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
304 177
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
211 191
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
218 207
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
167 174
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

5
153 191
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

6
175 224
Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
143 179
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

8
139 179
The Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

9
120 157
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

10
140 192
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

11
136 187
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
109 148
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

13
104 147
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

14
23 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
109 158
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rhythm and blues

16
106 160
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
99 150
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

18
88 134
U2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

19
91 140
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
100 157
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

21
96 152
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

22
81 131
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
79 130
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

24
22 32
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

25
89 153
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
70 119
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

27
67 116
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

28
77 135
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

29
68 122
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

30
12 18
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
63 119
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

32
75 142
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

33
10 19
Santana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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
The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added Jangle pop, Pop punk, Heartland rock

50
6 23
Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thomas Rudnicki added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock