Best Albums of All Time: Ranked

I collected over 32 lists of the “Best Albums of All Time”, “Greatest Albums…”, “Most Important Albums…” from books, magazines and the Internet and combined them into one meta-list.  Here are the results: every album on three or more of the original source lists, organized by rank (that is, with the albums on the most lists at the top).  Albums on the same number of lists are arranged chronologically.

NOTE 1: These are not my personal opinions.

NOTE 2: The “Best Albums” lists I found focus on pop, r&b, hip hop and the many permutations of rock, with occasional nods to other genres (jazz, folk, country). To make up for the many missing genres, I have created other music meta-lists for classical, jazz, blues, hip hop, country, and world music. If you’re looking for Best Songs meta-lists, I’ve created some of those, too: rock/pop, etc., country, and hip hop.

On 32 Lists

The Beatles  Revolver  (1966)

On 31 Lists

The Beatles  The Beatles [White Album] (1968)

On 30 Lists

The Beach Boys  Pet Sounds (1966)


The Beatles  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)


Led Zeppelin  [Led Zeppelin IV] (1971)


David Bowie  The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)


Nirvana  Nevermind (1991)

On 28 Lists

The Beatles  Rubber Soul (1965)

On 27 Lists

The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Are You Experienced? (1967)


The Rolling Stones  Exile on Main St. (1972)


Fleetwood Mac  Rumours (1977)


The Clash  London Calling (1980)

On 26 Lists

The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)


The Beatles  Abbey Road (1969)

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Marvin Gaye  What’s Going On (1971)


Sex Pistols  Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)

On 25 Lists

Pink Floyd  The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)


Michael Jackson  Thriller (1982)

On 24 Lists

Bruce Springsteen  Born to Run (1975)

On 23 Lists

Bob Dylan  Highway 61 Revisited (1965)


Ramones  Ramones (1976)

On 22 Lists

The Doors  The Doors (1967)


The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Electric Ladyland (1968)


The Rolling Stones  Let It Bleed (1969)


The Who  Who’s Next (1971)

On 21 Lists

Bob Dylan  Blonde on Blonde (1966)


Van Morrison  Astral Weeks (1968)


The Rolling Stones  Sticky Fingers (1971)


Bob Dylan  Blood on the Tracks (1975)


AC/DC  Back in Black (1980)


Prince & the Revolution  Purple Rain (1984)

On 20 Lists

U2  The Joshua Tree (1987)

ok computer
Radiohead  OK Computer (1997)

On 19 Lists

David Bowie  Hunky Dory (1971)


Patti Smith  Horses (1975)


The Smiths  The Queen Is Dead (1986)


U2  Achtung Baby (1991)


R.E.M.  Automatic for the People (1992)

On 18 Lists

Neil Young  After the Gold Rush (1970)


Stevie Wonder  Songs in the Key of Life (1976)


Public Enemy  It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

On 17 Lists

The Band  The Band (1969)


Joni Mitchell  Blue (1971)


Paul Simon  Graceland (1986)

On 16 Lists

Miles Davis  Kind of Blue (1959)


Bob Dylan  Bringing It All Back Home (1965)


Led Zeppelin  Physical Graffiti (1975)


Television  Marquee Moon (1977)


Prince  Sign o’ the Times (1987)


Guns n’ Roses  Appetite for Destruction (1987)


Pearl Jam  Ten (1991)

On 15 Lists

Love  Forever Changes (1967)

beggars banquet
The Rolling Stones  Beggars Banquet (1968)

Led_Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin  Led Zeppelin II (1969)


Stevie Wonder  Innervisions (1973)

wish-you-were-album-cover
Pink Floyd  Wish You Were Here (1975)

off the wall.jpg
Michael Jackson  Off the Wall (1979)

On 14 Lists
VanMorrison Moondance
Van Morrison  Moondance (1970)

Simon_and_Garfunkel,_Bridge_over_Troubled_Water_(1970)
Simon & Garfunkel  Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

Carole_King_-_Tapestry
Carole King  Tapestry (1971)

The_Clash_UK
The Clash  The Clash (1979)

Pink_Floyd_-_The_Wall
Pink Floyd  The Wall (1979)

Stoneroses
The Stone Roses  The Stone Roses (1989)

