Bands/Musicians 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
132 106
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
101 107
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
72 86
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

4
71 87
Rush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
54 63
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

6
76 96
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

7
52 61
Yes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Michael McGinnis added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

8
50 59
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

9
80 106
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

10
84 113
Queen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
52 65
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
57 74
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

13
47 59
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

14
51 67
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
48 63
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

16
47 62
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
57 84
The Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

18
53 80
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rhythm and blues

19
61 94
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

20
39 57
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

21
42 63
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

22
43 66
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
81 133
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

24
35 54
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

25
43 68
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
35 58
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
80 141
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

28
29 53
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
49 94
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

30
34 66
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
37 87
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

32
29 72
U2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

33
23 61
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

34
21 57
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

35
23 64
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

36
27 74
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

37
24 83
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

38
25 88
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

39
19 75
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

40
17 69
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

41
17 70
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

42
16 67
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Jdoggy added Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

43
18 74
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

44
16 68
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

45
15 67
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

46
13 61
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

47
15 68
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

48
14 65
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

49
13 62
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

50
15 69
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music