Top Rock Operas/Musicals

The Top Ten

1 The Wall - Pink Floyd

the story of a sucessful rock star named pink who, as a child suffered trama such as having his father killed in the war, and having to go to boarding school, as well as having an overprotective mother. this album tells the story of his life trying to cope with the wall he built between himself and the outside world. in te end, he puts himself on trial, is found guilty, and knocks down the wall.

The Wall is a musical triumph. Just the words "Hey you, would you help to carry the stone? ", especially with that harmonization, are enough to send chills down my spine. I'm working on a script for a stage album, and it's turning out greatly. Thank you Nick, Dave, Roger and Rick for giving us a masterpiece, and God bless the last one, you are forever in our hearts.

The Wall is absolutely the best rock opera. I can sit and listen to The Wall over and over again and never lose interest. Almost the same for Tommy, but it doesn't have that sympathy that hits me with The Wall.

I don't see it. I want to like The Wall. Everybody says that it is really good but all it does is bring me down. Now I won't let myself listen to the 4rth side of the vinyl. How does this not bring you down.

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2 Tommy - The Who

Tommy is just the best written of them all. Plus, it has the most obscure, but interesting story line. A boy who witnesses his fathers death and is told not too see or say anything about it and his mind takes it to an extreme and he becomes deaf, dumb, and blind. He is then given to his molesting Uncle Ernie. He discovers he is a "Pinball wizard" and becomes famous around the world. He becomes very attached to mirrors and they feel he can't see the things around him but himself in these mirrors. His mother is mad that he is becoming too attached to the mirrors and smashes them. This cures tommy of his odd disease, hence the songs "Sensation" and "I'm Free." Uncle Ernie tries to take advantage of Tommy's fame and starts a wildly overpriced camp for children of Tommy's old nature to be cured and learn pinball. The children in the end rebel, which is the song "We're Not Gonna Take It." I feel that this storyline by itself makes it #1.

how can you do this! it shud be 1 this film/rock opera was the first and the very best long live the who

The Who invented concept albums and rock operas. There's no way number one is not for them

Music about child abuse. Who'd thought? - mgenet

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3 Quadrophenia - The Who

Quadrophenia is simply a masterpiece, with a beautifully made plot line, interesting characters, not to mention the sheer talent from every member of the Who! It's just a great story and a great album (why is everyone comparing it to American Idiot or whatever, you don't need to put down another album to know that this one is amazing)

Definitely has the best movie. How is it lower than American Idiot. American Idiot barely has a story. Quadrophenia is really meaningful and has characters that you can relate to.

Best album of all time that also happens to be a concept album

Best rock opera that has and ever will be written

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4 American Idiot - Green Day

This is clearly the most powerful/political rock opera EVER. Following the Jesus of Suburbia and his view of how F-ed up the world is, and how he can't stop it, as he has his own problems. Add his alter ego; St. Jimmy, and the girl he falls in love with, Whatsername and you have the story of the century! On top of that, it hit Broadway

One of my most favorite album ever!

One Of There Best Albums Yet - iwalkalone56

Without a doubt the best ever

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5 Moon - Gackt

Consisting in two albums (Moon and Crescent), two tours (Kagen no tsuki and Jougen no tsuki), two novels (Moon Child and Requiem) and a movie (Moon Child), is one of the most amazing musicals of all time!

6 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

This is my favorite album of all time. Fantastic concept album. So happy that Adam Pascal is developing a version of it for the stage!

7 Jesus Christ Superstar - Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber

Gethsemane, Heaven on their minds, I don't know how to love him, strange thing mystifying, all of these songs and one of the greatest musicals I have ever heard (especially Heaven on their Minds)

There is no question that JCS is the greatest rock opera; the quality of the music surpasses both the Who and Pink Floyd, and the lyrics are far more complex, akin to top literature; whilst the themes of the Wall and Tommy (especially the latter) are by comparison quite straightforward. JCS asks fundamental questions about the meaning of one of the greatest stories in history (whether it is actually historical fact or not). I find it quite amazing that this work is so little celebrated.

I love Mary in the film. Anyone who does not like this is a nutcase! It's a great film of a famous story. Although I don't believe in God myself, I really enjoy it.

This is the best in my opinion, also listen to King Herod's Song it will be stuck in your head the rest of the day

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8 Grease
9 Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
10 Bat Out of Hell / Bat Out of Hell II - Meat Loaf

I Love Meat Loaf and these CDs they are some of the best I've heard including Bat 3 which has perhaps the greatest song of all time Seize the Night all the songs are good except track 5 and Track 13 was too slow but the last Track is very peaceful - Greenday

I love the Bat II album that it was skipping a little, and I think I need a new copy!

For Crying out Loud You Know I Love Meat Loaf - Greenday

Best Album of all time.. Period.

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The Contenders

11 The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Who didn't vote this top?! Oh my word! Richard O'Brien is greatest genius of our time and Rocky Horror is a testament to that! - RiffandMagenta

Flashy, trashy, kinky, and leather makes this movie/musical one of the most memorable out there.

I don't believe there's every been anything quite like this movie made before. - Dave0the0Suave

I love RHPS! I've been so many times I've lost count.

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12 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
13 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis

The story and the lyrics by Peter Gabriel are not easy to understand, but they are great.. And the music also amazing. "The lamb lies down...", "Carpet Crawlers", "The Lamia".. WOW!

14 Lifehouse - The Who

This was never a real rock opera because the project was scrapped and made into Who's Next but you can hear on YouTube of what it would've been like and in my opinion, it would've been better than their number one album Who's Next!

15 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day

An even more modern version of Romeo & Juliet. Beautifully crafted, I love this album.

16 Sweeney Todd

The version by Michael Cerveris and Patti Lupone is grande in the best way possible. They renew this show into an gothic classic. You can still feel the emotions on this cd. The whole company played their own instruments - amazing!!!!

Good, but not really a rock musical.

17 Rent

i love rent. jonathan larson was amazing. such a story. such music. such a MESSAGE. anyone who doesn't like RENT is CRAZY. i love it.

I love all of this music theres not a day that goes by when im not singing a song from rent

Very hard-rock type of score, yet so beautifully done in terms of plot. Pretty good.

Belongs on the top of this list! - Freak_Show1

18 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson

This will take you away if you let it... great

19 The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

A good album with lots of catchy songs, although I'm not entirely sure it's one of the best "rock operas" in that sense (the plot and characters aren't as expertly defined as, say, Tommy or American Idiot). Ignoring that part, the album's great

An album that shaped a generation of teens that felt left out in society. The Black Parade is an epic that was timely and effective.

One of the greatest Rock Operas

I don't know wheather or not this is rock opera, but sure it's awesome concept album.

It is considered a "rock opera" on its Wikipedia and I believe in its iTunes description. - MyLocalRoyalVampire

20 Hair

One of the first and one of the best!

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1. The Wall - Pink Floyd
2. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
3. Quadrophenia - The Who
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3. Tommy - The Who
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