Jeff_Buckley_grace
Jeff Buckley  Grace (1994)

Oasis_-_(What's_The_Story)_Morning_Glory_album_cover
Oasis  (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)

On 13 Lists
James_Brown-Live_at_the_Apollo_(album_cover)
James Brown  ‘Live’ at The Apollo (1963)

Otisblue
Otis Redding  Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)

music from big pink
The Band  Music From Big Pink (1968)

Trout_Mask_Replica
Captain Beefheart  Trout Mask Replica (1969)

Led_Zeppelin_-_Led_Zeppelin_(1969)_front_cover
Led Zeppelin  Led Zeppelin (1969)

lou reed transformer
Lou Reed  Transformer (1972)

Elton_John_-_Goodbye_Yellow_Brick_Road
Elton John  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

TalkingHeads RemaininLight
Talking Heads  Remain in Light (1980)

Radiohead the bends albumart
Radiohead  The Bends (1995)

Odelay
Beck  Odelay (1996)

On 12 Lists
Dusty_Springfield,_Dusty_in_Memphis_(1969).png
Dusty Springfield  Dusty in Memphis (1969)

Tommyalbumcover
The Who  Tommy (1969)

plastic ono band
John Lennon  John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)

Pixies-Doolittle
Pixies  Doolittle (1989)

On 11 Lists
Velvetundergroundthirdalbum
The Velvet Underground  The Velvet Underground (1969)

LaylaCover
Derek and The Dominos  Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

StoogesRawPower
Iggy & The Stooges  Raw Power (1973)

Queen_A_Night_At_The_Opera
Queen  A Night at the Opera (1975)

Hotelcalifornia
The Eagles  Hotel California (1976)

BruceSpringsteenDarknessontheEdgeofTown
Bruce Springsteen  Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)

Joy_Division_Closer
Joy Division  Closer (1981)

Screamadelica_album_cover
Primal Scream  Screamadelica (1991)

blood sugar sex magik
Red Hot Chili Peppers  Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

MassiveAttackBlueLines
Massive Attack  Blue Lines (1991)

Metallica_-_Metallica_cover
Metallica  Metallica [Black Album] (1991)

OasisDefinitelyMaybealbumcover
Oasis  Definitely Maybe (1994)

Radiohead.kida.albumart
Radiohead  Kid A (2000)

On 10 Lists
Bitches_brew
Miles Davis  Bitches Brew (1970)

StoogesFunHouse
The Stooges  Fun House (1970)

ImagineCover
John Lennon Imagine (1971)

Roxy_Music_-_For_Your_Pleasure
Roxy Music  For Your Pleasure (1976)

MyAim_isTrue
Elvis Costello  My Aim Is True (1977)

R.E.M._-_Murmur
R.E.M.  Murmur (1983)

Brothers_in_Arms
Dire Straits  Brothers in Arms (1985)

N.W.A.StraightOuttaComptonalbumcover
N.W.A.  Straight Outta Compton (1988)

BeastieBoysPaul'sBoutique
Beastie Boys  Paul’s Boutique (1989)

Portishead_-_Dummy
Portishead  Dummy (1994)

LaurynHillTheMiseducationofLaurynHillalbumcover
Lauryn Hill  The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

On 9 Lists
there's a riot goin on
Sly & the Family Stone  There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)

NeilYoungHarvestalbumcover
Neil Young  Harvest (1972)

Led_Zeppelin_-_Houses_of_the_Holy
Led Zeppelin  Houses of the Holy (1973)

court and spark
Joni Mitchell  Court and Spark (1974)

Neil_Young_tonight's the night
Neil Young  Tonight’s the Night (1975)

SaturdayNightFeveralbumcover
Various Artists (incl. The Bee Gees) Saturday Night Fever (1977)

PIL Metalbox HIGH RESOLUTION COVER ART  public image limited second edition
Public Image Ltd.  Metal Box (re-released in 1980 as Second Edition) (1979)

Pretenders_album
The Pretenders  Pretenders (1980)

unknown pleasures
Joy Division  Unknown Pleasures (1980)

born in the usa
Bruce Springsteen  Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

BobMarley-Legend
Bob Marley & the Wailers  Legend (1984)

