The Greatest Rock Albums

May 31, 2015
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Well, we’ve done it again. We’ve spent days trawling the internet, checking through numerous magazines and canvasing opinion to come up with what may just be our most controversial list yet. It’s the Greatest Albums of the Rock Era.

What do we mean by Rock? Well it’s not Hip Hop, Soul, Motown, Country, Pop or any one of a hundred or so other musical genres. It’s music that is more ‘grown up’ than Pop, demands more of a listener’s attention and is definitely not disposable. It is very definitely not just confined to Hard Rock, but a look at list will show that some from that genre have made our top 100.

Arguably the Rock Era began in the summer of 1966 with the release of The Beatles’ Revolver. It’s a record that made everyone that first heard it at the time start thinking differently about popular music. Since then Rock has taken a fascinating journey through numerous different styles and arguably given us what are some of the greatest albums, across any genre.

As usual we’d love to hear from you as to what you think should be on the list, but remember, this list of the Greatest Rock Albums is not just our opinion but a genuine attempt to gather together all the data from every list we could find.

100. Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
99. Lou Reed - Transformer
98. The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers
97. Soundgarden - Superunknown
96. Supertramp - Breakfast in America
95. The Police – Synchronicity
94. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced…
93 . Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik…
92. The Who - Tommy
91. Van Halen - 1984
90. Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral
89. Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run
88. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
87. Primal Scream - Screamadelica
86. Rush - 2112
85. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
84. Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
83. Metallica – Black Album
82. Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
81. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
80. Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
79. Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
78. Queens of the stone Age – songs for the deaf
77. The Cure – Disintegration
76. Blur - Parklife
75. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am
74. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
73. Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstacy
72. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
71, Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
70. Pixies - Doolittle
69. Pulp - Different Class
68. Prince – Purple Rain
67. Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold Is Love
66. Daft Punk - Discovery
65. Blondie Parallel Lines
64. Bob Marley and the Wailers - Catch A Fire
63. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
62. Nirvana - In Utero
61. Cream - Disraeli Gears
60. John Lennon - Imagine
59. Pearl Jam - Ten
58. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
57. The Band - Music From Pig Pink
56. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
55. Arcade Fire - Funeral
54. Aerosmith – Toys In the Attic
53. Joy Division – Closer
52.. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
51. Television - Marquee Moon
50. David Bowie - Low
49. REM - Automatic For The People
48. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
47. Van Halen - Van Halen
46. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
45. Deep Purple – Machine Head
44. Derek & The Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
43. Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
42. Carole King - Tapestry
41. Neil Young - After The Goldrush
40. Queen - Night at the Opera
39. The Allman Brothers Band - Live At Fillmore East
38. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
37. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
36. Radiohead – OK Computer
35. Ramones - Ramones
34. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
33. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
32. Love - Forever Changes
31. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
30. U2 – Achtung Baby
29. The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
28. AC/DC – Back In Black
27. Guns N' Roses – Appetite For Destruction
26. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
25. The Band - The Band
24. Patti Smith - Horses
23. U2 - Joshua Tree
22. Joni Mitchell - Blue
21. Led Zeppelin - 4
20. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
19. The Doors - The Doors
18. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
17. Eagles - Hotel California
16. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
15. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
14. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
13. The Who – Who’s Next
12. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
11. Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground & Nico
10. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars

8. Ziggy Stardust
9. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
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8. Nirvana - Nevermind
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7. The Clash – London Calling
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6. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
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5. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
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4. Beatles - White Album
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3. Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St
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2. Beatles– Abbey Road
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1. Beatles – Revolver
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403 comments

  1. Marvin

    Good list, but you listed the Chilis twice with the Blood Sugar Sex Magik album (93 & 99). What other album is meant to be on one of those spots?

        1. Alan

          Pink Floyd’s Dark Side at #12 !!! No way it should be that low. ABB at #39! What about Jethro Tull’s Aqualung – not even a mention?!! No Segar or Journey? Come on – what were you guys smokin’?

          1. Bob J.

            The Sgt. Pepper LP effected the hole world, as did Rubber Soul. Plus no Bob Seger, Doobie Brother’s, Beach Boy’s, or Three Dog Night?

            Your List has a very limited, short sighted view. For example; a very limited view of MOTOWN, which most rock & rollers will agree is some of the greatest music to dance to.

        2. JD

          Right, any list of Top 100 albums without some of the Moody Blues albums in it has no credibility. Also, Pet sounds is overrated, definitely not Top Ten material but Sgt. Pepper and Rubber soul both are Top Ten stuff.

        1. Peter

          You are so right Joseph Spinelli. ELP was an awesome band. With their talent and electronic mastery they sounded like a band of more than three people. I saw Carl Palmer back in 1970 at St.Mary’s High School,South Amboy,NJ.. He was then with Atomic Rooster,his other band. In the middle of his drum solo at 11:00PM,the Monsignor walked behind the curtain and cut the power. “Concert over, curfew”, he shouted out. Carl threw down his sticks and that was that. I have been in touch with Carl Palmer via FB. Mentioning that night to him,he remembers it.

          1. Beresford du-Cille

            ELP were the only band I ever walked out on. I liked the albums but they were so boring live.

        2. Carmeli

          Yeah, ELP and how come there’s no mention of Yes.
          Zappa and Tull.
          Who picked those albums, teenagers?
          Not impressed about Nirvana being in the top ten either.

      1. rox

        3 of the Beatles all in the top 3? no Led Zeppelin, No Pink Floyd, No Judas Priest, Deep purple. these were also game changing bands. “The White “Album top 10 i understand, the other 2 ?? not in top 10 and then one of the other bands I mentioned should be , Priest needs to be on the list.. also NO DETROIT BANDS? no mC5, no Amboy dukes, no BOB SEGER? .. And the biggest glaring hole
        Jefferson Airplane !Surrealistic pillow or a different album but to be left out! . what exactly was the criteria? Maybe for next time, your criteria could be 1) all bands not just the few we like 2) if we could only hear 1 album form these bands..so only use their absolute best albums, and only use the bands once and 3) maybe one of these days we should ask fans, then take top 150 or 200 and have fans vote to get it to 100 ..and put fan based top 100 Greatest albums of all time Rock era.. Judas priest first should still be under this heading, they started as hard rock.. and finally $ your definition of “Rock” since it left Elvis presley out.. if this gets posted, ill be shocked and say thank you ..

      2. mike sweet

        i dont know how or who pcked this list but they sure as hell must have been young there are far too many on this list that wouldnt nake the top 1000 rock album list someone sure as hell dont know ROCK

        1. Andy J

          Spot on Mike, no Little Feat either, gotta go back to Rock drawing board and “do it again” (they did get Steely Dan though). No Bobby Z, Greatful Dead, The Band, King Crimson, Audience, Traffic, Creedance Or Z Z Top. Like to see a new list after all the input.

      1. chris soady

        are you kidding !! no TOOL ??lateralus ..aenima…smashing pumpkins melon collie ..ect you really do have quite a few UNINSPIRED picks there !!

    1. Will

      a good start but many that don’t belong and so many that do. I found at least 30 that don’t belong and it would be tough selecting from so many of the true “Rock Era” bands the ones that do….noticed the oversight of a little band with Steve Marriot known as Humble Pie…perhaps Smokin or Live at Fillmore, Fleetwood Mac in early years had a keeper called Bare Trees also, Ten Years After oldies like Cricklewood Green and so many more, all the new stuff is not “Rock Era” but more like new wave trying to sound like rock…I associate Rock Era as British Invasion up till late 70’s….thanks to disco it all got confusing after that and besides the “hangers on” and a very few new acts doesn’t qualify as rock with me….leaving out Sgt. Pepper and Axis Bold as Love and The Doors disqualifies this entire list and warrants a total remake….

      1. woody

        Love your work. Agree that Humble Pie and Ten Years after should be there.
        As should Traffic “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys”, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead “American Beauty and Workingmans Dead. Jefferson Starship “Surrealistic Pillow” How can the genius Frank Zappa be not on that list.

        What about the Santana album?.

        Fleetwood Mac Rumours….. seriously. That’s an example of what happens when a formally brilliant band changes direction and sells out to achieve commercial success.

    1. Chris Chamberlain

      I agree! It’s the same old predictable stuff voted for by people who probably don’t listen to very much music or take their cues from Q or the Guardian. Dull dull dull

      1. iwgm66

        No one is going to be entirely happy with any !00 greatest (Enter subject here). Abbey Road is the 2nd best Rock album of all time ? Come on. No room at all for the far, far better Rubber Soul. Still, if you marry together statistics from other polls, you will multiply or divide numbers without knowing it. Dead? Airplane ? I am clearly out of synch with your chart, so will move on.

        1. Robert

          Yeah I can never figure why people list Trout Mask Replica on any list of greatest this or that. It is not rock, and can only be listened to while on acid.

  2. Martin Lindsey

    Quite a comprehensive list, though I don’t agree with the order. To put Metallica’s “Black Album” and Cream’s “Disraeli Gears” so far down the list is wrong, not to mention “Dark Side of the Moon” not making the top ten.

  3. richard kozlowski

    Why o why is it always same okd dirdge beatles stones who cream hendrix. Etc just because they were made to make more appealing to the mass media does not mean that makes them great or influential. They got their ideas from blues singers bands jazzers folkies avent garde and just plain old eccentrics that were to unpalatable. To me id rather leave the great titles out and simply class them as popularist. Coz thats what they are the stonees beatles floyd etc

    1. Victor

      They were more ‘appealing to the mass media’, and therefore had more presence in the music industry. Their influence is a consequence of their success.

    2. Darryl

      You are entitled to your reasoned opinion, but, I think, you are just too young. Have you digested yet what The Beatles did? From your comments, I don’t think so.

      1. John

        I agree Darryl. The Beatles changed an entire generation. They touched almost every aspect of life. They changed views on music to the point that, if there was no Beatles, music would be very, very different today. They influenced the way we dressed, changed our views on politics, changed the way we interacted on a societal level, and the relationship between men and women, but most of all, I think they changed our values. Yes, they had an effect on practically everything about the ’60s.

  4. Chris Leighfield

    So what you are saying is that Led Zeppelin, the greatest rock band ever, had only one great album…….Take a flying leap………Who is #9 Brice Springsteen????

    1. Alan Peter Seger

      I’m a huge Kansas fan. The best album by far is Masque. It happened before they were famous but really it is the best thing they ever did “complete album-wise.”

  5. TheAsphaltWorld

    Decent list and my own personal favourite album “Superunknown” by Soundgarden is included (though only at #97).
    The obvious missing at first glance:
    Led Zeppelin II
    Led Zeppelin I
    The Wall
    Wish You Were Here
    In the Court of the Crimson King
    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (remove some of the other Beatles albums)

    Could have been included:
    Dog Man Star (Suede) – given the inclusion of Pulp and Blur
    Dirt (Alice In Chains) – one of the big 4 grunge albums.

  6. RevRonsRants

    I agree with most of your choices, but I’d definitely include the first Led Zeppelin album, add Jethro Tull’s Benefit and Stand Up, Crosby, Stills, & Nash first album, Days of Future Past by Moody Blues, Blues From Laurel Canyon by John Mayall, and Deep Purple’s In Rock.

    1. George

      The Beach Boy’s may not have been as big as Yes, Gary Numan, Cars, Moody Blues or Marillion but Pet Sounds was a highly innovative album that helped to kick start the entire prog rock movement that led way to Yes, Cars, Moody Blues, Marillion and later Gary Numan.

  7. mike

    It’s all a matter of personal taste. There is no right or wrong. if I made my top 100, half of the ones on this list would be missing.I have never understood why the Clash album is so highly regarded. It might the most over rated album in history.

  8. tom kuhn

    Where is …

    – Deep Purple in Rock?
    – Deep Purple Made in Japan?
    – Led Zeppelin I, II, III …. ?
    – YES, Relayer?
    – Yessongs?
    – Steven Wilson, Raven … ?
    – Steven Wilson – Grace ….?
    – Genesis – Selling england …. ?
    – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – welcome back live tripple album ?
    – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy ?
    – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain salad surgery

    ….. and many more.

    The collection on this website only shows one thing: It is not possible to make an “official” top 100 list – because everybody has an individual taste for music. This is my opinion. If there is an objective approach – the people who made this list are complete idiots.

    Tom Kuhn

    1. steve G

      Amen, brother! What about Jethro Tull–Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, and controversially my favorite, A Passion Play? Yes Close to the Edge? Your ELP selections are great! IMHO, Traffic is a truly great band, but this list is very obviously void of much of any Progressive Rock, which to me is the most creative, amazing music out there. My son, a music wonk, has deconstructed Karnevil 9 for me, showing me how it works mechanically, playing the intro by ear, something I have not been able to do for 40 years. No, there are so many albums not on here!

  9. Jefsil

    I probably would’ve added Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, Neil Young’s Harvest, Yes Fragile and certainly Beatles Sgt. Peppers, The Kinks and The Yardbirds. List hits most of the biggies.

  10. Limpi

    Perhaps I’m the biggest Cream-fan of all time and even I don’t think that Disraeli gears is a good album. I only like two songs from it. Fresh Cream and Wheels of fire are far better albums. But I cannot see them on your list… 🙁

  11. Burt

    i hate these lust. You missed so many. No Yes. No King Crimson. You have crappy bubblegum Van Halen on here and you don’t have Judas Priest. Master of reality Black Sabbath. No Jethro Tull. Yours is a bubblegum list. I’m surprised you don’t have Rick Springfield on here. Lol. You don’t have trick of the tail by Genesis. I could go on and on.

  12. Jorgen Larsen

    If this is the 100 best rock albums, then I will stick to jazz from now on. The best rock album of all, Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”, is not even mentioned, just like U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”. And where are the Kinks??? The two double albums in Top 5 by the Beatles and the Stones are full of boring crap (just like many other double albums). Pink Floyd’s sensational first album is much more interesting than the predictable “Dark Side of The Moon” -and I could go on ….

    1. Paul Watson

      892 weeks on the Billboard charts? I think Dark Side Of The Moon deserves a spot here with so many No.1’s around the world. . The Piper at the Gates of Dawn only got to 6th spot in the UK and 131 in the USA.

  13. Magin

    ¿No YES?, ¿No Emerson Lake &Palmer? ¿No Credence Clearwater Revival? ¿No Tangerine Dream? ¿No Jetrho Tull? ¿No Gentle Giant? ¿No Marillion? ¿No Janis Joplin? ¿No AC/DC? ¿Just one record from Pink Floyd or Genesis? It´s alrigth that never trust on this kind of lists, but this one it´s just ridiculous!

  14. Joe Cogan

    I agree that The Beatles deserve three of the top four spots, but to have none of their other albums even make the list is more than a bit weird. And will someone please explain the adulation Exile on Main Street always draws? It’s great, but I wouldn’t put it in the top five Stones albums, much less the top five of all time.

  15. Taylor

    Reading comment strings on any post on the Internet is a useless endeavor and utterly frustrating.

    I think your list is quite good. Like anybody on the planet, I feel there are albums that aren’t included here that should be based on my personal preference. I won’t voice those opinions here because the point of this list is udiscovermusic’s opinion. Isn’t subjectivity great?

    It’s great to see bands that commonly aren’t listed out for their albums here go hand in hand with established classics from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, and The Beach Boys. Though it’s definitely very uncommon for albums like “Highway 61 Revisited” or “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” not to make the list in the top five, I think your inclusion of “Born to Run”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “London Calling”, “Nevermind”, and “Exile on Main Street” in the top ten shows an understanding that rock and roll is an ever evolving concept that wasn’t innovated and complete by 1967. It’s a living, breathing thing that takes time, changes, and reinvents itself again and again through blues, punk, grunge, and electronic music.

    While I could lambast you for not including my favorite albums wholesale, that’s not the point. There is room for debate, but your list isn’t invalid because it doesn’t align with what my top 100 rock albums would be; it’s valid because it expresses your belief of the top 100 albums that make rock great

    1. Vinyl Junkie

      Agree on all fronts. I’m sure there is something in here that I haven’t heard before, so I’m looking forward to new discovery. And given that Sgt. Pepper’s usually makes the cut (and in the Top 5 of nearly EVERY other list!) there must have been some discussion about intentionally excluding it. Would love to hear from the “editors” about how that conversation unfolded.

    2. John

      BRAVO!!!, BRAVO!!! Finally, someone who understands this list. Too many people are thinking about personal favorites. We aren’t talking about albums that a small group of individuals listened to, we’re talking about albums that people, across the board, listened to. Still, there are some albums that are universally thought of being in the top 5, or top 10, 20, 50, 100, that have been omitted. Albums like Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”, The Beatle’s “Sgt. Peppers”, Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town”, Billy Joel’s “The Stranger, or his “52nd Street” albums. In addition, Yes’ “Close to the Edge” and “Roundabout”‘ have been left out.

      1. John

        Just a correction to my above reply to Taylor’s comments. The album by Yes in “Fragile”, not “Roundabout”, which was their big hit off of that album. Sorry–Brain Cramp!!!

  16. Dead Parrot

    No Queen (News of the World, Night at the Opera), No Journey (Escape), No Blue Oyster Cult (too many to name), No Jethro Tull (Aqualung is one of the best albums of all time)…

  17. El Duderino

    so you’re saying Rock arguably started with Revolver.
    what happened then to that band a year later in the summer of 67 ?
    oh, they released Sgt. Pepper, only the record that defined the 60’s and made serious people start appreciate that ‘weird’ music.
    i’m not saying it’s the #1 record ever but seriously ? ignoring it is just childish

    2 Van Halen ? gimme a break
    Blue is an amazing album, Rock it is not
    same for Pet Sounds but no big deal
    Lamb Lies Down one of my all time favs, but ignoring Court of the Crimson King ?
    Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible better than Tommy ?!
    and Let England Shake the best Rock album by PJ ? only white chalk is quieter
    the list goes on

    don’t get me wrong, i got about 90 of the 100 records here but nevertheless
    oh well, whatever. nevermind..

