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100 Greatest Posthumous Rock Albums

Criteria: In order to qualify, album has to be released after artist's death. These albums are rated according to their influence, popularity, critical and peer acclaim, with importance to artist's career also being considered. Albums on which deceased artist had a significant input on most tracks will recieve more credit than ones on which deceased artist appeares on a small number of tracks.

List Begun: 2017-09-21

100 Greatest Posthumous Rock Albums text title image
  1. The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  2. Closer - Joy Division (Ian Curtis)
  3. Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Pearl - Janis Joplin
  5. MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
  6. The Buddy Holly Story Volume 2 - Buddy Holly
  7. Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
  8. Sublime - Sublime (Bradley Nowell)
  9. The Cry of Love - Jimi Hendrix Experience
10. Eat a Peach - Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman)
11. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Makaveli (Tupac Shakur)
12. Mystery Girl - Roy Orbison
13. Made in Heaven - Queen (Freddie Mercury)
14. Milk and Honey - John Lennon
15. Apple - Mother Love Bone (Andrew Wood)
16. Brainwashed - George Harrison
17. Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk - Jeff Buckley
18. Dreaming of You - Selena
19. Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles
20. Live at the Harlem Square Club - Sam Cooke
21. The Immortal Otis Redding - Otis Redding
22. Reminiscing - Buddy Holly
23. A Black and White Night - Roy Orbison
24. Better Dayz - 2Pac
25. American V: A Hundred Highways - Johnny Cash
26. From a Basement On the Hill - Elliott Smith
27. 3D - TLC (Lisa Lopes)
28. Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews Band (LeRoi Moore)
29. I Got a Name - Jim Croce
30. Born Again - Notorious B.I.G.
31. The Sky is Crying - Stevie Ray Vaughan
32. An American Prayer - The Doors (Jim Morrison)
33. Tribute - Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhodes)
34. Joe's Domage - Frank Zappa
35. Let it Bleed - Rolling Stones (Brian Jones)
36. Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival - Jimi Hendrix / Otis Redding (Otis Redding)
37. Confrontation - Bob Marley
38. Until the End of Time - 2Pac
39. I Care 4 U - Aaliyah
40. Valleys of Neptune - Jimi Hendrix
41. New Moon - Elliot Smith
42. Streetcore - Joe Strummer
43. I Am the Cosmos - Chris Bell
44. Shake - Sam Cooke
45. Big Picture - Big L
46. Jay Stay Paid - Jay Dee
47. Xscape - Michael Jackson
48. CODA - Led Zeppelin (John Bonham)
49. Rebel Meets Rebel - Rebel Meets Rebel (Dimebag Darrel)
50. In Person at the Whisky a Go Go - Otis Redding
51. Vulnerable - Marvin Gaye
52. Works in Progress - Tim Buckley
53. Dick's Picks Volume 4 - Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Pigpen McKernan)
54. Yeeeah Baby - Big Punisher
55. Ritchie Valens - Ritchie Valens
56. Love Man - Otis Redding
57. Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton - Eazy-E
58. American VI: Ain't No Grave - Johnny Cash
59. UGK 4 Life - UGK (Pimp C)
60. Wonsaponatime - John Lennon
61. Za Bakdaz - Klaus Nomi
62. Out of the Dark (Into the Light) - Falco
63. Brother - Boyzone (Stephen Gately)
64. SVllB - School of Seven Bells (Benjamin Curtis)
65. Rainbow Bridge - Jimi Hendrix Experience
66. Quaudiophiliac - Frank Zappa
67. Ballot Results - Minutemen (D. Boon)
68. War Heroes - Jimi Hendrix Experience
69. Lost Episodes - Frank Zappa
70. Mr. Easy - Jesse Belvin
71. From Coffee House to Concert Hall - Stan Rogers
72. Endless River - Pink Floyd (Richard Wright)
73. Trance-Fusion - Frank Zappa
74. Dark Night of the Soul - Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous)
75. Imagine - Eva Cassidy
76. Don't Worry About Me - Joey Ramone
77. Angel in the Dark - Laura Nyro
78. Times Like These - Rick Danko
79. Tellin' Stories - The Charlatans (Rob Collins)
80. The Night - Morphine (Mark Sandman)
81. For the Whole World to See - Death (David Hackney)
82. Live at the Filmore East - Jimi Hendrix
83. Silver Lining - Soul Asylum (Karl Mueller)
84. Showcase - Buddy Holly
85. Cornell 5/8/77 - Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Keith Godchaux)
86. Shake, Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley and His Comets (Danny Cedrone)
87. History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear's Choice) - Grateful Dead (Pigpen McKernan)
88. Nico - Blind Melon (Shannon Hoon)
89. Down on the Farm - Little Feat (Lowell George)
90. Alive! - Snot (Lynn Strait)
91. The Lost Riots - Hope of the States (Jimmi Lawrence)
92. Live Trax Volume 14 - Dave Matthews Band (LeRoi Moore)
93. Kingdom of Desire - Toto (Jeff Porcaro)
94. The Last Protest Singer - Harry Chapman
95. Bouncing off the Satellites - The B-52's (Ricky Wilson)
96. Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold (James "The Rev" Sullivan)
97. Soul Talkin' - Linda Jones
98. Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones - Pimp C
99. Enter: The Conquering Chicken - The Gits (Mia Zapata)
100. 3.2.1. - Zilch (hide)
The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding album cover
Closer - Joy Division album cover
Life After Death - Notorious B.I.G. album cover
Pearl - Janis Joplin album cover
MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana album cover
The Buddy Holly Story Volume 2 - Buddy Holly album cover
Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons album cover
Nearly Posthumous Albums text title image
This list commemorates those artists who lived for just a short period (under 6 months) after the release of a studio album, and just barely miss our list by months, weeks, days or, in one case, hours.

