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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
Help! is listed (or ranked) 5 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"

6
Electric Ladyland is listed (or ranked) 6 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]"

7
Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
My Generation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Who (1965); Tracks: Instant Party (Circles), Much Too Much & A Legal Matter
9
It's Only Rock'n Roll is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Rolling Stones (1974); Tracks: Luxury, Fingerprint File & Short and Curlies
10
The Rise and Fall of Zig... is listed (or ranked) 10 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"

11
Green River is listed (or ranked) 11 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"

12
Surrealistic Pillow is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Their Satanic Majesties ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Rolling Stones (1967); Tracks: Sing This All Together (See What Happens), The Lantern & Sing This All Together
14
Goats Head Soup is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Rolling Stones (1973); Tracks: Angie, Hide Your Love & Silver Train
15
Let It Bleed is listed (or ranked) 15 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"

16
Willy and the Poor Boys ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
chrispritchard594 added By Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969); Tracks: Side o’ the Road, Fortunate Sun & Cotton Fields
17
Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 17 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" 

18
Pet Sounds is listed (or ranked) 18 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"

19
Kinks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Kinks (1964); Tracks: I’m a Lover Not a Fighter, Got Love If You Want It & Long Tall Shorty
20
Beatles for Sale is listed (or ranked) 20 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"

21
School's Out is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By Alice Cooper (1972); Tracks: Alma Mater, My Stars & Luney Tune
22
Magical Mystery Tour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time

"Magical Mystery Tour"

"The Fool on the Hill"

"Your Mother Should Know"

23
Meaty Beaty Big and Boun... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
24
Quadrophenia is listed (or ranked) 24 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"

25
Between the Buttons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Albums of All-Time
By The Rolling Stones (1967); Tracks: Please Go Home, Cool & Calm & Collected

"Cool, Calm & Collected"

"My Obsession"

"She Smiled Sweetly"