  18. Sidney Allen Johnson

    Horrible list. Revolver #1? Really? I do not understand critics fascination with “Exile On Main St.” and these things always over-represent the extremely over rated Springsteen. Toys in the Attic better than Rocks? A great argument can be made for Dark Side to be #1 with only Sgt. Pepper a worthwhile contender. But Daft Punk is on a greatest list? The Pixies? Nirvana a top 10? Thin Lizzy can make this list but not the Rock Hall? No…NO…NO!!!!! and then there is the matter of the failure to have either a “Destroyer” or Alive! on the list…THEIR bias was on display there…

      1. Ernesto San Giacomo

        I love Exile on Main Street. Own the CD and (gulp) Vinyl. However, I still rate Sticky Fingers, Beggar’s Banquet, and Let it Bleed, above it.

    1. Ernesto San Giacomo

      I’ve seen Revolver at #1 on other lists as well. I believe it was the top 500 list from Rolling Stone magazine from a few years ago. Yes, for me as well Revolver has taken the #1 slot over Sgt. Pepper. It certainly marks a “breaking point” as many of the original British Invasion bands couldn’t keep up with the changes implemented by the Beatles, and summarily became nostalgia lounge acts. Also a break from the early Beatles sound.
      On Revolver, the Beatles introduced alternative tunings, backwards tapes, and exotic instruments.
      Well, at least that’s why it’s an important album to me. However, personal taste will always prevail as to agreement / disagreement on lists.

  19. mlhesler

    Highway 61 revisited should be top 5. Marvin Gaye What’s going on also. Where’s Blow by Blow, Super Sessions, Cosmo’s Factory, East West, Santana, 461 Ocean Boulevard, Machine Head, Paranoid, Dirty Deeds, Can’t Buy a Thrill, just to name a few. Do you really know anything about music?

  20. Gray

    I love these lists, bit like soft porn. There will always be notable exceptions in any list so just get over it! Mine of course are: Easter Everywhere by the 13th Floor Elevators, #1 Record – Big Star, Crown of Creation-Ride, The Tindersticks debut, Songs from Northern Britain – Teenage Fanclub, Moon Safari-Air, The Boy with the Arab Strap – Belle & Sebastian, Between 10th & 11th-The Charlatans, Teenage Head-The Flamin’ Groovies, Forever Breathes the Lonely Word – Felt, 16 Lovers Lane – The Go Betweens, Cold Water Flat – Revolver, The Magical World of The Strands-Michael Head, Psychocandy-JAMC, Prehistoric Sounds-The Saints, No Other-Gene Clark, Foxbase Alpha-Saint Ettienne, The Gilded Palace of Sin-The Flying Burrito Brothers, I am the Cosmos-Chris Bell, John Barleycorn Must Die-Traffic, Meat Puppets II, Nine Types of Light-TVOTR, The Bends-Radiohead, The Pretenders debut, Rattlesnakes-Lloyd Cole, Road to Rouen-Supergrass, Spirit debut, Technique-New Order, Turtle Soup-The Turtles, Waterpistol -Shack, White Light White Heat-The Velvet Underground,

  21. paul mcateer

    Plus no pearl jam,ten has to be one of the best albums ever,and to have nirvana ahead of them,total disgrace,nirvana weren’t even the best grunge band ,plus no la women by the doors,the more I study the list the more I want to vomit

  22. ChrisB

    This is a bizarre list – dispense with the most influential album of all time why not – Sgt Peppers – but include Abbey Road ? No Hot Rats, Stand Up, Village Green Preservation Society, Hejira, Pawn Hearts or God Bluff, Big Pink, Five Leaves Left, Liege and Lief, CSN or Deja Vu, LA Woman, On the Beach, Quadrophenia, Fragile, this is just off the top of my head. I must live in a parellel world…

    Exile, Born to Run, Hotel California – you must be joking ….

  23. Dave Young

    I think that more than half of the albums don’t meet the definition of Rock, Of the 50 or so that do I own or have owned about 45. If you list were correct that number would closer to 90.

  24. Ed

    I understand Rushes 2112 but what about Moving Pictures? That has some classic rock stables on it that still get play today ; Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Red Barchetta, YYZ!?

  25. Glenn Peterson

    Oh boy……let me say though I agree with many of the selections, the snub of Sgt Pepper not even included in the Top 100 is mind blowing. If you were alive and listening to music in 1967 you know this was the game changer……it became the standard by which other albums were judged, even by the Beatles themselves. So this list is like a collection of 100 Greatest Films that doesn’t include Citizen Kane.

    Also….The first Led Zeppelin is another essential, as is anything by Janis Joplin. Sweetheart of the Rodeo by the Byrds is where country rock and modern country really began. And how about the greatest British folk rock record of them all, Liege and Lief by Fairport Convention?

    Other than that….

    1. Pete

      Geogert,I read you post regarding the 100 top albums. How about the oversight of Jethro Tull not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I started a page on Facebook back in October 2014 to bring attention to that fact. The class of 2016 Inductees for the HOF will be announced in September. If you agree,please visit & “like” my page: Induct Jethro Tull into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is has gotten a lot of support. Thanks,Pete

  26. William

    Replace Breakfast in America with Crisis What Crisis. Much more ground breaking. Ozark Mountain Daredevils should have multiple albums on this list. What about Three Dog Night who owned the late 60s and early 70s? Not passing this list forward as it’s terribly flawed.

  27. Mike Steuber

    Since when is Daft Punk, Pulp, Carol King or Joni Mitchell ROCK music? Nothing against what they play or really how great their albums are, but they do not belong to the genre rock. Daft Punk – Electro-Dance, Pulp – New age pop, Carol King – pop, Joni Mitchell – Folk, but most definitely not rock…

  28. steve

    Who made this lis? Whatt a friggin joke! Led Zeppelin has at least 5 albums that should be in the top 30, most of these albums i wouldn’t listen to unless I was forced to!

  29. Tunanorth

    Fun list to read, its really impossible to make lists like this, so applaud the effort no matter how many of “my own” favorites were left out.
    One observation, the slight “cultural divide” between the UK and USA, and the differing impacts some artists had on one side of the pond or the other.
    Such differences may account for some of the “Wha?’ comments.
    I have one great but forgotten band name for Brits and Yanks to re-discover: Buffalo Springfield.

  30. Angelo

    Yeah….lots of good stuff on the list. There were several that I’m not familiar with. Surprised to see Tommy so far back…..hella double-album in a number of ways. “Aqualung”, “Surrealistic Pillow”, “Pretenders” and “Stop Making Sense” not making the list is difficult to understand. It was FUN to read the list and the replies, with folks bringing up lots of really great albums. It’s cool to see music-lovers talk and share thoughts…..really is..These lists are always controversial. Oh well ……..

  31. Kev

    Best Albums of the Rock Era is not the same as Best Rock Albums of the Rock Era. You’ve picked the latter, but called it the former. The former should include Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Bassekou Kouyate, etc who have released incredible albums in the Rock Era.

  32. EB

    There is no “100 Greatest List” of anything in music. It’s all depends to us. But, This List is not a realistic list, the others told why this list is so far from “Greatests” in overall.

  33. Jeff Oakes

    JETHRO TULL, YES, KING CRIMSON, ELP, GENTLE GIANT, ZAPPA, MIKE OLDFILED, THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, ARTHUR BROWN, DREAM THEATER, FLOWER KINGS, PORCUPINE TREE, SPOCK’S BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC all together didn’t make it into top 100… Doesn’t this situation remind you of ROck’n’roll HAll of SHAME? This list, as well as the other lists it derives from, is an insult to rock music, aimed to neglect the originality and innovation, and praise the mainstream mediocrity.

  34. Neil Avey

    I agree with half of this list as a Seventies kid. But if I listed my top 100 everyone would knock that tio. Btw, your No 100 is my favourite. See what I mean?

  35. john mole

    Would Sgt. PEPPER MAKE YOUR TOP 200? SMH…Cmon it is #1. It meets your definition exactly. I know there is only 100 slots, and this is very subjective, but WHY????

  36. Edward

    For me excluding Sgt Pepper is strange – it’s a better, tighter album than the White Album for instance. I would find room for Fire and Water by Free, Highway to Hell by ACDC and two by Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath and Master of Reality. I’d also want to know about criteria for making such a list – sales (objective) vs quality of songwriting (subjective?) or musicianship (again subjective).

    1. Jeff Oakes

      Sales maybe objective criteria, but the least MUSICAL. If we talk about music we must discuss music. Therefore I’d like to see at least one of those lists were made on musical criteria which are CREATIVITY (both musical & poetic), ORIGINALITY, HISTORIC IMPACT, NOVICE balanced with the performing brilliance and skillful production. And these are not completely subjective issues.

  37. YesYesYes

    Great list but… Where is Yes? I’ve seen other list like this and I remember perfectly seeing Yes in or the 27 or 26 place. And I think The White Album is better than Revolver.

  38. George

    Really nice try but ..PJ Harvey,Arctic monkeys ,and Joy division all are there and no Frank Zappa…..no Rory Gallagher there also…
    Think of it …Zappa evolved music
    PJ HARVEY IN TOP 100 is outrageous…….

  39. Kevin Gratton

    Pet Sounds has always been highly over rated. George Harrison’a All Things Must Pass deserves a much higher position, perhaps in the top 20.

  40. Gilbert

    No Deep Purple? Emerson, Lake & Palmer? Rainbow?
    How about the European Progressive Rock bands Camel, Deyss, Eloy and Marillion.
    They all deserve at least one album on the list.

    Like several people said – to each their own.

  41. Dominic Pennachio

    Born to Run top ten – no way. Where is Grand Funk Closer to Home? Jethro Tull Aqualung? Bill Bruford – One of a Kind? Queen II? Beatles – Sgt. Pepper and Yesterday and Today? Frampton Comes Alive?

  42. Clayton Nimtz

    Oh come on, no Jethro Tull – not even Aqualung, but you include Hotel California that’s a rip off of a Tull song “We used to know”. Get real.

  43. Grumpy Cat

    You still have to work on the list. Nirvana is not rock, doesn’t belong here, or anywhere. Bon Jovi is glam rock, not for this list either. Red hot chili should be on the ‘white trash hip hop’ list. Rush should be under the ‘singers on helium’ list. Fleetwood Mac belongs to the ‘Soft, cheesy, romantic, elevator music genre’. Clean that list up.

  44. Pedro Escarela

    UFO – “Strangers un the night”
    Grand Funk Railroad – “Caught un the act”
    Pink Floyd – “Animals”
    Rush – “Moving pictures”
    Oasis – “Familiar to millions”
    Jethro Tull – “Thick as a brick”
    Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Pictures at an exhibición”
    Emersión, Lake & Palmer – “Tarkus”
    Santana – “Abraxas”
    Yes – “Close to the edge”
    Yes – “Fragile”
    Yes – “Relayer”
    Ten Years After – “A space in time”
    Ten Years After – “Shhhh!!!”

    And excuse me if i forget some others (that i like too)

  45. YakuzaMonkey

    None of the albums from The Stooges? Wtf? They fucking invented punk. Ramones, Sex Pistols and Clash woulnd’t even exist without them. Shitty list. Ow, and just one album from The Doors? Where is L.A Woman? Strange Days? Only one album from Led and one from Velvet? Why the fuck Van Halen have 2 albums? BON JOVI?? PFFTFTFTF Ridiculous

  46. jay

    No “Emerson Lake & Palmer”‘s Brain Salad Surgery???
    No Frank Zappa, only one album?
    No Ten Years After?
    No Grand Funk Railroad?
    No Jethro Tull?
    And finally, no YES?
    You must do rock rehab…

  47. Billy Auld

    Wishbone Ash’s ARGUS. I rest my case. This list is a nonsense when such a band as Wishbone Ash doesn’t get in the top 20, let alone the top 100.

  48. HIBSON JR

    This is the biggest joke i have ever seen how can u call this the top 100 ROCK ERA albums only 1 ZEPPELIN/FLOYD/SABBATH no YES/E.L.O/E/L.P/TROWER.

  49. bassman54

    no James Gang Rides Again? Workingman’s Dead? really? and I too don’t get the thrill some people get over Exile on Main St. Both Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers FAR superior albums in my humble opinion…..

  50. Robert

    Except for Bob, Prince and Jimi, pretty white as if the last 70 plus years of music was just a bunch of white guys with a few women thrown in for balance.

  51. Lisa

    Kraftwerk “Autobahn” created electronic music and the next two decades after it in terms of music technology and electronic music phrasing. I am in no way saying I don’t appreciate the more organic sound of a string or percussion instrument played by hand, and composing still belongs to people who play with their breath and hands till they hurt. But it was influential as hell.

  52. Chuck

    Cobain is probably rolling in his grave knowing Nirvana had been included in the top Ten…but not one Led Zeppelin album. who were heroes of his. Groundbreaking as Bowie, the Clash, Springsteen and Nirvana were, there are few Rock bands that have not in some way, directly or indirectly, been influenced by that album.

  53. Zvi Lando

    I can remember where I was when I first heard many of these albums – but – FUCK – half of these I have never heard! Who the fuck are these bands?
    “Tommy” in the 90s? Are you deaf? The “eagles”? What are you – a bunch of girls who were born in the late 60s?

  54. ken n.

    I realize that this is just a list whom everyone probably won’t agree with – I certainly don’t. No Steppenwolf, Ten Years After, JoJo Gunne, Bloodrock, Grand Funk, Mountain, Procol Harum, Blue Oyster Cult, Atomic Rooster, Rory Gallagher, Osibisa, Mama Lion, Birtha, Foghat, Climax Blues Band, Savoy Brown, “Love It to Death”, Colosseum, Hard Stuff, Funkadelic, Killing Joke, Uriah Heep, Quatermass, Shocking Blue, Babe Ruth, James Gang, UFO, Fairport Convention, Renaissance, Pentangle, Steeleye Span… : – ) Nice try, tho.

  55. Tony

    Top 100 ‘rock’ albums and we don’t have ‘Very Heavy Very Humble,’ ‘Aqualung,’ ‘Quadrophenia’ or Terrapin Station, pretty pi*s poor list, and yes the Beatles were good but 3 of the top four, that indicates laziness of the complier and from some of the picks a definite lack of musical taste!

  56. Leonard Mosher

    I don’t know what you used to qualify these choices and how the order from top to bottom was compiled, if it was total sales, total requests by on air radio or other ways but you surly missed some of the all time greats to include “Pink Floyd’s” Final Cut, I could go on and mention a lot more of my personal favorites but I try to keep in mind what is quality compositions by artists and surely there should have also been more “Frank Zappa” included in the mix. But then, this is just my opinion.

  57. Kelli

    “Lighten up Francis.” I think everyone commenting should make their OWN list, post it, then let everyone comment on it….but before you give us your list, make sure you let us know if it’s based on FACTS, or your opinion. If it’s based on fact, can’t argue with facts, if it’s based on opinion, well everyone has different opinions because of how the music touched them…doesnt mean it belongs on the list…and remember, its only the top 100…maybe your pick is # 101 or 110 or 200.

  58. Euan Wilkinson

    No Yes….yer havin’ a laugh!
    Also, no Crimson, Zappa, Little Feat, Gentle Giant, PFM, Roxy Music, Tim Buckley, Tull, VDGG, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Bjork, etc, etc…
    I know these are bands/artists, not albums but where oh where is Sgt Pepper, Quadrophenia, the Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Zep 2, Physical Graffiti, Selling England, Foxtrot, Bandstand, Trilogy, Wish you Were Here, the Wall, the Power & the Glory, Made in Japan, Hot Rats, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, LA Woman, Harvest, Heroes, Station to Station, Aladdin Sane, the Clash, Aqualung, the Man Machine, Sign O’ the Times, Hounds of Love, Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, etc, etc!
    Howzabout a top 1,000 the next time to right quite a few wrongs?

  59. Grateful Doug

    Euan hit it dead on. No Quadrophenia? No Wish You Were Here? No Hejira? No Sgt Pepper? Obviously none of you were there when it was happening.

  60. Dave Priestap

    No Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Cactus, Creedence Clearwater Revival or John Fogerty, Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Savoy Brown, Mountain, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Santana, and the list goes on and on.

    SERIOUSLY???

  61. Steve Holmes

    Beach Boys middle of the road easy listning Rock band ???? No question of Beatles credability But could you please swop Revolver with Exile you nearly got the top bit right
    This is a first glance comment I,m sure there is other listings up for debate but apreciate that peoples opinions differ

  62. GARYGROSS

    JETHRO TULL’S AQUALUNG IS EASILY TOP 5 ALBUM OF ALL-TIME, CROSBY, STILL, NASH & YOUNG’S DEJA VU IS RICHLY DESERVING AS IS THE BEATLE’S RUBBER SOUL WHICH IS MUCH BETTER THAN YOUR “1” REVOLVER, MOUNTAIN’S NANTUCKET SLEIGHRIDE, ALLMAN BROS. EAT A PEACH, JIMI HENDRIX’S AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE, DEREK & THE DOMINOES LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Gary Brewer

    I own copies of and am more than familiar with many albums from this list. (Pet Sounds, Revolver, Pretzel Logic, Dark Side…, Back in Black, etc.) Many others I have certainly heard of, but have not gotten around to giving them my valuable time. (Dylan, Stones, Sex Pistols) I have seen many of these titles on just about every other Best of .. lists. I enjoy reading these lists and know that all of my personal favorites will not make the cut (Time- ELO, Days of Future Passed,-Moody Blues and Fragile- Yes), but it gives me opportunity to open my mind and expand my musical experience. I never would have dreamed I loved The Beatles (anything) and the Beach Boys Pet Sounds without these lists lying around all the time.
    Thanks.

  64. Gerry

    At least a dozen songs that do not qualify as rock by your own standards. Tapestry is a great album but not rock by any stretch. No Kinks pretty much shows a complete lack of knowledge.

