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Greatest Rock Albums Of All Time
Criteria: Popularity, Influence, and Musical Impact. This includes Studio and Live albums. * = New addition to the list.
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1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) - The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds (1966) - The Beach Boys
3. What's Going On (1971) - Marvin Gaye
4. Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) - Pink Floyd
5. Revolver (1966) - The Beatles
6. Live at the Apollo (1962) - James Brown
7. Highway 61 Revisited (1965) - Bob Dylan
8. Thriller (1982) - Michael Jackson
9. Are You Experienced? (1967) - Jimi Hendrix
10. Rubber Soul (1965) - The Beatles

11. Nevermind (1991) - Nirvana
12. Elvis Presley (1956) - Elvis Presley
13. Born To Run (1975) - Bruce Springsteen
14. Exile On Main Street (1972) - The Rolling Stones
15. Blonde On Blonde (1966) - Bob Dylan
16. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) - Public Enemy
17. Innervisions (1973) - Stevie Wonder
18. London Calling (1979) - The Clash
19. Abbey Road (1969) - The Beatles
20. Purple Rain (1984) - Prince

21. Who’s Next (1971) - The Who
22. Led Zeppelin II (1969) - Led Zeppelin
23. Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) - Stevie Wonder
24. The Joshua Tree (1987) - U2
25. Rumours (1977) - Fleetwood Mac
26. The Beatles (The White Album) (1968) - The Beatles
27. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You (1967) - Aretha Franklin
28. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)* - Ray Charles
29. Blue (1971) - Joni Mitchell
30. Tapestry (1971) - Carole King

31. Raising Hell (1986) - Run-D.M.C.
32. Tommy (1969) - The Who
33. Led Zeppelin IV (1971) - Led Zeppelin
34. The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) - The Velvet Underground
35. Appetite For Destruction (1987) - Guns N Roses
36. Paranoid (1970) - Black Sabbath
37. There's A Riot Goin' On (1971) - Sly & The Family Stone
38. Ziggy Stardust (1972) - David Bowie
39. Let It Bleed (1969) - The Rolling Stones
40. Bringing It All Back Home (1965) - Bob Dylan

41. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) - Elton John
42. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977) - Various Artists
43. Ten (1991) - Pearl Jam
44. Led Zeppelin I (1969) - Led Zeppelin
45. The Doors (1967) - The Doors
46. Superfly (1972) - Curtis Mayfield
47. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) - Lauryn Hill
48. Back In Black (1980) - AC/DC
49. Born in the USA (1984) - Bruce Springsteen
50. Licensed to Ill (1986) - Beastie Boys

51. Never Mind the Bollocks (1977) - The Sex Pistols
52. Talking Book (1972) - Stevie Wonder
53. Lady Soul (1968) - Aretha Franklin
54. Sign ‘O' The Times (1987) - Prince
55. The Ramones (1976) - The Ramones
56. Otis Blue (1965) - Otis Redding
57. Straight Outta Compton (1989) - N.W.A.
58. Moondance (1970) - Van Morrison
59. After the Goldrush (1970) - Neil Young
60. The Chronic (1992) - Dr. Dre

61. The Wall (1979) - Pink Floyd
62. Hotel California (1976) - The Eagles
63. Van Halen (1978) - Van Halen
64. Electric Ladyland (1968) - Jimi Hendrix
65. Ok Computer (1997) - Radiohead
66. Automatic for the People (1992) - R.E.M.
67. Blood On the Tracks (1975) - Bob Dylan
68. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) - Simon & Garfunkel
69. Murmur (1983) - R.E.M.
70. Like A Virgin (1984)* - Madonna

71. A Hard Day’s Night (1964) - The Beatles
72. Off the Wall (1979) - Michael Jackson
73. Achtung Baby (1991) - U2
74. The Band (1969) - The Band
75. Stand! (1969) - Sly & The Family Stone
76. From Elvis In Memphis (1969)* - Elvis Presely
77. Metallica (The Black Album) (1991) - Metallica
78. Sticky Fingers (1971) - The Rolling Stones
79. Synchronicity (1983) - The Police
80. 1999 (1982) - Prince

81. Paul's Boutique (1989)* - Beastie Boys
82. Astral Weeks (1968) - Van Morrison
83. Number Of the Beast (1982) - Iron Maiden
84. Machine Head (1972) - Deep Purple
85. Surrealistic Pillow (1967) - Jefferson Airplane
86. Master Of Puppets (1986) - Metallica
87. The Clash (1977) - The Clash
88. Remain In Light (1980) - Talking Heads
89. Plastic Ono Band (1970) - John Lennon
90. Black Sabbath (1970) - Black Sabbath

91. 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)* – De La Soul
92. Catch A Fire (1973)* – Bob Marley & The Wailers
93. The Queen Is Dead (1986) - The Smiths
94. The "Chirping" Crickets (1957) - Buddy Holly
95. Live At Leeds (1970) - The Who
96. Paid In Full (1987) - Eric B. & Rakim
97. Music From Big Pink (1968) - The Band
98. Fullfillingness’ First Finale (1974)* - Stevie Wonder
99. Disraeli Gears (1967) - Cream
100. Axis Bold As Love (1967) - Jimi Hendrix

101. A Night At The Opera (1975) - Queen
102. DéjàVu (1970) - Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
103. Harvest (1972) - Neil Young
104. Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) - Bob Dylan
105. Beggar's Banquet (1968) - The Rolling Stones
106. In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) - King Crimson
107. Imagine (1971) - John Lennon
108. Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968) - The Byrds
109. Horses (1975) - Patti Smith
110. Days Of Future Passed (1967) - The Moody Blues

111. Like A Prayer (1989)* - Madonna
112. Here's Little Richard (1957) - Little Richard
113. Jagged Little Pill (1995) - Alanis Morrissette
114. Kick Out The Jams (1969) - The MC5
115. All Things Must Pass (1970) - George Harrison
116. Dookie (1994) - Green Day
117. Hot Buttered Soul (1969)* - Issac Hayes
118. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966)* - The Mamas & The Pappas
119. Let's Get It On (1973) - Marvin Gaye
120. Live at the Fillmore East (1971) - The Allman Brothers Band

121. Fresh (1973)* - Sly & The Family Stone
122. My Aim Is True (1977) - Elvis Costello
123. Something Else (1968) - The Kinks
124. Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)* - Elton John
125. The Beach Boys Today! (1965) - The Beach Boys
126. Abraxas (1970) - Santana
127. Low (1978)* – David Bowie
128. Rock Around The Clock (1956)* – Bill Haley & His Comets
129. Graceland (1986) - Paul Simon
130. Radio (1985)* - LL Cool J
131. Fun House (1970) - Iggy Pop & The Stooges
132. Ray Charles at Newport (1958)* - Ray Charles
133. Stankonia (2000)* - OutKast
134. Marquee Moon (1977) - Television
135. The Stone Roses (1989) - The Stone Roses
136. Cosmo's Factory (1970) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
137. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)* - Eminem
138. Doolittle (1989) - Pixies
139. Forever Changes (1967) - Love
140. Sweet Baby James (1970) - James Taylor

141. Run-D.M.C. (1984) - Run-D.M.C.
142. Freak Out! (1966)* - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
143. One Nation Under A Groove (1978)* - Funkadelic
144. At Last (1961) - Etta James
145. Pearl (1971) - Janis Joplin
146. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
147. Layla (1970) - Derek & The Dominos
148. Ready to Die (1994)* - Notorious B.I.G.
149. Parallel Lines (1978)* - Blondie
150. Bad (1987) - Michael Jackson

151. Surfin U.S.A. (1963)* - The Beach Boys
152. Court and Spark (1974)* - Joni Mitchell
153. Physical Graffiti (1975) - Led Zeppelin
154. Call Me (1973) - Al Green
155. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) - Pink Floyd
156. Cheap Thrills (1968) - Big Brother & the Holding Co
157. (What's the Story) Morning Glory (1995)* - Oasis
158. Maggot Brain (1971) - Funkadelic
159. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)* - Bruce Springsteen
160. CrazySexyCool (1994)* - TLC

161. Band On The Run (1973)* - Paul McCartney/Wings
162. Bo Diddley (1958)* - Bo Diddley
163. The Score (1996)* - Fugees
164. Exodus (1977) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
165. The Who Sell Out (1967) - The Who
166. Going To A Go-Go (1965)* - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
167. Aqualung (1971) - Jethro Tull
168. The Low End Theory (1991) - A Tribe Called Quest
169. Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) - The Byrds
170. Illmatic (1994)* - Nas

171. Fear Of A Black Planet (1990) - Public Enemy
172. The Ventures In Space (1964)* - The Ventures
173. Headquarters (1967)* - The Monkees
174. Unknown Pleasures (1979) - Joy Division
175. American Idiot (2004)* - Green Day
176. Young, Gifted & Black (1972)* - Aretha Franklin
177. Toys in the Attic (1975) – Aerosmith
178. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)* - The Smashing Pumpkins
179. The Downward Spiral (1994)* - Nine Inch Nails
180. All Eyez On Me (1996)* - 2Pac

181. Ace Of Spades (1980)* - Motorhead
182. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)* - OutKast
183. Daydream Nation (1988) - Sonic Youth
184. Closer (1980) - Joy Division
185. Fragile (1971)* - Yes
186. Please Please Me (1963) - The Beatles
187. Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)* - Janet Jackson
188. American Beauty (1970) - The Grateful Dead
189. Hysteria (1987)* - Def Leppard
190. Brothers In Arms (1985) - Dire Straits

191. The Stranger (1977) - Billy Joel
192. This Year's Model (1978) - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
193. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)* - Wu-Tang Clan
194. Bad Girls (1979)* - Donna Summer
195. Pronounced Leh'-nerd Skin-'nerd (1973) - Lynyrd Skynyrd
196. Kid A (2000)* - Radiohead
197. Gris Gris (1968)* - Dr. John
198. In Rock (1970) - Deep Purple
199. Tracy Chapman (1988)* - Tracy Chapman
200. Village Green Preservation Society (1968) - The Kinks