Metallica_-_Master_of_Puppets_cover
Metallica  Master of Puppets (1986)

SonicYouthDaydreamNationalbumcover
Sonic Youth  Daydream Nation (1988)

My_Bloody_Valentine_-_Loveless
My Bloody Valentine  Loveless (1991)

SmashingPumpkins-SiameseDream
The Smashing Pumpkins  Siamese Dream (1993)

In_Utero_(Nirvana)_album_cover
Nirvana  In Utero (1993)

The_Strokes_-_Is_This_It_US_cover
The Strokes  Is This It (2001)

On 8 Lists
sun_sessions_9902  sun sessions cd
Elvis Presley  The Sun Sessions (several versions) (1954-1955)

John_Coltrane_-_A_Love_Supreme
John Coltrane  A Love Supreme (1965)

Aretha_Franklin_–_I_Never_Loved_a_Man_the_Way_I_Love_You
Aretha Franklin  I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)

DisraeliGears
Cream  Disraeli Gears (1967)

ArethaFranklinLadySoul
Aretha Franklin  Lady Soul (1968)

Johnny_Cash_At_Folsom_Prison
Johnny Cash  At Folsom Prison (1968)

NotoriousByrdBrothers
The Byrds  The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

paranoid
Black Sabbath  Paranoid (1970)

Talking_Book
Stevie Wonder  Talking Book (1972)

this years model
Elvis Costello  This Year’s Model (1978)

some girls
The Rolling Stones  Some Girls (1978)

Police-synchronicity
The Police  Synchronicity (1983)

The_Replacements_-_Let_It_Be_cover
The Replacements  Let It Be (1984)

The_Smiths_The_Smiths
The Smiths  The Smiths (1984)

Hounds_of_love
Kate Bush  Hounds of Love (1985)

Licensed_to_ill
Beastie Boys  Licensed to Ill (1986)

So_(album)
Peter Gabriel  So (1986)

Fear_of_a_Black_Planet
Public Enemy  Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

BlurParklife
Blur  Parklife (1994)

Superunknown
Soundgarden  Superunknown (1994)

On 7 Lists
a hard day's night
The Beatles  A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Stand-slyfam
Sly & the Family Stone  Stand! (1969)

TheKinksVillageGreenPreservationSociety
The Kinks  The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1969)

Led_Zeppelin_-_Led_Zeppelin_III
Led Zeppelin  Led Zeppelin III (1970)

Grateful_Dead_-_American_Beauty
Grateful Dead  American Beauty (1970)

SantanaAbraxas
Santana  Abraxas (1970)

Quadrophenia_(album)
The Who  Quadrophenia (1973)

gram parsons gp
Gram Parsons  GP (1973)

gram parsons grievous angel
Gram Parsons  Grievous Angel (1974)

i want to see the bright lights
Richard & Linda Thompson  I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)

Aerosmith_-_Toys_in_the_Attic
Aerosmith  Toys in the Attic (1975)

Bob_Marley_and_the_Wailers_-_Exodus
Bob Marley & the Wailers  Exodus (1977)

Blondie_-_Parallel_Lines
Blondie  Parallel Lines (1978)

1999 prince
Prince  1999 (1982)

Doublenickels
Minutemen  Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)

Tom_Waits_-_Rain_Dogs
Tom Waits  Rain Dogs (1985)

R.E.M._-_Out_of_Time
R.E.M.  Out of Time (1991)

Slanted_and_Enchanted_album_cover
Pavement  Slanted and Enchanted (1992)

RageAgainsttheMachineRageAgainsttheMachine
Rage Against the Machine  Rage Against the Machine (1992)

The_Downward_Spiral
Nine Inch Nails  The Downward Spiral (1994)

Alanis_Morissette_-_Jagged_Little_Pill
Alanis Morissette  Jagged Little Pill (1995)

The_Verve,_Urban_Hymns
The Verve  Urban Hymns (1997)

On 6 Lists
PinkFloyd-album-piperatthegatesofdawn_300
Pink Floyd  The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)

axis bold as love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Axis: Bold as Love (1968)

Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_-_Green_River
Creedence Clearwater Revival  Green River (1969)

AllmanBrothersBandAtFillmoreEast
The Allman Brothers Band  At Fillmore East (1971)

