Top Ten Rock Opera/Concept Albums


The Top Ten

1 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

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

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3 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

4 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

5 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

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

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

Did I write it correctly? - IronSabbathPriest

9 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

The Contenders

11 Quadrophenia - The Who

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

12 Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
13 01011001 - Ayreon

Great music, great story!

14 American Idiot - Green Day
15 Dead Winter Dead - Savatage
16 The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
17 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
18 Streets - Savatage

Great band, great album - Shake_n_Bake13

19 The Metal Opera - Avantasia
20 The Who Sell Out - The Who
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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
1. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
2. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
3. Tommy - The Who
1. Animals - Pink Floyd
2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
3. The Wall - Pink Floyd

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