Bands/Musicians Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums  

Ranker Music
504 votes 27 voters 55 items

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? 

1
14 4
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
13 4
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
10 4
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

4
10 5
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

5
8 4
The Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

6
9 6
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
7 4
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

8
7 4
Prince is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

9
7 4
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

10
6 3
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

11
4 1
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Bob Marley Reggae

12
8 6
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

13
6 4
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

14
5 4
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

The Top Metal Albums of All Time

15
5 4
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

16
5 4
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

17
3 2
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
John Coltrane Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

18
7 7
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
6 6
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

20
5 5
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

21
4 4
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

22
4 4
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Elvis Costello New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

23
4 4
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

24
4 4
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

25
3 3
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

26
6 7
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Eagles Rhythm and blues

27
5 6
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

28
5 6
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

29
5 6
Rush is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
4 5
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
4 5
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

32
4 5
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

33
4 5
U2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

34
4 5
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Oasis Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

35
4 5
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

36
3 4
Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Jay-Z Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

37
3 4
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

38
3 4
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

39
3 4
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

40
5 7
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

41
3 5
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

42
3 5
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Judas Priest New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

The Best Singers of All Time

43
2 4
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Mötley Crüe Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
2 4
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

45
2 4
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

46
1 3
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
1 3
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

48
2 5
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

49
0 3
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

50
3 7
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music