What are the best albums of all time? Hundreds of albums are released every year ranging from pop albums to rock albums to hip hop albums but only few make it to the list of best albums ever.
Producing an album is not an easy task. Specially if you are working with a band. You have to keep in mind f so many things. From the theme of the album to music to song writing and to progression of songs in album. It is very difficult task and that is why many musicians prefer to work alone. We have seen so many good bands that promised to become great but fell down after two or three albums. Guns N roses and Nirvana are two good examples.
There are very few albums that came close to perfection. As it is universally accepted fact that every album have at least one dull song that didn’t connected with the audience. However there are still many albums that not only were loved by critics and audience but also inspired other musical geniuses.
Here we have compiled list of 100 greatest albums of all time
Best Albums Of All Time
100. Here’s Little Richard by Little Richard
Released in 1957, The album is considered as the finest rock and roll album of 50s. Long tall Sally and Tutti Frutti were included in the lists of greatest songs of all time by many music magazines.
99. Baby One More Time By Britney Spears
Britney Spears end of the millennia album is considered to be fresh and breath taking musical. It sold around 29 million copies world wide.
98. Spice by Spice Girls
When your music crosses boundaries and became equally popular in nations where English is not even mother tongue than only you can understand how powerful music is. That’s what Spice girls showed us with their album Spice.
97. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
Miles Davis and John Coltrane are considered to be greatest Jazz Saxophonist of all time. A Love Supreme was released by Coltrane under the impulse record and he showed his marvelous skills and made millions of fans.
96. At Fillmore East By the Allman Brothers Band
How popular a Live ‘stage performance’ album could be? Allman Brothers Band’s At Fillmore East showed how a musician should connect to audience and also how to improvise on stage and deliver powerful music.
95. Music From Big Pink By The Band
The Band’s debut album ‘Music From Big Pink’ had wide versatility of music ranging from country to rock to soul. The Weight is still loved by audience and is used in many movies.
94. The Anthology by Muddy Waters
Muddy waters The Anthology was a compilation album and it not was loved by audience but it inspired many other musical greats such as Jimmi Hendrix and Bo Dylan. In fact Mick Jagger and Keith Richards even named their band after the hit song of Muddy Waters’ Rollin’ Stone.
93. Forever Changes by Love
Love’s Forever Changes album was described as the most heartfelt musical words of a lyrical great. It was one of the finest musical album and is loved even today.
92. Horses by Patti Smith
Patti Smiths’ Horses was a bold rather controversial musical album. But one have to agree that the music was much ahead of its time and she is often credited as the one who popularized punk rock.
91. Breakfast in America By Supertramp
Supertramp’s Breakfast in America was a much better album than the band’s previous release and it connected with audience so much that for the next decade too the music was on top.
90. Innversions By Stevie Wonder
Music Legend Stevie Wonder knew how to produce great music and even after releasing 15 studio albums he didn’t stopped and came back with another great studio album. Livin for the city is one must listen song from the album.
89. Blue By Joni Mitchell
Cited by many as the ultimate Breakup Album – Joni Mitchell’s Blue explores the bare personality of the musician and showcases powerful lyrics about emotions, feelings and sorrows.
88. Ramones By Ramones
1976 was made a memorable year by the Ramones when they came up with this musical masterpiece. Everyone from a teen to older one was enjoying their music and it was the time when punk rock found new heights.
87. Bat Out of Hell By Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf’s Bat out of hell is one of the best selling albums of all time.
86. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back By Public Enemy
The album title itself was enough to tell what this album was all about. Public enemy not only gave relatable lyrics but also mixed up funky and pop music so well that the result was awesome.
85. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
British Rock Band Dire Straits became musical legend after this album.
84. Plastic Ono Band By John Lennon
John Lennon needs no introduction and when he came up with a solo studio album, it was equally great.
83. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
‘You Oughta Know’ ‘I Really want’ were the finest songs from Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.
82. The Dock of the Bay By Otis Redding
If you want to explore soul music then you should check out Otis Redding’s The Dock of the Bay.
81. Millennium By Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys are so much missed by pop music lovers. Everyone born after 80s know how much relatable Backtreet Boys music was. Millenium is one must listen.
80. Supernatural By Santana
Carlos Santana is undoubtedly the one of the greatest guitarist and his musical skills are showcased in Supernatural. Smooth and Maria are must listen to songs.
79. 1 By The Beatles
This compilation album by The Beatles is not their greatest album but it surely is one of the greatest album of all time. This only tells how much their music influenced pop culture.
