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300 Greatest Rock Albums

Criteria: These Greatest Rock Albums were chosen for their Acclaim, Popularity, and Influence weighted equally. This list includes 'Studio', 'Live', and 'Soundtrack' albums.

Last Updated: 2022-11-19
Greatest Rock Albums
  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) - The Beatles
  2. Pet Sounds (1966) - The Beach Boys
  3. Revolver (1966) - The Beatles
  4. What's Going On (1971) - Marvin Gaye
  5. Thriller (1982) - Michael Jackson
  6. Rubber Soul (1965) - The Beatles
  7. Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) - Pink Floyd
  8. Nevermind (1991) - Nirvana
  9. Live at the Apollo (1963) - James Brown
10. Are You Experienced? (1967) - Jimi Hendrix
11. Highway 61 Revisited (1965) - Bob Dylan
12. Elvis Presley (1956) - Elvis Presley
13. Blonde On Blonde (1966) - Bob Dylan
14. Abbey Road (1969) - The Beatles
15. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) - Public Enemy
16. London Calling (1979) - The Clash
17. Born To Run (1975) - Bruce Springsteen
18. Purple Rain (1984) - Prince
19. The Joshua Tree (1987) - U2
20. Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) - Stevie Wonder
21. Led Zeppelin IV (1971) - Led Zeppelin
22. Who's Next (1971) - The Who
23. The Beatles (The White Album) (1968) - The Beatles
24. Exile On Main Street (1972) - The Rolling Stones
25. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) - Ray Charles
26. Innervisions (1973) - Stevie Wonder
27. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You (1967) - Aretha Franklin
28. Led Zeppelin II (1969) - Led Zeppelin
29. Rumours (1977) - Fleetwood Mac
30. Raising Hell (1986) - Run-D.M.C.
31. Tommy (1969) - The Who
32. Blue (1971) - Joni Mitchell
33. Tapestry (1971) - Carole King
34. Paranoid (1970) - Black Sabbath
35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) - David Bowie
36. There's a Riot Goin' On (1971) - Sly & the Family Stone
37. The Doors (1967) - The Doors
38. Bringing It All Back Home (1965) - Bob Dylan
39. The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) - The Velvet Underground & Nico
40. Ten (1991) - Pearl Jam
41. OK Computer (1997) - Radiohead
42. Born in the USA (1984) - Bruce Springsteen
43. Back in Black (1980) - AC/DC
44. Blood on the Tracks (1975) - Bob Dylan
45. Off the Wall (1979) - Michael Jackson
46. Saturday Night Fever (1977) - The Bee Gees and various artists
47. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) - Lauryn Hill
48. Licensed to Ill (1986) - Beastie Boys
49. Straight Outta Compton (1988) - N.W.A
50. Led Zeppelin (1969) - Led Zeppelin
51. Let It Bleed (1969) - The Rolling Stones
52. Never Mind the Bollocks... Here's the Sex Pistols (1977) - Sex Pistols
53. Electric Ladyland (1968) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
54. Hotel California (1976) - Eagles
55. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) - Eminem
56. The Chronic (1992) - Dr. Dre
57. Appetite For Destruction (1987) - Guns N' Roses
58. To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) - Kendrick Lamar
59. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) - Kanye West
60. Automatic for the People (1992) - R.E.M.
61. Achtung Baby (1991) - U2
62. Stankonia (2000) - Outkast
63. Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965) - Otis Redding
64. Murmur (1983) - R.E.M.
65. Metallica (The Black Album) (1991) - Metallica
66. The Wall (1979) - Pink Floyd
67. Bridge over Troubled Water (1970) - Simon & Garfunkel
68. Ramones (1976) - Ramones
69. After the Gold Rush (1970) - Neil Young
70. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) - Elton John
71. Synchronicity (1983) - The Police
72. A Hard Day's Night (1964) - The Beatles
73. Disraeli Gears (1967) - Cream
74. Astral Weeks (1968) - Van Morrison
75. Beggars Banquet (1968) - The Rolling Stones
76. The College Dropout (2004) - Kanye West
77. The Blueprint (2001) - Jay-Z
78. Kid A (2000) - Radiohead
79. Jagged Little Pill (1995) - Alanis Morissette
80. Master of Puppets (1986) - Metallica
81. Graceland (1986) - Paul Simon
82. Remain in Light (1980) - Talking Heads
83. The Clash (1977) - The Clash
84. 3 Feet High and Rising (1989) - De La Soul
85. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) - John Lennon
86. Superfly (1972) - Curtis Mayfield
87. Talking Book (1972) - Stevie Wonder
88. Sticky Fingers (1971) - The Rolling Stones
89. 1999 (1982) - Prince
90. Run-D.M.C. (1984) - Run-D.M.C.
91. Control (1986) - Janet Jackson
92. Van Halen (1978) - Van Halen
93. Moondance (1970) - Van Morrison
94. A Night at the Opera (1975) - Queen
95. The "Chirping" Crickets (1957) - Crickets
96. Here's Little Richard (1957) - Little Richard
97. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003) - Outkast
98. Horses (1975) - Patti Smith
99. good kid, M.A.A.D city (2012) - Kendrick Lamar
100. Dookie (1994) - Green Day

101. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) - Oasis
102. The Queen Is Dead (1986) - The Smiths
103. Ready to Die (1994) - The Notorious B.I.G.
104. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
105. Harvest (1972) - Neil Young
106. The Number of the Beast (1982) - Iron Maiden
107. Machine Head (1972) - Deep Purple
108. Live at Leeds (1970) - The Who
109. Black Sabbath (1970) - Black Sabbath
110. The Band (1969) - The Band
111. Please Please Me (1963) - The Beatles
112. The Downward Spiral (1994) - Nine Inch Nails
113. The Score (1996) - Fugees
114. Like a Virgin (1984) - Madonna
115. Illmatic (1994) - Nas
116. Stand! (1969) - Sly & The Family Stone
117. In The Court of the Crimson King (1969) - King Crimson
118. This Year's Model (1978) - Elvis Costello
119. Sign o' the Times (1987) - Prince
120. American Idiot (2004) - Green Day
121. Daydream Nation (1988) - Sonic Youth
122. In Utero (1993) - Nirvana
123. Enter The Wu-Tang (1993) - Wu-Tang Clan
124. Paid in Full (1987) - Eric B. & Rakim
125. Rage Against The Machine (1992) - Rage Against The Machine
126. The Low End Theory (1991) - A Tribe Called Quest
127. Elephant (2003) - The White Stripes
128. Bo Diddley (1958) - Bo Diddley
129. Radio (1985) - LL Cool J
130. Axis: Bold as Love (1967) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
131. Surrealistic Pillow (1967) - Jefferson Airplane
132. Music from Big Pink (1968) - The Band
133. Lady Soul (1968) - Aretha Franklin
134. FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006) - Justin Timberlake
135. Is This It (2001) - The Strokes
136. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995) - The Smashing Pumpkins
137. Superunknown (1994) - Soundgarden
138. Hot Buttered Soul (1969) - Isaac Hayes
139. At Last! (1960) - Etta James
140. Doolittle (1989) - Pixies
141. 21 (2011) - Adele
142. 1989 (2014) - Taylor Swift
143. Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) - The Byrds
144. Boston (1976) - Boston
145. MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) - Nirvana
146. Rio (1982) - Duran Duran
147. Bat Out of Hell (1977) - Meat Loaf
148. Lemonade (2016) - Beyonce
149. Channel Orange (2012) - Frank Ocean
150. Parallel Lines (1978) - Blondie
151. My Aim Is True (1977) - Elvis Costello
152. Marquee Moon (1977) - Television
153. Brothers in Arms (1985) - Dire Straits
154. 1984 (1984) - Van Halen
155. CrazySexyCool (1994) - TLC
156. Siamese Dream (1993) - The Smashing Pumpkins
157. All Eyez On Me (1996) - 2pac
158. Paul's Boutique (1989) - Beastie Boys
159. Bad (1987) - Michael Jackson
160. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966) - The Mamas & the Papas
161. Whitney Houston (1985) - Whitney Houston
162. Cosmo's Factory (1970) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
163. Deja Vu (1970) - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
164. Trans-Europe Express (1977) - Kraftwerk
165. One Nation Under a Groove (1978) - Funkadelic
166. Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968) - The Byrds
167. Curtis (1970) - Curtis Mayfield
168. Kick Out the Jams (1969) - MC5
169. Low (1977) - David Bowie
170. Dare (1981) - The Human League
171. The Slim Shady LP (1999) - Eminem
172. Green River (1969) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
173. Late Registration (2005) - Kanye West
174. Beauty and the Beat (1981) - The Go-Go's
175. Mothership Connection (1975) - Parliament
176. Dirt (1992) - Alice in Chains
177. Fear of a Black Planet (1990) - Public Enemy
178. Weezer (The Blue Album) (1994) - Weezer
179. Exodus (1977) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
180. Damn (2017) - Kendrick Lamar
181. Definitely Maybe (1994) - Oasis
182. Out of Time (1991) - R.E.M.
183. Aquemini (1998) - Outkast
184. Days of Future Passed (1967) - Moody Blues
185. Something Else by the Kinks (1967) - The Kinks
186. Life After Death (1997) - The Notorious B.I.G.
187. War (1983) - U2
188. Like a Prayer (1986) - Madonna
189. That's the Way of the World (1975) - Earth, Wind & Fire
190. Come Away With Me (2002) - Norah Jones
191. Songs In A Minor (2001) - Alicia Keys
192. Let's Get It On (1973) - Marvin Gaye
193. Beyoncé (2014) - Beyoncé
194. A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) - Coldplay
195. Tha Carter lll (2008) - Lil Wayne
196. The Fame (2008) - Lady Gaga
197. Call Me (1973) - Al Green
198. The Unforgettable Fire (1984) - U2
199. Me Against the World (1995) - 2pac
200. Closer (1980) - Joy Division

