Top Ten Rock Opera/Concept Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Animals - Pink Floyd Animals - Pink Floyd

When people ask me what my favourite Pink Floyd album is, I always say Animals. Every song is great in it's own way, and every song compares us to Animals. Bit like the three classes. - IronSabbathPriest

I agree completely. While it doesn't stand up to Piper, Saucerful, and Dark Side, Animals is far better than The Wall. Plus, it doesn't stray from the "concept" like so many albums do. - PetSounds

2 Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater Metropolis, Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - Dream Theater

I don't think I've ever listened to an album so gripping and sad than this. Every song stands out, and there are several musical and lyrical references to the song "Metropolis Pt.1". So please, before voting blindly for The Wall, listen to this first. - IronSabbathPriest

3 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden

Written about prophets and madness, every song is great - especially the title track. My favourite Iron Maiden song. - IronSabbathPriest

Thanks for listening, peasants

4 The Wall - Pink Floyd The Wall - Pink Floyd

Don't kill me for putting this 6th. It's a damn good album, but I've always prefered Animals. - IronSabbathPriest

5 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Queensryche went slowly downhill after Promised Land and the departure of Chris Degarmo. But this is one of the classics. - IronSabbathPriest

6 Horror Show - Iced Earth Horror Show - Iced Earth

Every song is about monsters, killers, and other historical people. Some song examples: Dracula, Frankenstein, Transylvania (Iron Maiden cover) etc. - IronSabbathPriest

7 Tommy - The Who Tommy - The Who

My favourite album by The Who. The story is really cool. - IronSabbathPriest

8 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Did I write it correctly? - IronSabbathPriest

9 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

No worries, my friend. While it's my all-time favourite album, I don't really think its concept holds up as well as most of the others on this list. - PetSounds

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10 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian

The Newcomers

? The Human Equation - Ayreon The Human Equation - Ayreon

The Best Ayreon album yet, and probably the best album ever made. so many great melodies, singers, interesting instruments, and a really nice concept for an album

The Contenders

11 01011001 - Ayreon 01011001 - Ayreon

Great music, great story!

12 Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
13 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
14 Quadrophenia - The Who Quadrophenia - The Who

Yeah... Just like me to put rock at the end. - IronSabbathPriest

15 Streets - Savatage Streets - Savatage

Great band, great album - Shake_n_Bake13

16 Dead Winter Dead - Savatage Dead Winter Dead - Savatage
17 American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day
18 The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
19 The Who Sell Out - The Who The Who Sell Out - The Who
20 The Metal Opera - Avantasia The Metal Opera - Avantasia
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
2. Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
3. Horror Show - Iced Earth
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1. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
2. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
3. Tommy - The Who
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1. Animals - Pink Floyd
2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
3. The Wall - Pink Floyd
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