This list is ranked by amount of time between album release and artist death. There is no criteria and is intended to be purely trivia.

Edited by: Ryan
60. Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
(released on March 3, 1987. Band member Scott La Rock died on August 27, 1987) Time between: 5 months, 25 days


59. Anything Goes! - C+C Music Factory
(released on August 9, 1994. Band member David Cole died on January 24, 1995) Time between: 5 months, 15 days


58. Watch Me Fall - Jay Reatard
(released August 4, 2009. Died on January 13, 2010) Time between: 5 months, 9 days


57. The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
(released August 29, 1994. Band member Richey Edwards disappeared on February 1, 1995) Time between: 5 months, 3 days


56. I Fought the Law - The Bobby Fuller Four
(released February 1966. Band member Bobby Fuller died on July 18, 1966) Time between: under 5 months


55. Terror Squad: The Album - Terror Squad
(released September 12, 1999. Band member Big Pun died on February 7, 2000) Time between: 4 months, 17 days


54. Chicago XI - Chicago
(released September 12, 1977. Band member Terry Kath died on January 23, 1978) Time between: 4 months, 11 days


53. Hit n Run Phase Two - Prince
(released December 12, 2014. Died on April 21, 2016) Time between: 4 months, 10 days


52. Europe '72 - Grateful Dead
(released November 5, 1972. Band member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan died on March 8, 1973) Time between: 4 months, 4 days


51. Bad Magic - Motorhead
(released August 28, 2015. Band member Lemmy Kilmister died on December 28, 2015) Time between: 4 months


50. Waterbeds in Trinidad! - The Association
(released April 1972. Band member Brian Cole died on August 2, 1972) Time between: under 4 months


49. At Filmore East - The Allman Brothers Band
(released July 1971. Band member Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971) Time between: under 4 months


48. What We Did On Our Holidays - Fairport Convention
(released January 1969. Band member Martin Lamble died on May 12, 1969). Time between: under 4 months


47. Guitar Romantic - The Exploding Hearts
(released April 3, 2003. Band members Adam Cox, Matt Fitzgerald and Jeremy Gage died on July 30, 2003) Time between: 3 months, 27 days


46. Temporary Heaven - Introflirt
(released August 12, 2016. Band members Benjamin Runnels and Nicole Siegrist died on December 2, 2016) Time between: 3 months, 21 days


45. The Gillian Seed - Nackt
(released August 23, 2016. Died on December 2, 2016) Time between: 3 months, 10 days


44. We're New Here - Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX
(released February 21, 2011. Scott-Heron died on May 27, 2011). Time between: 3 months, 6 days


43. Asleep at Heaven's Gate - Rogue Wave
(released September 18, 2007. Band member Evan Farrell died on December 23, 2007) Time between: 3 months, 5 days


42. Two Steps from the Move - Hanoi Rocks
(released August 1984. Band member Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley died on December 8, 1984) Time between: under 3 months


41. Private Eyes - Tommy Bolin
(released September 1976. Died on December 8, 1976) Time between: under 3 months


40. Life and Times - Jim Croce
(released July 1, 1973. Died on September 20, 1973) Time between: 2 months, 19 days


39. Bayside - Bayside
(released August 23, 2005. Band member John Holohan died on October 31, 2005) Time between: 2 months, 9 days


38. Aaliyah - Aaliyah
(released June 17, 2001. Died on August 25, 2001) Time between: 2 months, 8 days


37. Soup - Blind Melon
(released August 15, 1995. Band member Shannon Hoon died on October 21, 1995). Time between: 2 months, 6 days


36. L.A. Woman - The Doors
(released April 29, 1971. Band member Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971) Time between: 2 months, 4 days


