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
133 107
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

2
102 108
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

3
73 87
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

4
73 88
Rush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
55 64
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
52 60
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

7
77 98
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

8
83 107
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

9
53 63
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
86 114
Queen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
53 67
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
48 60
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

13
58 76
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

14
52 69
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
49 65
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

16
48 64
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
58 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
55 80
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rhythm and blues

19
63 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
40 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
43 64
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

22
44 66
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

23
82 134
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

24
44 69
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
35 56
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 59
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
80 142
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

28
30 54
Mötley Crüe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

29
50 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
35 66
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
31 72
U2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
38 87
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

33
28 74
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

34
23 63
Slayer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Rock music

35
21 59
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
23 66
Oasis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Britpop, Alternative rock

37
24 84
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

38
25 89
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 76
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 70
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 71
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 68
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 75
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

44
16 69
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

45
11 54
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Glenn J. Wiener added Rock, Blues,

46
15 68
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

47
13 62
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

48
15 69
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

49
14 66
Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
New Wave, Rock music, Pub rock

50
15 70
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music