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List Rules Must be a band/artist's second full-length album. No EPs, live albums, reissues, etc.

The best sophomore albums of all time include some of the greatest albums of all time and will largely divide music fans as to whether they're the best second albums ever or just another record in a musician's collection. Many of these second albums by bands are superior to the first albums, while others are simply better than most other albums ever released.

It was Elvis Costello who once said something to the effect of "you have your whole life to write your first record and six months to write the second"; it's quite the daunting task for a musician or band who has found themselves fast in the spotlight and under pressure to turn out a second album that's as successful as the first. Most bands fail when it comes to record #2 and never rebound (The Strokes, Futureheads, Tokyo Police Club) while others have done some of their best work many albums in (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bad Religion, Gogol Bordello). Many of the bands on this list of the greatest sophomore albums went on put out albums better than the first or second, and some just gave up after their sophomore effort.

What is the best sophomore album of all time? What band put out the greatest second album? What bands had better second records than the first? This list of the best second albums by bands is sure to spark a debate among music fans, and that's precisely the point. Make sure to vote for your favorite sophomore album and feel free to add any great second albums that aren't on the list.

If your favorite band made an awful second album, do not put them on the list just because they are your favorite band! This list is about the top second records by bands, not a list of bands that people like. These are important albums that have stood the test of time that will still be the top albums in years to come. If you're out to vote for the best bands ever, check out the greatest bands of all time and vote there.

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Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

The Greatest Albums of All Time The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

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Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

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The Bends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
The Bends Radiohead

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Siamese Dream is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Siamese Dream The Smashing Pumpkins

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Dirt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Dirt Alice in Chains

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Queen II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Queen II Queen

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(What's the Story) Morning Glo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Ride the Lightning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Ride the Lightning Metallica

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Axis: Bold as Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys

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The Colour and the Shape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Back to Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Back to Black Amy Winehouse

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Ænima is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Ænima Tool

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Pinkerton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Pinkerton Weezer

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The Downward Spiral is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails

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Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Strange Days The Doors

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Vs. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Vs. Pearl Jam

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Toxicity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Toxicity System of a Down

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Beatlemania! With The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Doolittle Pixies

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Sounds of Silence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Sounds of Silence Simon and Garfunkel

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The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Tragic Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Tragic Kingdom No Doubt

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
The Band The Band

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Demon Days is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Demon Days Gorillaz

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Piano Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Piano Man Billy Joel

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The Marshall Mathers LP is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Evil Empire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Evil Empire Rage Against the Machine

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A Rush of Blood to the Head is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Rated R is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Rated R Queens of the Stone Age

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Dookie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Dookie Green Day

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowher... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Astral Weeks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Astral Weeks Van Morrison

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Transformer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Transformer Lou Reed

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Ritual de lo habitual is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Ritual de lo habitual Jane's Addiction

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21 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
21 Adele

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Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Origin of Symmetry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Closer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Closer Joy Division

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More Songs About Buildings and... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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It Takes a Nation of Millions ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Peace Sells... but Who's Buyin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time The Best American Clothing Brands

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Imagine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Imagine John Lennon

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This Year's Model is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
This Year's Model Elvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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Vulgar Display of Power is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Parallel Lines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Parallel Lines Blondie

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Ranker Video v

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Fashion Nugget is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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Neon Bible is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time
Neon Bible Arcade Fire