is so fitting, and the entire song is worth listening to, although they shouldn't have dragged out the final smashing note.

The Globalist is so pleasing to listen to at first, and the song wisely takes its time to build into a wonderful masterpiece of progressive rock. Of all the extensive songs I have listened to, this is by far the easiest to listen to. What I mean by this is that the 10-minute runtime doesn't matter because every second of the song is worth it. In fact, the entire album is phenomenal, but if I could only keep two songs, it would be these.

8 H.A.A.R.P.: Live from Wembley

To everyone that loves Muse and has not listened to that, there is a hole in your life that needs to be filled now. It has a mix of perfect live performances from their old and new albums. It is easily the best thing Muse has ever put out, absolutely perfect!

I remember when my mother listened to this CD and loved it. H.A.A.R.P. is the best live CD Muse has done, and I think it deserves to be in place 7.

9 Hullaballo Soundtrack

I'm going to be honest, this has much more good songs on it than both The Resistance and The 2nd Law. There are no bad tracks on this album, and if they released it as a full-length album separately, it would be considered among the top three albums.

The B-sides on here deserve to be released as an actual album. Very reminiscent of Showbiz, and somehow the production seems better too. Well worth getting for the B-sides, but also for the live performance, where they absolutely rock!

Extremely underrated - another chapter of prime Muse that doesn't disappoint.

10 Simulation Theory

I will admit that I am a little late to Muse. I discovered them about a year ago, but when I found out about this LP, I was intrigued and, before I knew it, I was hooked! I love how diverse Muse's style is. On this LP, Muse does this '80s retro-futuristic synth-pop kind of thing. And I honestly love this album from front to back. Every song is just so dang catchy. Just listen to Propaganda. I was singing it all day and even in my dreams! It is really easy to love, and everyone should give it a chance.

I know this one will get the same hate that Drones and The 2nd Law got because it's different. But how could I be a fan of Absolution and not love this LP?

This album is certainly different from previous ones Muse have made, but that is practically the essence of Muse, to try new styles and experiment with music. Not all the songs on this album are to my liking, such as Dig Down, and, whilst I don't hate it, Get Up and Fight feels like a song I'll need to get more used to.

But I could easily see Simulation Theory being one of Muse's top albums.

The Contenders
11 Live at Rome Olympic Stadium

Hey, guys, this is the best!

12 Muscle Museum

The single of this song has wonderful B-sides: Do We Need This?, Pink Ego Box, Con-science, and Minimum all reside on this particular single. As well as those, I also love to bits the single itself, Muscle Museum.

13 Uprising
14 Muse EP

Coma is one of my favorite Muse songs. They should have taken it for Showbiz, like all the other songs from Muse EP.

15 Will of The People

Muse's best album of all time? No, but it will beat the forced Drones, their promising debut, and for sure the lazy Simulation Theory. I think this is the first album since The Second Law I will genuinely enjoy again for a long time.

My personal ranking as of now:
1. Absolution
2. The Second Law
3. Origin of Symmetry
4. The Resistance
5. Black Holes and Revelations
6. Will of the People
7. Drones
8. Showbiz
9. Simulation Theory

Will of the People comes closer to the higher-ranked albums than the lower-ranked albums. Somewhere in the middle of the Muse pack is decent for this album, especially when you think of it as a "Greatest Hits" album encapsulating elements from all other works Muse have produced.

I simply voted for this album because it cannot have so few votes. In fact, this is a Muse album, not a live recording, not an EP. It simply should be in the top 9 albums and not after some live performance produced with songs contained in an album.

Regarding the album, it is not the greatest, but it is enough to determine me to buy it. In a curious way, I did not like the Will of the People and Compliance tracks, but I liked the rest of the songs.

16 Plug In Baby
17 New Born Ep
18 Muscle Museum Ep
19 This is a Muse Demo
20 In Your World Ep
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