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Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Top 100 Classic Rock Albums of All Time


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August 20 marks the birth of one of the greatest classic rockers of all-time – Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant (1948). The day before saw the birthdays of three others – Cream drummer Ginger Baker (1939), Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan (1945), and Queen bassist John Deacon (1951). What better way to celebrate than with a list of the best classic rock albums of all-time, a list on which each of the aforementioned groups appears at least once?

This list was determined by an aggregate of 13 best-of lists focused on classic rock. It is very apparent how much classic rock is an album format when comparing this list to the best-albums-of-all-time list. 49 of the albums on this list also make the top 100 albums of all time list. Another 46 titles make the DMDB list of the top 1000 albums of all time.

Note: This list was originally posted on Facebook on May 2, 2011. Also, most of the album titles (and all of the album photos) below link to more detailed pages about that album.



1. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
2. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
3. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
4. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
5. The Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
6. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1979)
7. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
9. The Who: Who’s Next (1971)
10. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)



11. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (1968)
12. Boston: Boston (1976)
13. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (1975)
14. AC/DC: Back in Black (1980)
15. The Who: Tommy (1969)
16. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (1969)
17. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young: Déjà Vu (1970)
18. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (1971)
19. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
20. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)



21. Jethro Tull: Aqualung (1971)
22. Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic (1975)
23. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (1975)
24. Neil Young: Harvest (1972)
25. U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
26. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (1972)
27. Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
28. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I (1969)
29. Queen: A Night at the Opera (1975)
30. Deep Purple: Machine Head (1972)



31. AC/DC: Highway to Hell (1979)
32. Van Halen: 1984 (1984)
33. Van Morrison: Moondance (1970)
34. The Beatles: Revolver (1966)
35. Van Halen: Van Halen (1978)
36. Supertramp: Breakfast in America (1979)
37. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
38. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966)
39. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973)
40. Cream: Disraeli Gears (1967)



41. The Doors: L.A. Woman (1971)
42. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (1969)
43. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
44. The Police: Synchronicity (1983)
45. Eric Clapton: Slowhand (1977)
46. Bad Company: Bad Company (1974)
47. The Who: Quadrophenia (1973)
48. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
49. John Lennon: Imagine (1971)
50. Yes: Fragile (1971)



51. Santana: Abraxas (1970)
52. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Street Survivors (1977)
53. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)
54. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls (1978)
55. Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi (1986)
56. Rush: Moving Pictures (1981)
57. REO Speedwagon: Hi Infidelity (1980)
58. Black Sabbath: Paranoid (1970)
59. Styx: The Grand Illusion (1977)
60. Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)



61. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975)
62. Rush: Permanent Waves (1980)
63. The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (1968)
64. ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (1973)
65. Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (1987)
66. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Night Moves (1976)
67. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
68. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet (1976)
69. ZZ Top: Eliminator (1983)
70. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes (1979)



71. Kansas: Leftoverture (1976)
72. Steve Miller Band: Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
73. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (1965)
74. Derek and the Dominos: Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
75. Journey: Escape (1981)
76. The Cars: The Cars (1978)
77. Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (1973)
78. The Beatles: Let It Be (1970)
79. Eagles: The Long Run (1979)
80. Foreigner: Foreigner (1977)



81. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis – Bold As Love (1967)
82. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (1968)
83. Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever (1989)
84. Janis Joplin: Pearl (1971)
85. Styx: Pieces of Eight (1978)
86. The Allman Brothers Band: Eat a Peach (1972)
87. Steely Dan: Aja (1977)
88. Grateful Dead: American Beauty (1970)
89. Kansas: Point of Know Return (1977)
90. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (1970)



91. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (1970)
92. John Cougar (Mellencamp): American Fool (1982)
93. Styx: Paradise Theater (1981)
94. Heart: Dreamboat Annie (1976)
95. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)
96. Def Leppard: Pyromania (1983)
97. Aerosmith: Permanent Vacation (1987)
98. Queen: The Game (1980)
99. Jackson Browne: Running on Empty (1977)
100. King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)




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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for all of the time and effort you have devoted to this over the years.

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    1. Thanks, Art! I appreciate the feedback.

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