Albums Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums  

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List Rules Only vote up bands or artists who have released five great albums. Not good albums. GREAT albums. This only includes studio albums. No live albums. No B-side collections.

Building a successful band is tough but keeping it going is much tougher. Even some of history's biggest, best-selling bands couldn't repeat the magic more than once. Break-ups and bad musical decisions have sabotaged some of the all-time best bands and artists. Just how hard is it? The Smiths, Cream and Velvet Underground lasted just four albums. Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix? Just three. The Sex Pistols? Only one.

Sure, plenty of bands continue to release albums for years but that doesn't mean they are good. The list of artists who have released what would be considered five great albums isn't as long as you might think. Not everyone can successfully reinvent themselves like Bob Dylan or The Beatles or stay as consistent as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. 

So which artists have gone the distance five full times? 

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1
266 145
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
191 169
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
182 160
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

4
143 145
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

5
120 142
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

6
128 155
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

7
143 181
Queen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
98 117
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

9
115 142
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

10
125 158
Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
102 125
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

12
99 135
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rhythm and blues

13
120 171
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

14
90 124
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

15
96 135
Yes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Michael McGinnis added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

16
92 130
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
84 119
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
81 115
U2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

19
89 133
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
11 5
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

21
83 135
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

22
18 21
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

23
86 141
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

24
71 115
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

25
72 119
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

26
64 105
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

27
72 123
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

28
62 105
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

29
72 127
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

30
7 7
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

31
62 111
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

32
60 110
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

33
6 9
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

34
6 9
Santana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

35
13 23
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

36
13 24
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

37
4 9
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

38
12 25
rem is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added rem

39
11 24
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

40
10 22
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

41
10 24
Roxy Music is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Protopunk

42
10 24
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

43
8 20
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

44
10 25
Devo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Synthpunk, New Wave, Synthpop

45
56 120
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
46 102
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
7 22
The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

48
45 106
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
85 193
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

50
52 122
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock