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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. 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.

If you see an album that should be listed here, be sure to add it! And to really impact this list's order, reranking it to add your own version of how these albums should be ranked. You can also explain your choices for the best albums of all time in the top 10 comments section below. 

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1
9,164 6,526
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

2
7,916 4,458
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

3
6,982 4,506
Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin

4
7,558 4,138
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Abbey Road The Beatles

5
6,119 4,041
The White Album is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
The White Album The Beatles

6
6,006 3,530
Revolver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Revolver The Beatles

7
4,391 3,964
Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Who's Next The Who

8
5,837 3,762
Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd

9
4,787 3,701
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

10
4,322 3,296
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

11
4,586 3,581
Rumours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Rumours Fleetwood Mac

12
4,607 3,315
Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Rubber Soul The Beatles

13
4,415 3,513
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
The Doors The Doors

14
4,205 2,972
Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Celebrities Who Were Rich Before They Were Famous

15
5,277 4,712
Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Nevermind Nirvana

16
4,308 3,058
Led Zeppelin II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin

17
4,041 2,946
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Sta... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

18
3,863 3,436
A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

19
3,677 3,577
London Calling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
London Calling The Clash

20
4,440 4,153
Thriller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Thriller Michael Jackson

21
3,350 2,673
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Best R.E.M. Albums

22
3,501 3,032
Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin

23
3,960 4,128
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

24
3,295 2,726
Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones

25
3,599 3,662
Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

26
3,334 3,230
Paranoid is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Paranoid Black Sabbath

27
2,991 2,597
Let It Bleed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Let It Bleed The Rolling Stones

28
2,967 2,488
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin

The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time

29
3,669 3,370
OK Computer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
OK Computer Radiohead

30
2,383 2,200
Exile on Main St. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones

31
2,648 2,411
Highway 61 Revisited is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

32
2,992 3,574
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

33
2,855 2,826
Led Zeppelin III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin

34
2,682 2,459
Bridge Over Troubled Water is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel

35
2,704 2,530
The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
The Velvet Underground & Nico Nico, The Velvet Underground

The Worst Bands of All Time

36
747 234
Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
passionsears added Pink Floyd – The Wall

37
2,401 2,997
Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

38
2,867 2,928
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

39
2,568 2,276
Tommy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra

40
3,151 3,496
Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

41
2,025 2,006
Blonde on Blonde is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan

42
2,290 2,120
Magical Mystery Tour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

Fun Songs to Play on Guitar

43
2,449 2,220
Animals is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Animals Pink Floyd

44
2,037 2,386
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

45
2,177 2,563
What's Going On is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
What's Going On Marvin Gaye

46
1,753 1,668
Disraeli Gears is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time

47
2,256 2,162
L.A. Woman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
L.A. Woman The Doors

48
1,912 1,671
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Quadrophenia The Who

49
2,163 2,751
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time
Van Halen Van Halen

50
2,436 2,250
At Folsom Prison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Albums of All Time