78. Unplugged By Eric Clapton
Have you heard ‘Layla’? The opening guitar riff is surely one of the most recognized musical beat from the20th century. Oh and Also Don’t miss ‘Tears in Heaven’.
77. Hysteria By Def Leppard
British Hard Rock Band Def Leppard’s Hysteria often tops the list of greatest British Albums of all time.
76. Metallica By Metallica
It was so hard to put Metallica album so down in the list. Every song in the album was soul to music.
75. Come On Over By Shania Twain
Canadian Singer Shania twain became a world-wide sensation after the success of Come On Over.
74. Slippery When Wet By Bon Jovi
Just one word – ‘Livin on a Prayer’. This song is enough to tell how awesome this album was. I personally love this song.
73. Falling into You By Celine Dion
Even though it didn’t got praise from critics much but Falling into you was loved by audience so much that it became one of the best selling album of all time.
72. Confessions by Usher
Usher became a pop icon after his album Confessions became a hit.
71. Cant Slow Down By Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie’s Song ‘Hello’ that is considered one of the most romantic songs of all time was from this album. But that was not the only lovely song in Cant slow down.
70. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
Whats Love got to do with it is one song that is must listen from this album.
69. Secrets by Toni Braxton
If you ever want to know how breakup music is like then you must check out Toni Braxton’s album Secrets. Unbreak my Heart is straight music from heart that will instantly connect with you.
68. Let’s Talk About Love by Celine Dion
The Titanic song ‘My heart Will Go On’ was from this album.
67. Alive By Kiss
Alive was loved by audience and critics alike and it was first live album of Kiss.
66. The Chronic by Dr Dre
The Chronic was the album that started the career of Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. We all know how important role Dr Dre played in Hip hop music in later years.
65. Ready to Die by The Notorious BIG
The Notorious BIG became a huge influence on rappers like Tupac and Eminem and it was Ready to Die that played the vital role in setting up their legacy.
64. The B-52s By The B-52s
The B52’s music paved way for the new wave music and this album is their best.
63. Portrait of a Legend By Sam Cooke
Sam cooke had the most melodious voice for a male singer and to call any song better than other from this compilation album would be wrong.
62. 21 By Adele
In the modern music era none other album has created so much wide spread buzz as Adele’s 21. A Landmark in modern music.
61. Bad By Michael Jackson
The king of Pop delivered 5 back to back hit singles from this album and its still a record.
60. Paranoid By Black Sabbath
The legendary Heavy Metal song ‘Iron Man was from this album.
59. After the Gold Rush by Neil Young
Country Rock and Folk music was highly popularized by Neil young via this album.
58. Born in USA By Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen Born in Usa not only connected with younger audience but it was equally popular among the older ones.
57. Superfly By Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield Superfly was a soundtrack album and is cited as one of the greatest soundtrack album of all time.
56. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
The popular duo of Simon and Garfunkel influenced so many musical artists and became so popular. Sadly they were not together for long.
55. Who’s Next By The Who
Who’s Next was a fresh piece of music and was instantly loved by audience and its aura is still on.
54. Off the Wall By Michael Jackson
Another great album by pop king Michael Jackson.
53. Tapestry By Carole King
It was good decision by Carole King to sing her own songs and that is how we got the album Tapestry.
52. Straight Outta Compton By NWA
NWA’s Straight Outta Compton is one that raised the bar of hip hop music and the rap music.
51. Dangerous By Michael Jackson
Every Album that Michael Jackson came up with became best seller. Dangerous was no exception.
50. Music Box By Mariah Carey
R and B Singer Mariah Carey rocked the world with her album Music Box.
49. Santana By Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana and his band Santana reached new heights of stardom from this album.
48. Dookie By Green Day
Dookie became a huge success and brought Green Day in lime light.
47. Legend by Bob Marley and The Wailers
Bob Marley is one of the greatest singer of all time and this album backs this fact.
46. The Doors By The Doors
John Morrison became a legend not only in his country but a globally and his legacy still continues.
45. The Complete Recordings By Robert Johnson
Blues Musician Robert Johnson died in 1938 but even after so many years his music is still on top.
44. Hotel California by Eagles
The titular song of this album is probably the greatest song ever.
43. The Wall By Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the wall are most popular songs from this album.
42. True Blue By madonna
Madonna’s True Blue opened her gates to stardom and she became a living legend.
41. Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston music will always live and her melodious voice will always sooth the audience.
40. Like a V!rgin By Madonna
This was coming of age album by Madonna and soon her pop music became a global hit.
39. Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin
Thank God this album was hit and we got to hear heart touching music from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
38. Backstreet Boys By Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys mixed up sad romantic songs with pop music in this album and it was hit.
37. Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack Album) by Bee Gees
The greatest dicso album there is.
36. Led Zeppelin IV By Led Zeppelin
One of the greatest rock song of all time – Stairway to Heaven, is from this album.
35. The Great Twenty Eight By Chuck Berry
Chuck berry pioneered the rock and roll and this album is proof.
34. The Definitive Collection by ABBA
ABBA music was liked by critics and loved by audience.
33. Appetite for Destruction By Guns N Roses
Guns N roses should have never made this album. They raised the standard of hard rock music so high that it became very difficult for others to match that status. Sweet Child o Mine could be heard all day long without being bored.
32. The Immaculate Collection by Madonna
It includes all the greatest hits song by Madonna.
31. Back in Black By AC/DC
Australian rock band AC DC became global icon after this successful album.
30. Rumours By Fleetwood Mac
Rumours is filled with confessional songs and is finest work by Fleetwood mac.
29. Astral Weeks By Van Morrison
I wonder what made Brown Eyed Girl so popular, Van Morrison’s melodious voice or the catchy beats that are hummed even today.
28. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick road often is placed as the greatest albums of all time by many lists.
27. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
This album was a monster hit and Bruce has bared all his musical skills in this album alone.
26. Nevermind by Nirvana
Just this single album alone surpassed all the success of grunge and punk music albums. Kurt Cobain suicide at young age else no doubt we had many great albums from the band.
25. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is greatest lyricist of all time and added to that he has a very powerful rock voice.
24. Hybrid Theory By Linkin Park
Linkin Park’s Hybrid theory is prefect music for the Millennials.
23. Are You Experienced? by The Jimmi Hendrix Experience
The guitar riffs that Jimmi Hendrix produced are unmatched and so is his music.
22. Abbey Road By The Beatles
Abbey Road was produced when the group was about to breakup. But it turned out to be a great hit.
21. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Velvet Underground used minimal amount of musical instruments in this album and yet the produced such good rock album.
20. Kind of Blue By Miles Davis
Miles Davis music is studied and he is considered as the greatest jazz musician of all time.
19. The Joshua Tree By U2
U2 never thought that they would become so highly popular in a foreign land and Bono will became a god like figure.
18. The Sun Sessions By Elvis Presley
The King released this album to tell the world what rock and roll is all about.
17. Their Greatest Hits By Eagles
Rock Band Eagles compilation album is one of the finest.
16. The Marshall Matthers LP By Eminem
It was Marshall Mathers LP that brought Eminem in to the big league and he became famous world wide.
15. Greatest Hits By Queen
If you ever want to know what a powerful rock voice is you should hear Freddy Mercury’s voice in this album.
14. The White Album by The Beatles
The lyrics of all the songs of ‘The White album’ were penned down in India.
13. Blonde on Blonde By Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan once said that he constantly hear a mild melodious tune in his mind and the closest he ever got to replicate that tune was in this album.
12. London Calling By The Clash
London Calling is full of energy and young and it is best work of The Clash.
11. Exile On Main Street By The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger and Keith Richard gave everything they had in this musical legend.
10. What’s Going On By Marvin Gaye
Probably no music ever came so close describing the evils of society and still being close to heart as Marvin Gaye’sWhats Goin on.
9. Rubber Soul By The Beatles
Norwegian Wood, You won’t see me, If I Needed someone – Every song on this album was heart touching and equally great.
8. The Bodyguard (Soundtrack Album) by Whitney Houston
The soundtrack alone made the movie a massive hit.
7. Purple Rain By Prince and the Revolution
Prince will be so missed. His music contribution is unmatched.
6. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan showed to the world that how perfect lyricist he is by this album. Rollin to the stone is considered by many as the greatest song of all time.
5. Revolver The Beatles
Revolver is considered as a revolutionary album from the Beatles that changed the music scene in 60s.
4. Pet Sounds By The Beach Boys
Just Hear the song Good Vibrations and tell me how good it was.
3. The Dark Side of The Moon By Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd you genius, It was this album that created the myth about the Dark side of the moon. Music wise the album was genius.
2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band By The Beatles
This album is perfect in every area from songwriting to music to singing and to concept.
1. Thriller By Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the best selling album of all time and from this only one can understand how great it is.
So which Music Album do you think is greatest? Did we missed any good album. Please Let us know in comments.