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

The best one

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

Sorry if this is too low PetSounds. - IronSabbathPriest

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 American Idiot - Green Day
13 Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian
14 01011001 - Ayreon

Great music, great story!

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

Great band, great album - Shake_n_Bake13

19 The Metal Opera - Avantasia
20 Joe's Garage - Frank Zappa
21 The Who Sell Out - The Who
22 Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
23 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
24 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
25 The Fragile -Nine Inch Nails
26 Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) - Marilyn Manson
27 Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson
28 The Headless Children - W.A.S.P.

W.A.S.P. is one of the greatest bands of all time, but they're so underrated. This was a good concept album from them, but to be honest it's not as good as their normal albums - Shake_n_Bake13

29 Queen II - Queen
30 Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega - Periphery
31 Abigail - King Diamond
32 Crimson - Edge of Sanity
33 The Key - Nocturnus
34 Still Life - Opeth
35 My Arms, Your Hearse - Opeth
36 Them - King Diamond
37 The Astonishing - Dream Theater
38 Into the Electric Castle - Ayreon
39 The Theory of Everything - Ayreon
40 Desperado - Eagles
41 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

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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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