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The Greatest Albums of All-Time 

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This is a list of the greatest albums of all time, created and ranked by music fans worldwide. Music is as subjective as any art form, but most people can agree that there are works that rise above the rest and go down as the best albums of all time, regardless of their genre. This is not a list of your "favorite" albums, but a list of the "greatest" albums. Whatever your musical tastes, vote and rank the albums you think had the most impact on music, the most influence on culture and other musicians... the greatest relevance to their genre. From Diamond-certified albums to the most popular albums ever, this list has them all.

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1
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hea... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1967); Tracks: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band & Within You Without You

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

"Fixing a Hole"

2
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1969); Tracks: Here Comes the Sun, Oh! Darling & Because

"Something"

"Come Together"

"Because"

3
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1966); Tracks: Yellow Submarine, Taxman & She Said She Said

"Eleanor Rigby"

 "Yellow Submarine"

"Here, There and Everywhere"

4
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1965); Tracks: Drive My Car, If I Needed Someone & Girl

"Drive My Car"

"You Won't See Me"

"Nowhere Man"

5
The Rise and Fall of Zig... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By David Bowie (1972); Tracks: Ziggy Stardust, Rock 'N' Roll Suicide & Hang On To Yourself

"Starman"

"Suffragette City"

"Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"

6
Help! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1965); Tracks: Yesterday, Another Girl & Ticket to Ride

"Ticket to Ride"

"Help!"

"You're Going to Lose That Girl"

7
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968); Tracks: Little Miss Strange, Burning of the Midnight Lamp & House Burning Down

"All Along the Watchtower"

"Crosstown Traffic"

"Voodoo Chile [sic]"

8
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beach Boys (1966); Tracks: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, God Only Knows (live) & Here Today

"Caroline, No"

"Sloop John B"

"Wouldn't It Be Nice"

9
Let It Bleed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Rolling Stones (1969); Tracks: Midnight Rambler, Let It Bleed & Live With Me

"Let It Bleed"

"You Got the Silver"

"Live with Me"

10
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By Led Zeppelin (1973); Tracks: The Ocean, The Crunge & The Rain Song

"Over the Hills and Far Away"

"Dancing Days"

"D'yer Mak'er" 

11
Magical Mystery Tour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time

"Magical Mystery Tour"

"The Fool on the Hill"

"Your Mother Should Know"

12
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Who (1965); Tracks: Instant Party (Circles), Much Too Much & A Legal Matter
13
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Who (1973); Tracks: I’ve Had Enough, The Punk and the Godfather & 5:15

"5.15"

"Water"

"Love, Reign o'er Me"

14
Green River is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969); Tracks: Commotion, Cross‐Tie Walker & Tombstone Shadow

"Bad Moon Rising"

"Lodi"

"Green River"

15
Surrealistic Pillow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By Jefferson Airplane (1967); Tracks: D.C.B.A.-25, Plastic Fantastic Lover & My Best Friend
16
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967); Tracks: Remember, Third Stone From the Sun & Are You Experienced?

"Foxy Lady"

"Can You See Me"

"Love or Confusion"

17
Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Rolling Stones (1972); Tracks: Soul Survivor, Shine a Light & I Just Want to See His Face

"Tumbling Dice"

"Sweet Black Angel"

"Happy"

18
Sounds of Silence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By Simon and Garfunkel (1966); Tracks: I Am a Rock, Somewhere They Can’t Find Me & Kathy’s Song

"The Sound of Silence"

"Homeward Bound"

"I Am a Rock"

19
Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Doors (1967); Tracks: Moonlight Drive, When the Music’s Over & My Eyes Have Seen You
20
Electric Warrior is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By T. Rex (1971); Tracks: Planet Queen, Monolith & Lean Woman Blues

"Get It On"

"Cosmic Dancer"

"Jeepster"

21
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Who and London Symphony Orchestra (1969); Tracks: Sally Simpson, I’m Free & Tommy’s Holiday Camp

"Pinball Wizard"

"Dogs (Part Two)"

"I'm Free"

22
Please Please Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1963); Tracks: Please Please Me, A Taste of Honey & Baby It’s You

"Love Me Do"

"Please Please Me"

"Misery"

23
Beatles for Sale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1964); Tracks: I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party, Medley: Kansas City / Hey‐Hey‐Hey‐Hey! & Baby’s in Black

"I'm a Loser"

"No Reply"

"I'll Follow the Sun"

24
The Freewheelin' Bob Dyl... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By Bob Dylan (1963); Tracks: Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Gamblin' Willie & Rocks and Gravel

"Blowin' in the Wind"

"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"

"Talkin' World War III Blues"

25
Beatlemania! With The Be... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Beatles (1963); Tracks: Not a Second Time, Please Mister Postman & You Really Got a Hold on Me