35. Stormwatch - Jethro Tull
(released September 14, 1979. Band member John Glascock died on November 17, 1979) Time between: 2 months, 4 days


34. Live Through This - Hole
(released April 12, 1994. Band member Kristen Pfaff died on June 16, 1994) Time between: 2 months, 4 days


33. The Feeding - American Head Charge
(released February 15, 2005. Band member Bryan Ottoson died on April 18, 2005) Time between: 2 months, 4 days


32. Minnie - Minnie Ripperton
(released May 9, 1979. Died on July 12, 1979). Time between: 2 months, 3 days


31. Sunset Studies - Augie March
(released October 30, 2001. Band member Rob Dawson died on January 2, 2002) Time between: 2 months, 3 days


30. One More Light - Linkin Park
(released May 19, 2017. Band member Chester Bennington died on July 20, 2017). Time between: 2 months, 2 days


29. Last Place - Grandaddy
(released March 3, 2017. Band member Kevin Garcia died on May 2, 2017) Time between: 2 months


28. Adios - Glen Campbell
(released June 9, 2017. Died on August 8, 2017) Time between: 2 months


27. AWB - Average White Band
(released August 1974. Band member Robbie McIntosh died on September 23, 1974) Time between: under 2 months


26. Live at Filmore West - King Curtis
(released July 1971. Died on August 13, 1971) Time between: under 2 months


25. Thanks, I'll Eat It Here - Lowell George
(released in April 1979. Died on June 29, 1979) Time between: under 2 months


24. Electro-Shock for President - Braniac
(released April 1, 1997. Band member Tim Taylor died on May 23, 1997) Time between: 1 month, 23 days


23. Travelling Wilburys, Volume 1 - Travelling Wilburys
(released October 18, 1988. Band member Roy Orbison died on December 6, 1988). Time between: 1 month, 18 days


22. All Aboard! - John Denver
(released August 26, 1997. Died on October 12, 1997) Time between: 1 month, 16 days


21. We the People - Adrenaline Mob
(released June 2, 2017; Band member David Zablidowsky died on July 14, 2017) Time between: 1 month, 13 days


20. GRL - GRL
(released July 29, 2014. Band member Simone Battle died on September 14, 2014) Time between: 1 month, 8 days


19. The Yellow Shark - Frank Zappa
(released November 2, 1992. Died on December 4, 1993) Time between: 1 month, 3 days


18. Future Blues - Canned Heat
(released on August 3, 1970. Band member Alan Wilson died on September 3, 1970) Time between: 1 month


17. Manifold - The Beat Farmers
(released October 1995. Band member Country Dick Montana died on November 5, 1995) Time between: under 1 month


16. 3-Way Tie for Last - Minutemen
(released in December 1985. Band member D. Boon died on December 22, 1985) Time between: under 1 month


15. Moody Blue - Elvis Presley
(released July 19, 1977. Died on August 16, 1977) Time between: 28 days


14. A Tempestade - Legião Urbana
(released September 20, 1996. Band member Renato Russo died on October 11, 1996) Time between: 21 days


13. Hymns That Are Important to Us - Joey + Rory
(released February 12, 2016. Band member Joey Feek died on March 4, 2016) Time between: 21 days


12. Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
(released November 17, 1980. Lennon died on December 8, 1980) Time between: 21 days


11. Who Are You - The Who
(released August 18, 1978. Band member Keith Moon died on September 7, 1978) Time between: 20 days


10. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
(released October 21, 2016. Died on November 7, 2016) Time between: 18 days


9. Fantastic Hawk - Bottom of the Hudson
(released July 17, 2007. Band member Trevor Butler died on July 29, 2007) Time between: 13 days


8. The Wind - Warren Zevon
(released August 26, 2003. Died on September 7, 2003). Time between: 12 days


7. Nine Types of Light - TV on the Radio
(released April 12, 2011. Band member Gerard Smith died on April 20, 2011) Time between: 8 days


6. Darker Days Ahead - Terrorizer
(released August 22, 2006. Band member Jesse Pintado died on August 27, 2006) Time between: 5 days


5. Street Survivors - Lynyrd Skynyrd
(released October 17, 1977. Band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines died on October 20, 1977) Time between: 3 days


4. Donuts - J Dilla
(released February 7, 2006. Died on February 10, 2006): Time between: 3 days


3. Immolate Yourself - Telefon Tel Aviv
(released January 20, 2009. Band member Charles Cooper died on January 22, 2009) Time between: 2 days


2. Blackstar - David Bowie
(released January 8, 2016. Died on January 10, 2016): Time between: 2 days


1. Madeline - Tickle Me Pink
(released June 1, 2008. Band member Johnny Schou died later that same day) Time between: a few hours, as the album was released digitally at midnight.







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