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
302 177
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
209 191
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
217 207
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
166 174
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

5
153 189
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

6
173 224
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
141 178
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

8
138 179
The Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

9
120 156
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

10
139 192
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

11
109 147
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

12
135 187
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
104 146
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

14
22 19
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

15
108 158
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rhythm and blues

16
106 159
Yes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Michael McGinnis added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

17
88 132
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

18
98 150
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

19
90 139
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
96 151
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
99 157
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

22
80 131
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

23
78 130
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

24
70 118
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

25
88 153
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

26
67 115
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

27
21 32
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

28
12 17
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

29
76 135
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

30
67 122
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

31
63 118
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

32
10 18
Santana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

33
74 142
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

34
16 35
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

35
15 33
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

36
15 33
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

37
14 32
rem is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added rem

38
11 28
Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

39
6 18
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

40
4 14
Twenty One Pilots is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Kyle8820 added Synthpop, Pop music, Indietronica

41
11 30
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
11 30
King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Experimental rock

43
11 31
Brian Eno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Electronic music, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music

44
48 110
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

45
57 131
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
55 129
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

47
4 17
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

48
0 4
Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
JennStarzynski added Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

49
6 23
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

50
89 207
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop