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Bands Or Artists With Five Great Albums

Updated June 26, 2020 44.2k votes 2.3k voters 9.7k 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? 

  • The Beatles1
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    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
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  • Led Zeppelin2
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    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
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  • Pink Floyd3
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    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
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  • The Rolling Stones4
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    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
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  • Creedence Clearwater Revival5
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    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
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  • Queen6
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    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
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  • The Who7
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    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
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    Every Song in Tommy, Ranked by Singability#78 of 355 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  • Bob Dylan8
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    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
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  • David Bowie9
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    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
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  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers10
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    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
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  • Elton John11
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    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
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  • Paul McCartney12
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    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
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  • AC/DC13
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    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
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  • Stevie Wonder14
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    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
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  • Eagles15
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    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
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  • Van Halen16
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    Van Halen is the debut studio album by American rock band Van Halen. Released on February 10,...  more
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  • Rush17
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    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
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  • Billy Joel18
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    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
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  • The Doors19
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    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
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  • Bruce Springsteen20
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    Bruce Springsteen

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

    Genres (Music)Americana, Blues-rock, Country

    Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an...  more
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  • Frank Sinatra21
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    Frank Sinatra

    Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours

    Genres (Music)Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band, Jazz, Vocal music

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and...  more
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  • Black Sabbath22
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    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
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  • Eric Clapton23
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    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
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  • U224
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    U2

    The Joshua Tree, War

    Genres (Music)Rock, Punk

    U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead...  more
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  • Electric Light Orchestra25
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    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
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