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Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums

Updated June 26, 2020 45.1k votes 2.2k voters 9.0k 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
    1,009
    538

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2
    Led Zeppelin
    741
    603

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    Pink Floyd
    700
    662

    Pink Floyd

    The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock, Acid rock, Progressive rock

    Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They emerged from London's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    185
    164

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Green River, Cosmo's Factory

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop, Rock music, Garage rock

    Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    The Rolling Stones
    599
    605

    The Rolling Stones

    Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St.

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

    The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    Queen
    626
    706

    Queen

    A Night at the Opera, Queen

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Glam rock

    Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    The Who
    492
    574

    The Who

    Who's Next, Tommy

    Genres (Music)Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Protopunk, Pop rock

    The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Elton John
    288
    333

    Elton John

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

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock

    Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Bob Dylan
    449
    531

    Bob Dylan

    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

    Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    David Bowie
    506
    603

    David Bowie

    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music, Protopunk, Glam rock

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 11
    Paul McCartney
    148
    172

    Paul McCartney

    Flaming Pie, Pipes of Peace

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Classical music, Pop rock

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    264
    320

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    AC/DC
    386
    485

    AC/DC

    Back in Black, Highway to Hell

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

    AC/DC are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Stevie Wonder
    134
    161

    Stevie Wonder

    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions

    Genres (Music)Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950), better known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Eagles
    357
    470

    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits

    Genres (Music)Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Soft rock

    The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Michael Jackson
    94
    128

    Michael Jackson

    Thriller, Bad

    Genres (Music)Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music, Dance-pop, New jack swing

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Van Halen
    Van Halen is the debut studio album by American rock band Van Halen. Released on February 10,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Rush
    362
    513

    Rush

    Moving Pictures, 2112

    Genres (Music)Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Billy Joel
    167
    237

    Billy Joel

    The Stranger, Piano Man

    Genres (Music)Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock, Folk rock

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

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  • 20
    Fleetwood Mac
    239
    344

    Fleetwood Mac

    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Pop rock

    Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Black Sabbath
    349
    506

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid, Black Sabbath

    Genres (Music)Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

    Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    Electric Light Orchestra
    99
    143

    Electric Light Orchestra

    Out of the Blue, Time

    Genres (Music)Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music, Cello rock, Pop rock

    The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Eric Clapton
    146
    212

    Eric Clapton

    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock

    Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 24
    The Doors
    314
    460

    The Doors

    The Doors, L.A. Woman

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

    The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    The Beach Boys
    265
    388

    The Beach Boys

    Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Traditional pop music, Country rock

    The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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