  65. SaltLakeSmitty

    Come on now. No Fleetwood Mac no Bob Seger no CCR no Zep. Comer on now get it together. Its like not having the Doobie Bro and Foreigner in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  66. SaltLakeSmitty

    Come on now. no Bob Seger no CCR no Zep. Comer on now get it together. Its like not having the Doobie Bro and Foreigner in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  67. Jeff Oakes

    I agree that REVOLVER maybe the very “record that made everyone start thinking differently about popular music” It turned the musical world upside down, therefore maybe it deserves the 1st place in this list. But where are the other albums that made the same impact in other ways – Deep Purple’s “Concerto for Group & Orchestra” & “In Rock”, YES “Close to the Edge”, KC “In the Court of the Crimson King”, GG “Octopus”, ELP ‘Tarkus”, PF “Atom Heart Mother”, S&G “Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme” FZ “Hot Rats”, DT “Images & Words”, Chicago’s 1st and so many others…. Who the hell are guns’n’roses & aerosmiths to be put ahead of King Crimson, Yes & Frank Zappa

  68. John Blair

    Some great albums on this list, but Best 100, I don’t think so. With lists like this, nobody is going to agree with the list. 2112 by Rush, but no Moving Pictures. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but no Captain Fantastic (my personal fave). No Jethro Tull (Minstrel In The Gallery should be here), Boston’s 1st album, Kansas Leftoverture album, and too many Beatles albums. OK they influenced many of todays artists, but there are many better albums. Sgt Pepper is regarded as the best Beatles album, but also doesn’t appear. I could go on for ages listing lots more.

  69. ray

    I learned a long time ago that by definition these lists are there to wind you up.
    Like people said no Sgt Pepper/ Smashing Pumpkin/ Eel and so on.
    Some lists put Robbie Williams and Take That above Good artists. Works though still winds me up.
    Dark side of the moon @ 12
    Springsteen @ 9 ?

  70. Tony Sweeting

    The problem with these ‘ top greatest’ ‘rock’ album compilations, are that, fun, though they are, and not to be taken too seriously of course,’100′ albums is always only going to be just a very tiny tip of a gigantic iceberg of extremely subjective opinions…and that is just the ‘rock’ genre alone ! (however one defines rock with it’s various hybrids)
    Although I would certainly agree with some choices, ( including some of the old chestnuts) that, without fail, will always turn up in these poles, there is a huge percentage of (IMO) important influential, some slightly left field albums missing ….
    Anyway, to name but a few ‘rock’ albums that haven’t been mentioned…….

    In The Court Of The Crimson King – King Crimson

    Lieg and leaf – Fairport Convention

    Third – Soft Machine

    Hot Rats – Frank Zappa

    Thick as a brick – Jethro Tull

    Octopus – Gentle Giant

    Foxtrot – Genesis

    Close to the edge – Yes

    Irish Tour 74′ – Rory Gallagher

    Live Dates – Wishbone Ash

    Doc at the radar station – Captain Beefheart

    Mirror Blue – Richard Thompson

    Tin Drum – Japan

    *******

  71. Colin

    This List is Rubbish. How about classic’s like Status Quo Live (classed as the greatest live recording of all time) Only 1 Pink Floyd, ACDC, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Led Zep, How about Def Leopard, Bon Jovi. Uriah Heep. The list goes on. How about the longest running chart Album of all time -BAT OUT OF HELL by Meatloaf, The Eagles………………………………………………….

  72. Joaquin Leoni

    Talkin Heads (77), Kula Shaker (K), Iron Maiden (Killers), Genesis (Abacab), King Crimson (The Construktion of the Light), Echo and The Bunnymen (Crocodiles), The Jesus and The Mary Chain (Psychocandy), Faith No More (Angel Dust), Suicidal Tendencies (Still Psycho ….. ), Kyuss (Welcome to the Sky Valley), Marillion (Misplaced Childhood), The Alan Parsons Project (I Robot), Tame Impala (Innerspeaker), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Take them on your own), Brian Jonestown Massacre (Who killed sgt Peppers), Sleep (Jerusalem), and the list goes on and on and on and on…..

  73. Elisdad44

    As music fan that actually was a living witness to this era having grown up in it. And even though I was still a young child when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, I would still sing along to every song of theirs and all the other bands that I saw for the first time on Sunday Night TV when they played on the radio. The first two albums that I ever purchased as a consumer with the allowance that my mom gave to me were Led Zeppelin 4 and Love it to Death by Alice Cooper, so of course I feel qualified to critique this every other list published on this sight, and I know in which order I’d rank these Albums listed here, as well as having my own feelings about omissions and unworthy inclusion. I could be wrong here, but I am thinking based on all the lists that I’ve seen on this site, that they are compiled by someone who is from a far more recent generation than my own. And my feeling is you can be a huge music fan and you might love this particular era as much if not more than anyone else on the planet. If you weren’t there then you don’t know how each and every Album on your list impacted those who were there. Yes you may be a great historian of this music, and you have probably read every review available, but you’d never be able to actually feel the emotional impact of these records. For instance, hardly anyone at all heard Forever Changes when it first came out, and I know I didn’t hear it till it started ranking consistently in top ten greatest rock records of all times lists sometime in the late 70’s, and by then I had a fairly hard time tracking it down as most copies had ended up as cutouts in the bargain bins. The same goes for any album by the Velvet Underground (though I did get to hear their first one when it came out, believe me most did not) or Astral Weeks, Trout Mask Replica and Marquee Moon,. Or did you know that Paranoid was almost universally hated by the critics of time even though it was intensely loved by almost every kid my age. If you were sitting around with you friends rolling up the devils weed while listening to music, you were certainly far more likely to be listening to Sgt. Pepper than any Beatles Album you have listed. And that Darks Side of the Moon was probably the most likely pick for that setting for the 5 or 6 generations of kids coming up behind you. I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you.

  74. Roberto

    No dude, Isn’t a good work …where are Ben Harper, Janis Joplin, Zappa, Santana….and just one about Bob Marley?…and Exodus or Live?… I’ve got some work for you, pump up the volume…..

  75. Gary

    There was no Steppenwolf at all.Even saw them in Germany when only sodiers and germans were there ALL singing: AMERICA where are you now ,don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t you know we need you know , we cant fight alone against the Monster.{1977}

  76. Kev

    “Elvis Presley” by Elvis Presley deserves at least a mention, being the seminal rock album and all. Granted, he didn’t write any of the songs but that was the only part of the music making process he didn’t do – he sang, played guitar and piano, he was also de facto producer and A&R man. And there are songs on there that deal with adult concerns, like paying rent or marriage – polyamory even! (“Tutti Frutti”, anybody?) – and “Heartbreak Hotel” is definitely not a disposable teeny-bopper song if you listen to it, plus take into account it was inspired by a suicide note. The album came out in the Northern Hemisphere spring of 1956 (a full decade before the summer of ’66) – if Elvis wasn’t ahead of his time on this one, then at least let’s agree all he laid the foundations and made rock happen.

  77. Danny

    Definetly not my favorite top 100 albums list either, but instead of slammin’ all the work this guy did putting it together, make up your own top 100 list and see what everybody else thinks of your list.

    1. Barry

      I agree with you Dan. lists are both subjective and open to criticism. there are albums on there I agree with and a lot that I don’t. I have a record collection that works for me….and that’s all that matters.

  78. paul

    Disappointed in your picks there that have nothing more than cult followings and surely won’t be remembered for any contributions made to rock. It is fairly easy to compile a list of 100 albums of 100 bands (most of which had a handful of albums that should make a true rockers list) that all have albums that sold platinum or better I can think of 10 that went diamond and were major influences to rock around the world. scratch this list and start again.. let me know if you need help.

  79. Eric Hall

    I run a classic rock show on French radio, and I have a mere 25 of these albums.
    Where’s Aqualung by jethro Tull?
    Where’s Fragile by Yes?
    Where’s Thank Christ For The Bomb by the Groundhogs?
    Where’s Ragged Glory by Neil Young?
    Where’s Live by Colosseum?
    Where’s On The Road by Traffic?
    Joachim Kraudelat was born in Russia and lived in Germany and Canada, although you never would have thought so.by looking at this list.

  80. John McT

    The bottom 40 are for the most part terrible and do not belong. J Geils live, Bob Seger had an incredible double live album, the Doors- L.A woman, not a huge Beatle fan but yea Sgt Pepper belongs on this list, Too Much Too Soon by the New York Dolls, even some Alan Parsons beats most of the bottom picks here. I can live with your top 50 or 60 in diff order but all in all a failing grade for a sad list.

  81. MIRCEA666

    U DISCOVER STUPIDITY !!!…2 ALBUMS FROM THE OVERRATED nirvana AND u2 , AND ONLY 1 FROM LED ZEPPELIN , DEEP PURPLE , BLACK SABBATH , PINK FLOYD , GENESIS , ,QUEEN AND NONE FROM YES ? JETHRO TULL ? EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER ? KING CRIMSON ?