Janis_Joplin-Pearl_(album_cover)
Janis Joplin  Pearl (1971)

call me
Al Green  Call Me (1973)

NewYorkDollsNewYorkDolls
New York Dolls  New York Dolls (1973)

Trans-Europe_Express Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk  Trans-Europe Express (1977)

Bat_out_of_Hell
Meat Loaf  Bat Out of Hell (1977)

Van_Halen_album
Van Halen  Van Halen (1978)

Big_Star-3rd  BigStarThird
Big Star  Third/Sister Lovers (1978)

Neil_Young_Rust_Never_Sleeps
Neil Young  Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

TomWaitsSwordfishtrombones
Tom Waits  Swordfishtrombones (1983)

The_Unforgettable_Fire
U2  The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

Raising_Hell_(Run_DMC_album_-_cover_art)
Run-D.M.C.  Raising Hell (1986)

Psychocandy
The Jesus and Mary Chain  Psychocandy (1986)

Bon_jovi_slippery_when_wet
Bon Jovi  Slippery When Wet (1986)

The Cure Disintegration
The Cure  Disintegration (1989)

DeLaSoul3FeetHighandRisingalbumcover
De La Soul  3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

ATribeCalledQuestTheLowEndtheory
A Tribe Called Quest  The Low End Theory (1991)

Wu-TangClanEntertheWu-Tangalbumcover
Wu-Tang Clan  Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

Green_Day_-_Dookie_cover
Green Day  Dookie (1994)

Smashing_Pumpkins_-_Mellon_Collie_And_The_Infinite_Sadness
The Smashing Pumpkins  Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

Endtroducingcover
DJ Shadow  Endtroducing….. (1996)

TheProdigy-TheFatOfTheLand
The Prodigy  The Fat of the Land (1997)

Stories_From_The_City,_Stories_From_The_Sea
PJ Harvey  Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000)

On 5 Lists
ChuckBerry_TheGreatTwentyEight
Chuck Berry  The Great Twenty-Eight (rec. 1955-1965)

Hereslittlerichard
Little Richard  Here’s Little Richard (1957)

Elvis_Presley_Album_Cover
Elvis Presley  Elvis Presley (1956)

James_Brown_Star_Time
James Brown  Star Time (rec. 1956-1984)

Coltrane_Giant_Steps
John Coltrane  Giant Steps (1960)

ModernSoundsInC&WMusic
Ray Charles  Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)

younger than yesterday
The Byrds  Younger Than Yesterday (1967)

The_who_sell_out
The Who  The Who Sell Out (1967)

Odessey_and_Oracle
The Zombies  Odessey & Oracle (1968)

BlindFaithBlindFaith
Blind Faith  Blind Faith (1969)

the gilded palace of sin
The Flying Burrito Brothers  The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)

Grateful_Dead_-_Workingman's_Dead
Grateful Dead  Workingman’s Dead (1970)

Crosby,_Stills,_Nash_&_Young_-_Deja_Vu
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  Déjà vu (1970)

All_Things_Must_Pass_1970_cover
George Harrison  All Things Must Pass (1970)

sweet baby james
James Taylor  Sweet Baby James (1970)

every picture tells a story
Rod Stewart  Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)

The_Doors_-_L.A._Woman
The Doors  L.A. Woman (1971)

aqualung
Jethro Tull  Aqualung (1971)

T_Rex_Electric_Warrior
T. Rex  Electric Warrior (1971)

Songs_of_love_and_hate
Leonard Cohen  Songs of Love and Hate (1971)

NickDrakePinkMoon
Nick Drake  Pink Moon (1972)

Paul_McCartney_&_Wings-Band_on_the_Run
Paul McCartney & Wings  Band on the Run (1973)

Radio_city_cover
Big Star  Radio City (1974)

Another_Green_World
Brian Eno  Another Green World (1975)

Aja_album_cover
Steely Dan  Aja (1977)

Wirepinkflagcover
Wire  Pink Flag (1977)

Low_(album)
David Bowie  Low (1977)

David_Bowie_-_Heroes
David Bowie  Heroes (1977)

Entertainment!
Gang of Four  Entertainment! (1979)

Bruce_Springsteen_-_Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen  Nebraska (1982)

