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.

Check Your Head is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time
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Check Your Head


Artist: Beastie Boys

Release Date: 1992

Tracks: The Blue Nun, Time for Livin’, Finger Lickin’ Good, Gratitude, Pass the Mic, + more

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

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#37 on The Best Albums of the 1990s

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Paul's Boutique is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beastie Boys Albums of All Time
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Paul's Boutique


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, + more

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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#61 on The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

#11 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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

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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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Licensed to Ill


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, + more

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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#41 on The Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time

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

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

#62 on What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

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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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Ill Communication


Artist: Beastie Boys

Release Date: 1994

Producer: Mario Caldato Jr., Beastie Boys

Tracks: Alright Hear This, Sabrosa, Bodhisattva Vow, Ricky’s Theme, Transitions, + more

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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#26 on The Best Albums of the 1990s

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