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The Best Bad Brains Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 433 votes 170 voters 8.8k views 10 items

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Bad Brains are considered one of the best hardcore bands and one of the best punk rock bands. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Bad Brains albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in Washington, D.C., in 1977, Bad Brains redefined hardcore American punk with their self-titled debut in 1982, and released their most successful album four years later with I Against I (1986).

This Bad Brains discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Bad Brains albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Bad Brains singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Bad Brains album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Bad Brains album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

Examples of albums on this list include their sophomore release Rock for Light (1983) and their more recent release, Into the Future (2012). This list of popular Bad Brains CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bad Brains Albums of All Time
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1. I Love I Jah
2. I
3. Sailin' On
4. The Big Takeover

Release Date: 1982

Artist: Bad Brains

Tracks: Banned in D.C., Big Take Over, Leaving Babylon, + more

Genres (Music): Hardcore punk, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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I Against I is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bad Brains Albums of All Time
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1. Intro
2. I Against I
3. House of Suffering
4. Re-Ignition
5. Secret 77
6. Let Me Help
7. She's Calling You
8. Sacred Love
9. Hired Gun
10. Return to Heaven

Release Date: 1986

Artist: Bad Brains

Tracks: Re-Ignition, Sacred Love, House of Suffering, + more

Length (mins): 00:31:30

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Hardcore punk, Alternative metal

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Rock for Light is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bad Brains Albums of All Time
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1. Coptic Times
2. Attitude
3. We Will Not
4. Sailin' On
5. Rally 'Round Jah Throne
6. Right Brigade
7. F.V.K.
8. Riot Squad
9. The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
10. Joshua's Song
11. Banned in D.C.
12. How Low Can a Punk Get?
13. Big Takeover
14. I and I Survive
15. Destroy Babylon
16. Rock for Light
17. At the Movies

Release Date: 1983

Artist: Bad Brains

Tracks: Coptic Times, At the Movies, F.V.K., + more

Genres (Music): Hardcore punk, Reggae

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Black Dots is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bad Brains Albums of All Time
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1. Don't Need It
2. At the Atlantis
3. Pay to Cum
4. Supertouch/Shitfit
5. Regulator
6. You're a Migraine
7. Don't Bother Me
8. Banned in D.C.
9. Why'd You Have to Go?
10. The Man Won't Annoy Ya
11. Redbone in the City
12. Black Dots
13. How Low Can a Punk Get?
14. Just Another Damn Song
15. Attitude
16. Send You No Flowers

Release Date: 1996

Artist: Bad Brains

Tracks: Don't Need It, Attitude, Supertouch/Shittfit, + more

Length (mins): 00:34:43

Genres (Music): Hardcore punk, Roots reggae, Punk rock, Reggae, Dub

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