HuskerDuZenArcade
Hüsker Dü  Zen Arcade (1984)

Stevemcqueen
Prefab Sprout  Steve McQueen (1985)

HuskerDuNewDayRising
Hüsker Dü  New Day Rising (1985)

Madonna_-_Like_a_Prayer_album
Madonna  Like a Prayer (1989)

Dr.DreTheChronic
Dr. Dre  The Chronic (1992)

Hole-livethroughthis
Hole  Live Through This (1994)

Nirvana_mtv_unplugged_in_new_york
Nirvana  MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)

Weezer_-_Blue_Album
Weezer  Weezer [Blue Album] (1994)

NasIllmatic
Nas  Illmatic (1994)

EverythingMustGo
Manic Street Preachers  Everything Must Go (1996)

Pulp_-_Different_Class
Pulp  Different Class (1996)

Bob_Dylan_-_Time_Out_of_Mind
Bob Dylan  Time Out of Mind (1997)

car wheels on a gravel road
Lucinda Williams  Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)

stankonia
OutKast  Stankonia (2000)

The_Marshall_Mathers_LP
Eminem  The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

a rush of blood to the head
Coldplay  A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

ArcadeFireFuneralCover
Arcade Fire  Funeral (2004)

On 4 Lists
songs for swingin lovers
Frank Sinatra  Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)

Miles_Davis_-_Sketches_of_Spain
Miles Davis  Sketches of Spain (1960)

aftermath album cover
The Rolling Stones  Aftermath (1966)

strange days
The Doors  Strange Days (1967)

Moby_Grape_-_Moby_Grape
Moby Grape  Moby Grape (1967)

surrealistic pillow
Jefferson Airplane  Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Simon_and_Garfunkel,_Bookends_(1968)
Simon & Garfunkel  Bookends (1968)

Scott_4
Scott Walker  Scott 4 (1969)

Five_Leaves_Left
Nick Drake  Five Leaves Left (1969)

In_the_Court_of_the_Crimson_King
King Crimson  In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

chicago transit authority
Chicago Transit Authority (later known as Chicago)  Chicago Transit Authority (1969)

StoogesStooges
The Stooges  The Stooges (1969)

monterey pop
Otis Redding/Jimi Hendrix  Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (1970)

maggot brain
Funkadelic  Maggot Brain (1971)

Somethinganythingcover
Todd Rundgren  Something/Anything? (1972)

the harder they come
Various Artists  The Harder They Come Soundtrack (1972)

here come the warm jets
Brian Eno  Here Come the Warm Jets (1973)

Steely_Dan-Countdown_to_Ecstacy
Steely Dan  Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)

BobMarleyCatchAFire  Thewailerscatchafire
The Wailers (later Bob Marley & the Wailers)  Catch a Fire (1973)

mothership connection
Parliament  Mothership Connection (1975)

The_Modern_Lovers_(album)
The Modern Lovers  The Modern Lovers (rec. 1971-1973, rel. 1976)

Bob_Dylan_-_Desire
Bob Dylan  Desire (1976)

station to station
David Bowie  Station to Station (1976)

Suicide album cover
Suicide  Suicide (1977)

Ramones_-_Rocket_to_Russia_cover
Ramones  Rocket to Russia (1977)

PereUbuTheModernDance250px
Pere Ubu  The Modern Dance (1978)

The_B-52's_cover
The B-52s  The B-52s (1979)

The_Clash_-_Sandinista!
The Clash  Sandanista! (1980)

Prince DirtyMind
Prince  Dirty Mind (1980)

TattooYou
The Rolling Stones  Tattoo You (1981)

U2_War_album_cover
U2  War (1983)

HatfulofHollow84
The Smiths  Hatful of Hollow (1984)

Def_Leppard_-_Hysteria_(vinyl_version)
Def Leppard  Hysteria (1987)

Surfer Rosa
Pixies  Surfer Rosa (1988)

The_Blueprint
Jay-Z  The Blueprint (1991)

Dirt_(Alice_in_Chains_album_-_cover_art)
Alice in Chains  Dirt (1992)

Liz_Phair_-_Exile_in_Guyville
Liz Phair  Exile in Guyville (1993)

