Best Smashing Pumpkins Albums

The Top Ten
1 Siamese Dream

Every song here is perfection. Absolutely no filler. Billy put himself under massive amounts of stress and pressure to complete this piece, but it paid off. In my opinion, it is the best album of all time, and definitely the best from the 90s.

In a time when 80s hair bands and pop rock dominated the radio, the Alt Rock scene was like a godsend. For me, this album (this band in general) was the best I heard since The Doors, The Beatles. It was my saving grace.

An amazing album! All the tracks perfectly flow and Billy Corgan's vocals and lyrics are just amazing! One of the best 90s albums and one of the best alternative rock albums ever!

2 Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness

This album may have more filler than "Siamese Dream," but overall, it's just a better album. The opening piano is beautiful, and the way the album flows is perfect. You have emotional, epic orchestrated pieces like "Tonight Tonight" and hard rocking songs like "Jellybelly" or "Bullet with Butterfly Wings." This album got me through some tough times and changed my life more than any album ever has.

Bullet With Butterfly Wings, 1979, Tonight Tonight, Zero. (Not Thirty-Three) all great songs. Not to mention the self-titled track.

3 Adore

This is a hated album by some people. I don't get it! It's great! This is one of the most personal, delicate, and emotional albums I have ever heard, with great songs and ideas. Adore deserves more recognition.

4 Gish

Very underrated compared to Siamese Dream, but here you get the real Smashing Pumpkins sound in perfection. A timeless classic.

5 Machina: The Machines of God

So underrated, the sound of Machina was unique. But Heavy Metal Machine (great song, check its live version from 2000) deserves better production. If you look at the body of songs they had created together with Machina II, and had switched some of the fillers like the Crying Tree of Mercury and Blue Skies Bring Tears with Machina II gems like Home or Slow Dawn, this would have been their best album. The singles were amazing: I of the Mourning, Stand Inside Your Love, Everlasting Gaze, and Try Try Try.

6 Pisces Iscariot

Almost as good as Siamese Dream!

7 Oceania

As a Pumpkins fan, I remember loving three tracks on it: Quasar, Pale Horse, and Pinwheels. The rest is so-so.

Track by track, back to back is amazing. This has one of my favorite Smashing Pumpkins songs on it: "Panopticon."

8 Machina II / The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music

Slow Dawn (that solo!), Home, White Spyder, Cash Car Star, Dross, Here's to the Atom Bomb, Innocence, Vanity... So many fantastic tracks! Unique in its eclecticism. Check it out if you haven't done so already.

9 Zeitgeist

Best rock album of the zeroes. So what if it does not sound like the old Pumpkins? While the older records still trigger some nostalgia because they connected with the teenage angst of the adolescent me, this is the record I mostly listen to because it resonates with the man I have become and my current musical tastes.

Not as bad as many like to call it, but certainly not up there with their older material - United States and That's the Way were the exceptions though.

10 Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1
The Contenders
11 Monuments to an Elegy

This album goes back to the same sound of the Pumpkins' heyday and is a progression from where Oceania left off.

Tiberius is very good. The rest is a story of what could have been. Cheesy synths drowning out monumental guitars, really?

12 Teargarden by Kaleidyscope
13 The Aeroplane Flies High
14 CYR
15 Greatest Hits
16 Judas Ø
17 Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts
18 Rotten Apples
19 Earphoria
20 Live at the Riviera
21 Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88
22 Bonus EP
23 Siamese Singles
24 Rarities and B-Sides
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