  82. Kirk Koster

    It’s getting soooooooo old seeing Nirvana in the top 100 period, let alone at #8. This band was the most overrated in rock ever. Just seeing that takes all legitimacy from your list so I won’t even waste my time with the rest.

  83. Ernie

    There is A LOT of crap on that list!! Some I wouldn’t even classify as music.
    You should replace some with these:

    Yes – Close To the Edge
    Montrose – Montrose
    Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs
    Ten Years After – A Space In Time
    Humble Pie – Rockin’ The Fillmore
    ELO – El Dorado
    Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get
    The Who – Quadrophenia
    Deep Purple – Who Do We Think We Are
    Emeron, Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery
    UFO – Lights Out
    Peter Gabriel – Security
    Procol Harum – Broken Barricades
    Fleetwood Mac – Future Games
    Roxy Music – Avalon
    Moody Blue – On the Threshold of a Dream

    1. Ernie

      Add to my list:
      Crosby, Still, Nash and Young – Deja Vu

      The trouble with “Top” lists is that it is so subjective. But there are LPs on this list that do not qualify as “rock” some don’t even qualify as music.
      Some of the LPs I’d remove are Daft Punk, Television, The Smiths, Radiohead (the most over-rated band in history), Guns and Roses (the second most over-rated band in history), Pulp,Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Manis Street Preachers, Blur, Primal Scream. Thses clearly do not have the popularity and staying power of “top LPs”. And if it’s a “top” list… that HAS TO be a qulaifying detail.

    2. steveo

      bad list folks. Peter Frampton live , the number one live album. No quicksilver, airplane, bob dylan, man now i know why i stopped rocking and rolling, because of people who know nothing of it. Just my two cents and over 507 concerts, 4807 cds and over 10000 lps in my collection
      right on ernie if with ya

  84. Ernie

    And why the HELL is Led Zeppelin 1 not on this list? THE best debut LP in rock history, and still today on of the most popular rock LPs (as is LZII). Whoever put this list together has no concept of what quality rock and roll is.

  85. Jyri Mikkola

    Uriah Heep: Salisbury, Wake the Sleeper ; Kingston Wall: II ; Jethro Tull: Benefit, Minstrel in the Gallery, Catfish Rising ; Free: Heartbreaker ; Wishbone Ash: Wishbone Ash ; Ten Years After: Rock & Roll Music to the World ; Eppu Normaali: Rupisia Riimejä Karmeita Tarinoita, Peer Günt: Backseat ; Midnight Oil: Diesel and Dust, Blue Sky Mining, Earth and Sun and Moon ; Big Country: The Seer ; Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction; Santana: Santana ; Boycott: Boycott ; Def Leppard:High´N Dry, Pyromania ; Judas Priest: Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings of Destiny ; Lapko:Love ; The Cult: Sonic Temple ; and so many more…

  86. johnnykmusic

    A decent list, but methinks someone hit puberty in 1966 (I do not get the start date at all; for example, Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited released in 1965). And am I not seeing Cosmo’s Factory?

  87. RobD

    Electric Warrior by T.Rex should be in there. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd surely? I’d have the Pleasure Principle by Numan, hugely influential.

  88. Vas

    If this parametre is for real:

    “It’s music that is more ‘grown up’ than Pop, demands more of a listener’s attention and is definitely not disposable”

    Where the hell is “Aqualung”? (or any Tull LP, for that matter…)

  89. kevin

    try doing this again but with someone that knows the difference between rock, pop, easy listening and punk. Carol King, The Smiths and many others that ive never even heard of shouldnt be on the list. im 59 years old and i lived through the many phases of rock.

  90. massimo

    listGrateful dead American beauty ? Yes Fragile? Blue Oister cult 1°? Iron Maiden The number of the beast? Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow? Velvet Underground VU? King Crimson In the court of the Crimson King? CSN&Y live 1974? Emerson Lake and Palmer? Cream? Gentle Giant? Tom Petty ? Traffic? Van Morrison? Zappa?…………bad bad bad list. Go to play another job…..sorry

  91. Nick

    I think at least one of Stevie Nick’s first three solo albums should have been included! Bella Donna perhaps might be the best candidate. She is the queen of rock and at the time of Bella Donna being put out, she was at an all time career high.

    Also – Carole King, Tapestry DOES belong on this list. It rocks for so many people. A classic that has stood the test of time. She’s a great songwriter and throaty vocalist.

    Rolling Stones – Tattoo You is a bluesy and jazzy rock album that could have been on here including the gems Start Me Up and Waiting on a Friend.

  92. Steeler Bob

    Obviously, any top 100 list on this subject
    requires 1000 entries!
    For starters, I’m addin’
    J.A. VOLUNTEERS!!!
    PUT THAT IN YER PIPE ‘N SMOKE IT!

  93. Shawn

    A couple of glaring omissions.

    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet
    ZZ Top: Deguello
    The Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers Band
    Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska
    Jethro Tull: Aqualung
    John Cougar: American Fool

  94. Morriswrath

    Hai hai hai, how many missing!
    VDGG Pawn Hearts, Wishbone Ash Argus, M.O. Tubular Bells, Yes close to the edge and many other, i think that’s must some tied!

  95. Leo

    Does nobody remember Buddy Holly? I’ll bet it you asked most of the members of these bands who inspired them, most would include Buddy Holly. AND Bruce Springsteen said his biggest influence was Elvis. I have news for you guys, they belonged to Rock.

  96. steveo

    bad list folks. Peter Frampton live , the number one live album. No quicksilver, airplane, bob dylan, man now i know why i stopped rocking and rolling, because of people who know nothing of it. Just my two cents and over 507 concerts, 4807 cds and over 10000 lps in my collection

  97. MDL

    This list was compiled by a halfwit who has about as much knowledge of Rock Music as I have of extraterestial micro biology……what qualifications do they have or did they just go round the office and ask their mates “whats your favourite album”…you could loose 30% of these and that would still leave some that are questionable…….find someone with a knowledge and understanding of what they’re doing to compile your lists before you commit them to print!

  98. dave 524

    At 65 now, feel the Beatles highly over rated, rarely listen to them today but still lay my old Cream and other blues influenced stuff of their era, no way they should be with 3 in the top 10. Where is Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus??? top ten material for sure. Van Morrison -Astral Weeks would be in my top 5, actually like it better now than 50 years ago.

  99. James

    Not a bad list. I don’t agree with all the choices, but I think a lot of them deserve to be on there. I would have liked to have seen a Little Feat on there, maybe Dixie Chicken.

  100. mnt1974

    The rock era began in 1966?? Says who?? And you forgot Highway 61 Revisited, but I guess since its 65 it must not be rock as, apparently rock was a year away.

  101. What R U Smokin?

    Sgt Pepper? NOT on the list? Only the most influential album ever. Ziggy Stardust #10 – Really? More like bottom 50. Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, The Clash and the Sex Pistols should also be bottom 50. Neil Young ‘After The Goldrush’ at #41? Carol King ‘Tapestry’ at #42? Both should be in the top 20 easily. ‘Tapestry’ only sold about 100 million copies and stayed in the top 100 for something like 20 years as the top selling record of all time. I guess that don’t count. Who the F&#k are The Stone Roses? Pulp? My Bloody Valentine? Joy Division? Did you make those up? Daft Punk? The Smiths? No Jethro Tull? No ELP? No Yes? Where are The Kinks? Tom Petty? Billy Joel?

  102. Dave Mack

    Any list like this is completely bogus unless I see Rory Gallagher in the top 10, if not the top 5. There is way too much talent missing from this list. Then again, most lists like this that are made up of the “Top 100” of anything, is usually done without the required knowledge/experience to do so. I would prefer a list of the “Top Whatever Number” music acts in no particular order. That is what is great about music, we all have a “favorites list” of musicians/bands that may not jive with anyone else. My list can change on a moments notice depending on the mood I’m in at the time.

  103. Aafon

    LET’S FACE IT…..It’s all subjective. wE CAN GO ON FOREVER AND STILL NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY. Journey to the center of the Earth, where is SRV for god’s sake, CSN&Y, only one Led Zep????? Just make your own top 100.

  104. Grahame North

    Interesting list, but these things are always subjective anyway. However, it is called the top 100 “rock” albums isn’t it? Carole King, Beach Boys, etc.??? Fans of their music, but they’re not rock… People like Led Zep, Deep Purple, Hendrix, AC/DC etc should then be closer to the top of the list.

  105. ClassicRocker

    I call BS on this list. Where’s Pat Benetar, Foreigner, Boston, Styx, Kansas, Journey, Def Leppard, or Reo Speedwagon? They leave all these classics out and include groups/people no one has ever heard of like – Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Pixies, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, and Joy Division. Disgusting!

  106. William

    How can Ziggy Stardust and Nirvana be higher on the list than Rumours and The Doors “the Doors”? I am with Classic Rocker on the content of this list. Silly, really.