Ready_To_Die
The Notorious B.I.G.  Ready to Die (1994)

Tricky_-_Maxinquaye
Tricky  Maxinquaye (1995)

Bjork_Post
Björk  Post (1995)

air moon safari
Air  Moon Safari (1998)

Moby_play
Moby  Play (1999)

RedHotChiliPeppersCalifornication
Red Hot Chili Peppers  Californication (1999)

Coldplayparachutesalbumcover
Coldplay  Parachutes (2000)

Amy_Winehouse_-_Back_to_Black_(album)
Amy Winehouse  Back to Black (2006)

On 3 Lists
Robert_Johnson_-_The_Complete_Recordings
Robert Johnson  The Complete Recordings (rec. 1936-1937)

elvis-presley-sunrise
Elvis Presley  Sunrise (rec. 1953-1955)

Chirping_Crickets
The Crickets (feat. Buddy Holly)  The ‘Chirping’ Crickets (1957)

phil spector back to mono
Various Artists  Phil Spector: Back to Mono (rec. 1958-1969)

Withthebeatlescover
The Beatles  With The Beatles (1963)

Meet_the_Beatles
The Beatles  Meet the Beatles (1964)

mr tambourine man.jpg
The Byrds  Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

Blackmonktime
The Monks  Black Monk Time (1966)

TheMoodyBlues-album-daysoffuturepassed
The Moody Blues  Days of Future Passed (1967)

SongsOfLeonardCohen
Leonard Cohen  Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)

Bob_Dylan_-_John_Wesley_Harding
Bob Dylan  John Wesley Harding (1967)

BuffaloSpringfieldAgain
Buffalo Springfield  Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)

we're only in it for the money  we're only in it for the money back
The Mothers of Invention  We’re Only in It for the Money (1968)

Whitelightwhiteheat
The Velvet Underground  White Light/White Heat (1968)

sweetheart of the rodeo
The Byrds  Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

Fairport_Convention-Liege_&_Lief_(album_cover)
Fairport Convention  Liege and Lief (1969)

crosby stills and nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash  Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

in a silent way
Miles Davis  In a Silent Way (1969)

Grateful_Dead_-_Live-Dead
Grateful Dead  Live/Dead (1969)

let it be
The Beatles  Let It Be (rec. 1968-1970, rel. 1970)

Loadedalbum
The Velvet Underground  Loaded (1970)

Bryter_Layter
Nick Drake  Bryter Layter (1970)

TimBuckley_Starsailor
Tim Buckley  Starsailor (1970)

SunflowerCover
The Beach Boys  Sunflower (1970)

Tea_for_the_Tillerman
Cat Stevens  Tea for the Tillerman (1970)

Black_Sabbath_debut_album
Black Sabbath  Black Sabbath (1970)

get yer ya-ya's out
The Rolling Stones  ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’: The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970)

SurfsUpCover
The Beach Boys  Surf’s Up (1971)

serge gainsbourg
Serge Gainsbourg  Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)

Fragile
Yes  Fragile (1971)

coat of many colors
Dolly Parton  Coat of Many Colors (1971)

Roxy_Music-Roxy_Music
Roxy Music  Roxy Music (1972)

Clear_Spot
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band  Clear Spot (1972)

CurtisMayfield Superfly
Curtis Mayfield  Super Fly (1972)

Let's_Get_It_On
Marvin Gaye  Let’s Get It On (1973)

Pretzel_Logic_album
Steely Dan  Pretzel Logic (1974)

Rockbottom
Robert Wyatt  Rock Bottom (1974)

On_the_Beach_-_Neil_Young
Neil Young  On the Beach (1974)

good old boys
Randy Newman  Good Old Boys (1974)

ItsTooLateToStopNow
Van Morrison  It’s Too Late to Stop Now (1974)

BadCompanyBadCompany
Bad Company  Bad Company (1974)

the basement tapes
Bob Dylan and The Band  The Basement Tapes (rec. 1967-1975, rel. 1975)

the hissing of summer lawns
Joni Mitchell  The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)

kate & anna mcgarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle  Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1976)

iggy pop lust for life
Iggy Pop  Lust for Life (1977)

Thestranger1977
Billy Joel  The Stranger (1977)

