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Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums

Updated June 26, 2020 43.2k votes 2.3k voters 10.1k views139 items

List RulesOnly 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? 

  • 1

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver
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  • 2

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
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  • 3

    Pink Floyd

    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon
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  • 4

    The Rolling Stones

    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St.
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  • 5

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Green River, Cosmo's Factory
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  • 6


    A Night at the Opera, Queen
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  • 7

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy
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  • 8

    Bob Dylan

    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks
    Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual...  more

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  • 9

    David Bowie

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  • 10

    Elton John

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King
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  • 11

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes
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  • 12

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Pipes of Peace
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  • 13

    Stevie Wonder

    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions
    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is...  more

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  • 14


    Back in Black, Highway to Hell
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  • 15


    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits
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  • 16
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  • 17

    The Doors

    The Doors, L.A. Woman
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  • 18


    Moving Pictures, 2112
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  • 19

    Bruce Springsteen

    Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A.
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  • 20

    Electric Light Orchestra

    Out of the Blue, Time
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  • 21

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads
    Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer,...  more

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  • 22

    Billy Joel

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    William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and...  more

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  • 23

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath
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  • 24

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
    Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have...  more

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  • 25

    Neil Young

    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
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