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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Just gonna say this:
Sgt. Pepper's will always be number one
Pet Sounds will always be number two
and...this list needs some serious fixing


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Add Massive Attack's Blue Lines.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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Why the hell is Sticky Fingers so high? Switch that shit with Exile on Main St, the most overrated album ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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Chezlovakia wrote:
Just gonna say this:
Sgt. Pepper's will always be number one
Pet Sounds will always be number two
and...this list needs some serious fixing


What are your suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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IMO The Wall looks too high. I've always thought that one had mixed acclaim, unlike a lot of the other major PF albums, it seems to have as many detractors as championers, even among PF fans.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
Why the hell is Sticky Fingers so high? Switch that shit with Exile on Main St, the most overrated album ever.


I just read this 3 or 4 times and still don't get what you're getting at. If you think Sticky Fingers is so high, why do you want it moved up over 50 places?


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Chezlovakia wrote:
Just gonna say this:
Sgt. Pepper's will always be number one
Pet Sounds will always be number two


Not according to acclaimedmusic.net.


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Avery_Island wrote:
Doctor_Pik_Jr wrote:
Why the hell is Sticky Fingers so high? Switch that shit with Exile on Main St, the most overrated album ever.


I just read this 3 or 4 times and still don't get what you're getting at. If you think Sticky Fingers is so high, why do you want it moved up over 50 places?


I think he means high as in a high number, not high on the list.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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ClashWho wrote:
Chezlovakia wrote:
Just gonna say this:
Sgt. Pepper's will always be number one
Pet Sounds will always be number two


Not according to acclaimedmusic.net.


Sgt Pepper is IMO the Beatles most influential album. Their best album is Rubber Soul, Revolver or Abbey Road. If were going to follow Acclaimed Music the Beatles are rated the most acclaimed artist.


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Aren't Blood on the Tracks and Bringing it All Back Home the wrong way round?

I understand BITBH beats BOTT for Influence, being the album that Dylan went electric, but BOTT is bith more acclaimed and more popular (it's Dylan's biggest selling album).


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Rock Albums of All Time
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I may be wrong here, but does anyone else think Live at the Apollo and Elvis Presley are too high?

I understand JB and EP are great artists, but neither was a particularly great album artist and I don't think either of those albums in and themselves are that acclaimed, popular and influential. To me it seems like they are that high just because they are James Brown and Elvis Presley, rather than the individual merit of the album.

Obviously both should still be on the list, but I do think their placements are inflated.

Also, should American Idiot really be on here?


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Live At The Apollo is the possibly the greatest live album of all time, but maybe top 10 is a stretch.


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While I understand it is the greatest live album of all-time, I don't really see how that indicates anything other than it being the highest placed live album. It shouldn't have a high placement simply because it's the greatest live album if you get my drift. It being a live album doesn't give it any extra significance, the albums should be measured not because they are the greatest of a certain type of genre/format but by each individual merit. It's a bit like putting Kid A in the top 10 because it's the greatest album of the year 2000, I think it's an arbitrary attribute that shouldn't really be taken into account.

Personally I think Live at the Appolo is more suited to around the late 20s/early 30s mark and Elvis Presley well down in the 80s or something. I could have completely missed something of course, but on the face of it I find it hard to see how those albums in and themselves merit such a high placement, rather than just placing them highly because of the idea that 2 of the greatest artists should have high placements on this list.


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Allmusic's take on Elvis Presley:

Today it all seems so easy -- RCA signs up the kid from Memphis, television gets interested at around the same time, and the rest is history. The circumstances surrounding this album were neither simple nor promising, however, nor was there anything in the history of popular music up to that time to hint that Elvis Presley was going to be anything other than "Steve Sholes' folly," which was what rival executives were already whispering. So a lot was unsettled and untried at the first of two groups of sessions that produced the Elvis Presley album -- it wasn't even certain that there was any reason for a rock & roll artist to cut an album, because teenagers bought 45s, not LPs. The first of Elvis' RCA sides yielded one song, "Heartbreak Hotel," that seemed a potential single, but which no one thought would sell, and a few tracks that would be good enough for an album, if there were one. But no one involved knew anything for sure about this music. Seventeen days later, "Heartbreak Hotel" was released, and for about a month it did nothing -- then it began to move, and then Elvis appeared on television, and had a number one pop single. The album Sholes wanted out of Elvis came from two groups of sessions in January and February, augmented by five previously unissued songs from the Sun library. This was as startling a debut record as any ever made, representing every side of Elvis' musical influences except gospel -- rockabilly, blues, R&B, country, and pop were all here in an explosive and seductive combination. Elvis Presley became the first rock & roll album to reach the number one spot on the national charts, and RCA's first million dollar-earning pop album.

On the basis of that, 80s would seem to wildly undervalue it.


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