EricClapton-Slowhand
Eric Clapton  Slowhand (1977)

more songs about
Talking Heads  More Songs about Buildings and Food (1978)

The-Jam-All-Mod-Cons
The Jam  All the Mod Cons (1978)

one nation under a groove
Funkadelic  One Nation Under a Groove (1978)

CheapTrick_Live_atBudokan
Cheap Trick  Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978)

Are_We_Not_Men_We_Are_Devo!
Devo  Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)

singles going steady
Buzzcocks  Singles Going Steady (rec. 1977-1979, rel. 1979)

TomPetty&theHeartbreakersDamntheTorpedoes
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers  Damn the Torpedoes (1979)

Elvis_costello_armed_forces_1
Elvis Costello & the Attractions  Armed Forces (1979)

Led_Zeppelin_-_In_Through_the_Out_Door
Led Zeppelin  In Through the Out Door (1979)

The_River_(Bruce_Springsteen)_(Front_Cover)
Bruce Springsteen  The River (1980)

Dexys_Midnight_Runners_Searching_for_the_Young_Soul_Rebels
Dexy’s Midnight Runners  Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)

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Wild Gift (1981)

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Black Flag  Damaged (1981)

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Duran Duran  Rio (1982)

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Donald Fagen  The Nightfly (1982)

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Metallica  Kill ‘Em All (1983)

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Madonna  The Immaculate Collection (rec. 1983-1990)

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Tina Turner  Private Dancer (1984)

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Talking Heads  Stop Making Sense (1984)

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The Pogues  Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)

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R.E.M.  Life’s Rich Pageant (1986)

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R.E.M.  Document (1987)

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Eric B. & Rakim  Paid in Full (1987)

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Jane’s Addiction  Nothing’s Shocking (1988)

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Jane’s Addiction  Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

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Tori Amos  Little Earthquakes (1992)

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Aphex Twin  Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)

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Björk  Debut (1993)

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PJ Harvey  Rid of Me (1993)

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Counting Crows  August and Everything After (1993)

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Fugees  The Score (1996)

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Elliott Smith  Either/Or (1997)

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds  The Boatman’s Call (1997)

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OutKast  Aquemini (1998)

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The Flaming Lips  The Soft Bulletin (1999)

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The Magnetic Fields  69 Love Songs (1999)

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D’Angelo  Voodoo (2000)

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The White Stripes  White Blood Cells (2001)

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System of a Down  Toxicity (2001)

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The White Stripes  Elephant (2003)

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Kanye West  The College Dropout (2004)

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Green Day  American Idiot (2004)

My_Beautiful_Dark_Twisted_Fantasy  my beautiful dark twisted fantasy
Kanye West  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

8 thoughts on “Best Albums of All Time: Ranked

  1. aforhapsody

    I’ve made some list:

    Best Electronic Albums Of All Time – 14 Lists Combined
    http://ttvnol.com/threads/best-electronic-albums-of-all-time-14-lists-combined.1779958/

    Best R&B albums of All Time – 7 lists combined

    http://ttvnol.com/threads/best-r-b-albums-of-all-time-7-lists-combined.1766389/

    Best Krautrock Albums Of All Time – 15 Lists Combined
    http://ttvnol.com/threads/best-krautrock-albums-of-all-time-14-lists-combined.1777249/

    Best Metal Albums Of All Time – 23 Lists Combined
    http://ttvnol.com/threads/best-metal-albums-of-all-time-23-lists-combined.1756000/

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  2. Gwen

    I’m so happy to see “Prince’s” album “1999” on your list! It often gets over look for “Purple Rain” and “Sign O’ The Time”. All three are great albums of his. I also love “Dirty Mind”,” Controvery” and the wonderful “The Gold Experience”! Thank you 🙂

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    1. beckchris Post author

      I’m not sure what you mean. The Beatles’ Revolver was the album on the most lists (28 out of 30), while The Beach Boys Pet Sounds was on the second most number of lists (26 out of 30). No albums were on all 30 lists – no albums were on 29 lists. Remember these are not my personal opinions – all I do is collect Top Albums and Best Albums lists from all over the place (books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet) and combine them into a single meta-list. The “number one” album is the album that is on the most lists. The “number two” album is the album on the second most number of lists, etc. Does that make sense?

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