  107. JD

    Although Led Zep’s 4th album has STH, arguably their greatest song, their 1st album was overall far better than the 4th album overall. And how could anyone put together a Top 100 album without including Rubber soul and Sgt. Pepper. My gosh, you lost all credibility that can’t be made up by throwing us Beatles’ fans a bone with thet John Lennon album or Paul’s Band on the run, both good albums, but not great like Rubber soul or Pepper. Actually how could you not include “Meet the Beatles” (the US version) or Beatles for Sale (British version) n the Top 100. Sheer sales numbers would tell anyone that they should be in the Top 100. Kansas’ Leftoverture is also better than most of the albums you listed and yet no mention of that masterpiece. Styx Grand Illusion was also overlooked… how could you? I could go on and on but you get the idea. You screwed up, big time! Hey, but on the positive side, a lot of the albums you listed deserved to be on the list! 🙂

  108. georgia

    Wings instead of Tom Petty? I thought this was rock and roll. Tom Petty has proven himself,The Beatles are on here enough so as not to hurt PMs feelings,so correct this.Also one of the best rock concerts I ever saw was ELP.

  109. Richard P. Spinoza Qukalón,.-

    I desagree with this selections of the Best or Greatest 100 albums of Cassical Rock.I consider that there are to many more important classic Albums; not put on list; As : Sgt.Peppers,of The Beatles; 2nd.Album of Led Zeppelin; Grand Funk, Rare Earth,Yes-Fragile,ELP,Pink Floyd,Dark Side of the World, and so much more,that i don´t remember rigth now,.-

  110. reg

    Iron Butterfly ( In a Gadda Da Vidda ) ??? Vanilla Fudge.??? Jeff Beck ??? Manfred Mann ??? There should be a list for progressive rock.Too many good records that could easily be a list by itself.

  111. pepe siena

    i can not believe that bands as scorpions or led zep are not in your 100 chart. this is seriuos? many of the groups you state have lots of influence from them and never will do scorpions or led zep carreer nor quality in musicians, arranges, sound, and lyrics, never mind scorpions or led zeb concerts, that were faboulus!! obvius your chart is not serious, if you put from u2 auchtung baby and you forget war or the unforgettable fire!! you need to listen lots of music first to make a chart as this poor one, sorry!

  112. mike

    Releases that have high sales amounts do not necessarily equate to greatness…Many of the ones listed, appealed to the masses. And yes, many of them belong on the list….But are they the greatest of all time ? hardly…..There are hundreds of others that are better in both talent, and creativity. I would go far as to say that 80% of the greatest albums of all time have rarely been played on the media…Plus, it is a matter of taste…Many don’t care for the Beatles. I don’t understand the constant love affair with the Clash…I see nothing of any value in them. One person told me Hendrix is over rated…Is he an idiot? No, just has a different view.

  113. brett freeman

    No offense but please, remove yer heads from wherever you’ve stuck them – you’ll breathe better! Nirvana!? Top ten!? 90 some spots before Transformer?

    You did say rock ‘n roll, correct?
    No Elvis, Tull, Airplane, Quicksilver, Moody Blues or Traffic!? Really? No Zappa or Big Brother?

    How is Rumours even on any list of ‘great rock albums’? I like Fleetwood Mac but try Kiln House or even Penguin, something less pop.

    And I would have thrown in Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus as well. And where the hell is Highway 61 Revisited? And After the Gold Rush? And that commercial Born to Run before Greetings From Asbury Park?

    How old are you guys? You need to hire some guys that remember huddling around a record player listening to say the Pictures of Matchstick Men 45 and talking about how psychedelic it sounds!

  114. pete cosmic

    thats the Truth!!!!! 🙂
    1. Sergeant Pepper
    2. Space Oddity
    3. A Night at the Opera
    4. Dark side of the Moon
    5 Electric Ladyland
    6 The Inner Mounting Flame
    7. Electric Warrior
    8. Quadrophenia
    9. Thick as a Brick
    10. After the Goldrush

    1. pete cosmic

      First cause: The Beatles formed the greatest Rock Revolution ever
      second: David Bowie was an incredible Chameleon and formed since the 70’s every year a new Rock Rhythm Blues Glam Character/Style he was everything in once
      third: Freddie is/was the greatest Voice in Rock History!

  115. Jim Gray

    It’s quite simple for me. I agree with so many of the complaints about great classics omitted here, but when I see a list like this, I just look to see if Easter Everywhere by the 13th Floor Elevators is included, and if not, I just move on, as it was obviously compiled by people with a shallow knowledge of the genre. You just pick the popular faves with no original thought.

  116. Mikey Ige

    I normally don’t post any comments on these community type posts. Everyone has their own personal taste, Likes and opinions, but I strongly felt a gross oversight occurred here. No Traffic- Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Blind Faith and Cream- Wheels of Fire.

  117. Ernesto San Giacomo

    Lists will always be controversial for the simple reason that they are meant to increase website traffic. The amount of responses to this list shows that this one was successful. Of course listings on personal blogs are quite different.
    As an indie author, my blog has to be all about writing and me. Without being an egotistical narcissistic maniac. I do have some lists of *my* favorite films. from the 60’s, 70’s et al. Even though there’s a heavy stress on the word “my” some people still comment with disbelief that one of their favorites wasn’t listed.
    And so it goes…

  118. Nancy Lyford

    Really surprised that the Jefferson Airplane’s “Surrealistic Pillow” is not on this list. Also no Jackson Browne. I don’t know why any heavy metal is on here. I don’t really consider it rock or even music. Where is Jethro Tull? They certainly belong on the list. So many others I could come up with. Why is “Rubber Soul” by The Beatles not in the top few? It should be ahead of “Revolver” and “Abbey Road”, though those do belong here. “Rubber Soul” was such a change in The Beatles music. There are also many British rock bands missing, such as The Searchers, The Kinks, and I could go on and on, but won’t, for now.

  119. Anderson Brown

    Zappa, Over-Nite Sensation; Neil Young, Zuma; Clash, Sandinista (vs. London Calling); Doors, eponymous first album; Steppenwolf, Monster; Dead, Europe ’72; Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow; Ramones should be in, the one with “I Wanna Be Sedated”; I agree that Exile on Main Street is a masterpiece; agree that Revolver and Rubber Soul are the big breakthrough; lots more Zappa, Young, Stones and Dylan albums are worthy, Zappa is the biggest hole; Tom Waits? maybe Nighthawks at the Diner; Yes is a big hole, first album and Fragile; the good thing about lists is not the ranking which is always and inevitably completely bollox including at present, but that you might spot something you don’t know or have forgotten. Age is a huge factor no getting around that.

  120. Stanisław wolski

    Colosseum Live,Vanilla Fudge Rennaissance,Cactus,Live Dead,Traffic John Burleycorn,Family A song for me,Bloodwyn Pig Gettin to this,King Crimson In the court of the Crimson King, Jethro tull Stand up,Bob dylan and Band Before the flood,Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic pillow ,Chicago transit authority, Hooker and heat, Fleetwood mac Then play on,Manfred Mann Chapter three.

  121. Joel Antkowiak

    This list is just bogus. Where in the heck is Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band? Did I miss it? Hi Infidelity by REO Speedwagon? Boston – by Boston-probably the best debut album ever. Scarecrow by John Mellencamp should certainly be on there as well, along with Escape by Journey.

  122. Earl

    There are so many omissions, CCR, Tull, Yes, etc, but there are two albums in my Top 10 that need to be mentioned. Spook Tooth’s “Spooky Two” and “Captain Beyond”. These are two of the best albums ever recorded. I’d also like to mention three local bands from my home area that never got the recognition they deserved, Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, The Iron City House Rockers, and especially The Michael Stanley Band.

    1. Mikey Ige

      I agree with Captain Beyond. I have 2 copies of the 3D cover and a copy of 2D. Raging River of Fear and Dancing Madly Backwards. As for Spooky Tooth, Last Puff’s my fave. I Am the Walrus, classic version.

  123. Bruce Kelly

    As all lists concerning Rock and Roll, there are so many different views on which albums should be in a top 100 list. We all carry baggage as to when and where we first heard a particular group or song, and it is very hard to criticize someones picks for their list.

    I do not happen to agree with this list, for the most part. My influences are varied and during my informative years, I was traveling the world listening to everything out there. My list would include quite a few changes from udiscovermusic picks. All in all, we all have different opinions and I commend them for their nice try.

  124. Thomas Clahane

    Not a totally horrible list- much is good- but leaving out “Thick s A Brick” by Tull is not forgivable. Also, not the best choice for the Byrds- although “Notorious” is a great album-“Sweetheart” much more important, as is “Younger Than Yesterday”–and where, oh where, is “Last Time Around” by Buffalo Springfield? Should be in the top 10!

  125. Darrell Parks

    Sgt. Peppers, still #1. Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed. NO SRV? BTW, SRV gets shafted on “Best Guitar Player also. But lists like this will always short someone who deserved it.

  126. Patrick Longworth

    I am sorry but you have completely lost all credibility with me; you claim all sorts of research, claim to be exclusive to rock (whose definition of rock?), and you want us to stand up and applaud you?

    I give two thumbs down to this entire list and to your so-called intentions. A waste of time to read and look over (it took me seconds).

