Hip-Hop Albums The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time  

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

The Beastie Boys are not only considered one of the best hip hop groups of all time, but are one of the greatest bands ever, rightfully earning a place in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Beastie Boys albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in 1979 in New York City, the Beastie Boys originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band, until 1983 when they branched out into the hip hop genre. By 1985, they released Licensed to Ill (1986) with the fourth single off the LP, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)," sealing their legend status.

This Beastie Boys discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Beastie Boys albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Beastie Boys singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Beastie Boys 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 Beastie Boys album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

Paul's Boutique (1989) and Licensed to Ill (1986) are only the beginning of the Beastie Boys albums on this list. This list of popular Beastie Boys CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time
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Artist: Beastie Boys

Release Date: 1989

Producer: Mario Caldato Jr., Dust Brothers

Tracks: Mike on the Mic, Shake Your Rump, 5-Piece Chicken Dinner, 5 Piece Chicken Dinner, Car Thief, Shadrach, Car Thief, Year and a Day, Eggman, 3 Minute Rule, 3-Minute Rule, The Sounds of Science, B-Boy Bouillabaisse, To All the Girls, Stop That Train, Hey Ladies, Johnny Ryall, Sounds of Science, What Comes Around, What Comes Around, Get on the Mic, Lay It on Me, Hey Ladies, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun, To All the Girls (reprise), Shadrach, Hello Brooklyn, High Plains Drifter, A.W.O.L., Ask for Janice, Johnny Ryall, Egg Man, Ask for Janice, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun, 59 Chrystie Street, Eggman, Dropping Names

Length (mins): 00:53:11

Label: Capitol Records

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Experimental hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Rapcore, + more

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#12 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

#79 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

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Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time
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Artist: Beastie Boys

Release Date: 1992

Tracks: The Blue Nun, Time for Livin’, Finger Lickin’ Good, Gratitude, Pass the Mic, Finger Lickin’ Good (Government Cheese remix), In 3’s, The Skills to Pay the Bills (original version), Groove Holmes (Live vs. The Biz), Stand Together, Mark on the Bus, Jimmy James (original original version), Live at P.J.’s, Funky Boss, So What’cha Want (All the Way Live Freestyle version), Netty’s Girl, Gratitude (live at Budokan), Pow, Jimmy James, Namasté, Pass the Mic, Part 2: Skills to Pay the Bills, The Maestro, So What’cha Want (Soul Assassin remix version), Groove Holmes, Honky Rink, Lighten Up, Something’s Got to Give, Drinkin’ Wine, Drunken Praying Mantis Style, The Biz vs. The Nuge, So What’cha Want, Stand Together (live at French’s Tavern, Sydney, Australia), Boomin’ Granny, Professor Booty, Dub the Mic (instrumental), So What’cha Want (Butt Naked version)

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Hardcore punk, Hip hop music, Punk rock, Alternative hip hop, + more

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#38 on The Best Albums of the 1990s

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Licensed to Ill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time
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Artist: Beastie Boys

Release Date: 1986

Producer: Rick Rubin, Beastie Boys

Tracks: She's Crafty, Slow Ride, Posse in Effect, Brass Monkey, Fight for Your Right, Paul Revere, The New Style, Girls, Rhymin & Stealin, Slow and Low, Hold It Now, Hit It, Time to Get Ill, No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Length (mins): 00:44:33

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hardcore punk, Hard rock, Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, + more

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#49 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

#69 on The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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Ill Communication is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time
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Artist: Beastie Boys

Release Date: 1994

Producer: Mario Caldato Jr., Beastie Boys

Tracks: Alright Hear This, Sabrosa, Bodhisattva Vow, Ricky’s Theme, Transitions, The Update, Eugene’s Lament, B-Boys Makin' With the Freak Freak, Root Down, Bobo on the Corner, The Vibes, Resolution Time, Sabotage, Get It Together, Do It, Heart Attack Man, Sure Shot, The Scoop, Dope Little Song, Shambala, Futterman’s Rule, Flute Loop, Mullet Head, Tough Guy

Length (mins): 01:10:36

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Hardcore punk, Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop, Punk rock, + more

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#29 on The Best Albums of the 1990s

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