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
135 112
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
104 113
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
82 100
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

4
75 92
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

5
75 93
Rush is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
57 69
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

7
85 112
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

8
87 120
Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
54 69
Yes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Michael McGinnis added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

10
52 67
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
55 72
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
60 80
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

13
54 73
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
51 69
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

15
49 66
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

16
50 68
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
60 88
The Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

18
57 84
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rhythm and blues

19
42 60
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

20
46 68
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
63 99
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

22
82 138
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

23
43 69
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

24
44 74
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

25
36 60
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

26
36 64
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
80 147
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

28
32 57
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
51 98
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

30
36 70
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
33 75
U2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
38 92
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

33
22 63
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
28 79
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

35
23 68
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

36
23 71
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

37
24 88
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

38
25 93
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 80
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

40
12 57
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Rock, Blues,

41
17 74
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

42
17 75
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

43
14 65
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

44
16 72
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Jdoggy added Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

45
18 79
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

46
16 73
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

47
14 67
Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

48
20 89
Prince is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

49
15 72
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

50
15 73
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock