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All Rock Operas 

Adam Tyler
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Complete rock operas list - every rock opera concept album is listed here, with cover artwork. This rock opera list is alphabetical by album title, but can be sorted by any column. There are well over 100 rock operas released across all genres including hard rock, metal, southern rock, alternative rock, and even punk (thank you Green Day). And of course progressive rock - prog rock operas are a staple of the genre. This list includes concept albums that may not have been specifically portrayed as "Rock Operas" by the bands or artists, such as Rush's 2112, but fit the Rock Opera format as a narrative piece with characters.

What examples of rock operas? Well, there's the original and perhaps the most famous one: The Who's iconic ode to the healing power of music in Tommy. This deaf, dumb and blind kid who witnessed murder as a youth was rescued by the music and the pinball wizard became a legend. This is just one of the many examples of amazing rock operas that have existed since the 1960s at the advent of the mainstream rock movement. 
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01011001 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Rock Operas
By Ayreon (2008); Tracks: Newborn Race: a) The Incentive / b) The Vision / c) The Procedure / d) Another Life / e) Newborn Race / f) The Conclusion, Liquid Eternity & Web of Lies
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2112 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Rock Operas
By Rush (1976); Tracks: Tears, 2112: I. Overture / II. The Temples of Syrinx / III. Discovery / IV. Presentation / V. Oracle: The Dream / VI. Soliloquy / VII. Grand Finale & Something for Nothing
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21st Century Breakdown ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Rock Operas
By Green Day (2009); Tracks: See the Light, Murder City & Last of the American Girls
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Abigail is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Rock Operas
By King Diamond (1987); Tracks: The Family Ghost, Omens & Funeral
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Abigail II: The Revenge ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Rock Operas
By King Diamond (2002); Tracks: Miriam, Spare This Life & The Wheelchair
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Act I: The Lake South, T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Rock Operas
By The Dear Hunter (2006); Tracks: 1878, City Escape & The River North
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Act II: The Father of De... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Rock Operas
By The Protomen (2009); Tracks: Keep Quiet, How the World Fell Under Darkness & Breaking Out
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Act II: The Meaning of, ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Rock Operas
By The Dear Hunter (2007); Tracks: Blood of the Rose, The Church & The Dime & The Bitter Suite III: Embrace
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Act III: Life and Death ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Rock Operas
By The Dear Hunter (2009); Tracks: Life and Death, Son & Mustard Gas
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AD/BC: A Rock Opera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Rock Operas
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American Idiot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Rock Operas
By Green Day (2004); Tracks: Are We the Waiting, Holiday / Boulevard of Broken Dreams & Holiday
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Angel of Babylon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Rock Operas
By Avantasia (2010); Tracks: Stargazers, Journey to Arcadia & Promised Land
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Arthur (or The Decline a... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Rock Operas
By The Kinks (1969); Tracks: Shangri‚ÄźLa, Yes Sir & No Sir
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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Rock Operas
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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Rock Operas
By Meat Loaf (1977); Tracks: Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Paradise by the Dashboard Light & Heaven Can Wait
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Beethoven's Last Night ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Rock Operas
By Trans-Siberian Orchestra (2000); Tracks: Mephistopheles' Return, Fate & The Dreams of Candlelight
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Beyond Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Rock Operas
By Gwar (2006); Tracks: Destroyed, I Love the Pigs & Murderer's Muse
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The Black Halo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Rock Operas
By Kamelot and Shagrath (2005); Tracks: The Black Halo, Nothing Ever Dies & Moonlight
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The Black Parade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All Rock Operas
By My Chemical Romance (2006); Tracks: The Sharpest Lives, Famous Last Words & The End.
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The Black Rider is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All Rock Operas
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Blows Against the Empire... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All Rock Operas
By Jefferson Starship and Paul Kantner (1970); Tracks: Hijack, Have You Seen the Stars Tonite & Let's Go Together
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The Boy Who Heard Music ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All Rock Operas
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Chemical Warfare Brigade... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All Rock Operas
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Chess (2001 Danish tour ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All Rock Operas
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The Christmas Attic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All Rock Operas
By Trans-Siberian Orchestra (1998); Tracks: The Snow Came Down, Boughs of Holly & Joy / Angels We Have Heard on High