201. Unknown Pleasures (1979) - Joy Division
202. Bookends (1968) - Simon & Garfunkel
203. Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) - Crosby, Stills & Nash
204. Wish You Were Here (1975) - Pink Floyd
205. Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) - Janet Jackson
206. The Bends - (1995) - Radiohead
207. All Things Must Pass (1970) - George Harrison
208. Grace (1994) - Jeff Buckley
209. So (1986) - Peter Gabriel
210. Odelay (1996) - Beck
211. Doggystyle (1993) - Snoop Doggy Dogg
212. Catch a Fire (1973) - Bob Marley and the Wailers
213. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) - Derek and the Dominos
214. Funeral (2004) - Arcade Fire
215. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) - Pink Floyd
216. LA Woman (1971) - The Doors
217. Hunky Dory (1971) - David Bowie
218. Use Your Illusion I (1991) - Guns N' Roses
219. Use Your Illusion II (1991) - Guns N' Roses
220. Random Access Memories (2013) - Daft Punk
221. Take Care (2011) - Drake
222. At Fillmore East (1971) - The Allman Brothers Band
223. Imagine (1971) - John Lennon
224. Physical Graffiti (1975) - Led Zeppelin
225. Back to Black (2006) - Amy Winehouse
226. Magical Mystery Tour (1967) - The Beatles
227. In Rainbows (2007) - Radiohead
228. Quadrophenia (1973) - The Who
229. (Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) (1973) - Lynyrd Skynyrd
230. Blonde (2016) - Frank Ocean
231. Blackstar (2016) - David Bowie
232. The Suburbs (2011) - Arcade Fire
233. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968) - The Kinks
234. Cheap Thrills (1968) - Big Brother and the Holding Company
235. Trout Mask Replica (1969) - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
236. Dusty in Memphis (1969) - Dusty Springfield
237. Forever Changes (1967) - Love
238. Bad Girls (1979) - Donna Summer
239. The Ice Man Cometh (1968) - Jerry Butler
240. Californication (1999) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
241. Rain Dogs (1985) - Tom Waits
242. Vs (1993) - Pearl Jam
243. Abraxas (1970) - Santana
244. Hysteria (1987) - Def Leppard
245. Slippery When Wet (1986) - Bon Jovi
246. Elvis Is Back! (1960) - Elvis Presley
247. Disintegration (1989) - The Cure
248. Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974) - Stevie Wonder
249. Pearl (1971) - Janis Joplin
250. Court and Spark (1974) - Joni Mitchell
251. From Elvis In Memphis (1969) - Elvis Presley
252. Let It Be (1970) - The Beatles
253. Tracy Chapman (1988) - Tracy Chapman
254. Hounds of Love (1985) - Kate Bush
255. The River (1980) - Bruce Springsteen
256. The Message (1982) - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
257. Violator (1990) - Depeche Mode
258. Baduizm (1997) - Erykah Badu
259. Ill Communication (1994) - Beastie Boys
260. The Temptations Sing Smokey (1965) - The Temptations
261. Going To a Go-Go (1965) - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
262. Green Onions (1962) - Booker T. and the MG's
263. Highway to Hell (1979) - AC/DC
264. Aenima (1996) - Tool
265. Unplugged (1992) - Eric Clapton
266. Wheels Of Fire (1968) - Cream
267. The Stone Roses (1989) - The Stone Roses
268. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969) - Neil Young and Crazy Horse
269. Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975) - Elton John
270. She's So Unusual (1983) - Cyndi Lauper
271. American Beauty (1970) - Grateful Dead
272. Pretenders (1979) - Pretenders
273. The Stranger (1977) - Billy Joel
274. Urban Hymns (1997) - The Verve
275. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) - Bruce Springsteen
276. Help! (1965) - The Beatles
277. Faith (1987) - George Michael
278. Odessey and Oracle (1968) - The Zombies
279. Nothing's Shocking (1988) - Jane's Addiction
280. Ray of Light (1998) - Madonna
281. Risqué (1979) - Chic
282. Freak Out! (1966) - The Mothers of Invention
283. Fragile (1971) - Yes
284. Aqualung (1971) - Jethro Tull
285. Red (2012) - Taylor Swift
286. Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) - 50 Cent
287. The Eminem Show (2002) - Eminem
288. Toys in the Attic (1975) - Aerosmith
289. Blue Lines (1991) - Massive Attack
290. Daydream (1994) - Mariah Carey
291. Band on the Run (1973) - Paul McCartney and Wings
292. The Beach Boys Today! (1965) - The Beach Boys
293. Young, Gifted & Black (1972) - Aretha Franklin
294. Deep Purple in Rock (1970) - Deep Purple
295. Fun House (1970) - Iggy Pop & the Stooges
296. Reign in Blood (1986) - Slayer
297. Ace of Spades (1980) - Motörhead
298. A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963) - various artists
299. We're Only in It for the Money (1968) - The Mothers of Invention
300. Maggot Brain (1971) - Funkadelic

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