    Perhaps you could try again and research all eras, not just your favorites? Perhaps you could acknowledge that, for some, grunge is not rock but grunge? Perhaps you could acknowledge that not everyone wants to listen to music created by drug addled musicians as much as by those who know how to create with all their faculties intact?

    I think very few if any of these examples are among my favorites, not that I claim to be an expert on rock but I know what I like and enjoy.

  127. Patrick Longworth

    I found perhaps 9 on this list that I’ve heard and possibly enjoyed. I don’t know how you go about your criteria but this list makes me think I will block articles from your site from now on.

  128. Eric Hall

    I own 31 of these. But what on earth are all of these Beatles albums doing on here? And there’s a load of other stuff that doesn’t belong on here too. But why is there no Jethro Tull, no Yes, no Man?

  129. Captain

    Rock Era? When’s that? I listened to Doors LA Woman and Morrison Hotel, Led Zeppelin 1-4, Stones – Sticky Fingers, Cream’s Fresh Cream and Wheels of Fire, Jefferson Airplane’s – Surrealistic Pillow, Zappa’s – We’re Only In It for the Money, Overnight Sensation, Hot Rats
    i’d forget billion dollar babies, all things must pass, genesis, band on the run etc. really? – still listen to this crap? Led Zeppelin 1 and LA Woman still crackle!

  130. Brad

    What the hell? I don’t disagree the Beatles own at least 3 of the top 5. But led zeppelin II was a top 5 album and Led Zep IV was a top 15er. Dark side of the moon at 12? Nevermind for me wasn’t even the greatest grunge album and you don’t even have that on the list of 100. But nothing Nirvana done was even close to Led Zeppelin”s best 4 albums.

  131. Jezeebel

    Guys who list the 100 top best ever album from anywhere (you can find zillions of those list on youtube) don’t know how to play any instrument, don’t know even what a C7maj is. At the moment that you have a little musical theory, you probably wouldn’t list things like tons of bullshit like this one has). That means, they dont have template or qualification to vote what the best are. They only suggest their own poor musical acknowlege. Don’t take that serious. They take some titles from list of other guys and put together (they don’t even have listened to the album itself, they don’t know how the album sounds, they don’t know how the circumstances the album was recorded etc..). Musically talking by entire album >>> where’s Relayer YES? No Aqualung? Ok ok… there are 2 + Nirvana. I Laugh!

  132. Richard C.

    WTF!!! Who wrote this list???? Where’s Led Zeppelin’s 1,2,3 or 4, Styx’s Equinox, Boston’s Boston, Santana’s Santana, Abraxas, or Santana lll, Jethro Tull’s Aqualung or Thick as a Brick, Chicago’s Chicago, Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy a Thrill or Aja, Steppenwolf’s Steppenwolf, etc. Meh!!!!!!!!

  133. Jim Fisher

    How is Bob Dylan’s “Freewheelin'” not on this list? A casual view of the song list on that album reveals how trite some of these other choices are. The songs & the words on “Freewheelin'” CREATED the 60’s music that was & lead to nearly every other album on this list. Far less important … how does “Tommy” come in so far down this list (number 92)? It created a genre & is still some of the most played music around. This List is a personal editorial of the Compilor of the list … not a serious analysis.

    1. Joe Zonie

      Totally agree. That Captain Beefheart album is totally unlistenable. And no Cosmo’s Factory from Creedence. I wouldn’t waste my time of day on half of those albums.

  134. Spider-Man

    Bridge of Sigh Robin Trower comes to mind. Bread Fan by Budgie. Nice list but it’s yours and it’s not the top 100. No Bob Seger or the Eagles aND Jackson Brown is no slouch. Jim Steinman and Meatloaf put out one hellva an album. And long John Baldry should be there. E.L.O. and Santana….the list goes on and on.

  135. Perry

    It’s not a terrible list. I disagree with a lot of it, but heck…no one would 100% agree with it. Kudos for putting The Band up there. The Stones had good songs, but I don’t really think they had good albums. Very clever ranking of The Beatles albums. I loved Blind Faith’s only album. A 65 year old would vote for different albums than a 55 year old would. And the 45 year old’s choice would also be different. Maybe have separate lists for each age group? Thanks for taking the effort.

  136. Howard

    Ok, being a big Byrds’ fan, my question is how can Notorious Byrd Brothers make this list over Younger than Yesterday, Mr, Tambourine Man, Fifth Dimension or Turn Turn Turn? Especially, Younger than Yesterday. No Kinks, or Moody Blues either?

  137. hnklbn

    not a bad list but maybe we should all list our Top 100 albums but then tally the results. Personally, U2 “Boy”, Pink Floyd “The Wall” and numerous others were obviously omitted. Nice try though; thanks for sharing.

  138. Alan Peter Seger

    Where is Iggy and the Stooges Raw Power? It’s sure to come runnin’ to you.
    For David Bowie, the correct choice is Aladdin Sane.
    Alice Cooper – Killer or Love It To Death
    ELP – Brain Salad Surgery
    Yes – Close To The Edge
    Jeff Beck – Wired
    Queen – Queen (first album)

  139. Andy

    No Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain , Jefferson Airplane,…. sad sad sad what kind of list is this ? Grand Funk Railroad were and they still are top american band or they were most the following band in 70’s with a such great albums like Closer To Home, Red Album, E Pluribus Funk, On Time and classic We’re an American Band and Shinin’ On and Mountain’s top albums Climbing and Nantucket Sleighride and where is Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Crown of Creation,… and many more.

  140. bruno

    God there’s some absolute shite on this list.
    Patti Smith ??? for fucks sake.TWO U2 albums ? They hardly made half a dozen decent tunes .
    other contributors have made many significant omissions.
    if this is the top 100,i have literally just wasted my life

  141. Peter

    There is only one Led Zeppelin, and it came in at #21? Do you know how influential Zeppelin was in the historical sense, not to mention the influence they had on most of these artists on this list?

  142. Trond Steine

    yeah ok, great albums, a lot really quite boring,so what about Robin Trower,( Bridge of Sighs), Midnight Oil (Powderworks) and Lou Reed ( Rock and Roll Animal) and more

  143. Sean Kaye-Smith

    Hang on, did I read that right? Guns and Roses are better than the Edgar Broughton Band AND Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen? When did that happen?

  144. Jim

    I totally agree with Peter re Led Zepplin.They were and still are one of the most influentual groups and are still outselling a lot of these artists in your top100.This list is a load of shit and a complete waste of time.

  145. Common Sense

    The idea that daft punk, arcade fire, arctic monkeys, and plenty of other modern hipster nonsense is on here is pretty sad. Maybe it’s from citing bad sources but there should be some common sense moderation in that.

    Obvious albums missed: sgt pepper, rubber soul, literally any Beatles album over some of these, in through the out door, the rest of Led Zeppelin, fleet wood Mac, rumors, aqualung, boston’s first two, queen, traffic, Simon and Garfunkle, more dire straits, more Bruce Springsteen, billy Joel, more Clapton… I won’t even get into the order

    If you define it weirdly it could maybe make sense to exclude the 50s folks like Elvis, chuck berry, buddy holly, Roy Orbison, etc but that’s silly. Same goes for a group like talking heads

    Also this may be more personal taste but if you’re going to include less classic modern groups there are far better ones than daft punk: blues traveler, Dave Matthews band, gin blossoms, spin doctors, counting crows, muse… the list goes on

  146. wunderdog

    Your list defies logic: Three Beatles albums in the top five, but none in the bottom 95? That might be OK if both Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band weren’t both widely acknowledged to be masterpieces and yet somehow absent from this ranking.

  147. Val

    Fun list. Agree with over half the selections in the Top 40… after that I do find some of my favorites further down… sometimes much further down. But that is ‘art’… it is in the eye or ear of the beholder.

  148. Gino

    Nothing new here. Too much Beatles and few too many non-rock types. A little more research about what is an influential album would have included a couple recordings from Zappa. Then King Crimson, Tim Buckley, Chicago Transit Authority, CCR, Humble Pie, Rare Earth, Roxy Music, Traffic, War, Tom Waits and Harmonium (french Canadian). Where are Mashmakhan and Babe Ruth? I say half of the ones you listed wouldn’t be there without the influence of the ones I just listed. Start listening to the ones you missed and come back with something new!

  149. Rey Henningham

    Hope not to be rude.
    Publishing this list is a big offense to the Great musician and Bands of all times. First of all, contributions to this list should be done by fans over 50.
    Where are The Beach Boys, Grand Funk “Closer to Home” should be one of the Tops, Led Zeppelin II, Chicago, Yes, Black Sabbath, The Band, Stepenwolf, Alice Cooper, Cream and a lot more.

  150. Allan Emery

    Greatest? What does that even mean? Most iconic? Best? Popular? Influential? I am convinced that there was no consistent criteria used. There is no way that any knowledgeable music historians would put them in this order. I agree that every album on this list is important in the ream of Rock, but you will have to work harder to order them properly. Not including Sgt. Peppers and Court of the Crimson King is just horrible oversight.

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