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The Best Genesis Albums of All Time

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Genesis are considered by many one of the best prog rock bands of all time. List of the best Genesis albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Genesis discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Genesis albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Genesis singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Genesis 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 Genesis album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

You could call Genesis the chameleons of the music industry. When they formed in 1967, the lineup consisted of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Anthony Phillips. At the time, they were mostly a folk rock band, later evolving into arty prog-rock territory. By the time Phil Collins took over on lead vocals, Genesis gained commercial success with the glossier albums Duke (1980) and Abacab (1981).

If you want to know what is the best Genesis album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Selling England by the Pound (1973) to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) to Invisible Touch (1986). These popular Genesis CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion.


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    1. The Musical Box
    2. For Absent Friends
    3. The Return of the Giant Hogweed
    4. Seven Stones
    5. Harold the Barrel
    6. Harlequin
    7. The Fountain of Salmacis

    • Release Date: 1971
    • Artist: Genesis
    • Tracks: Harlequin, Seven Stones, Harold the Barrel
    • Length (mins): 00:39:27
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Hard rock
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    1. Eleventh Earl of Mar
    2. One for the Vine
    3. Your Own Special Way
    4. Wot Gorilla?
    5. All in a Mouse's Night
    6. Blood on the Rooftops
    7. Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers...
    8. ...In That Quiet Earth
    9. Afterglow

    • Release Date: 1976
    • Artist: Genesis
    • Tracks: Your Own Special Way, Afterglow, ‘Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers…
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock
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    1. Behind the Lines
    2. Duchess
    3. Guide Vocal
    4. Man of Our Times
    5. Misunderstanding
    6. Heathaze
    7. Turn It On Again
    8. Alone Tonight
    9. Cul-de-sac
    10. Please Don't Ask
    11. Duke's Travels
    12. Duke's End

    • Release Date: 1980
    • Artist: Genesis
    • Tracks: Please Don't Ask, Turn It On Again, Behind the Lines
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Pop rock, Art rock, Symphonic rock
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    1. Down and Out
    2. Undertow
    3. Ballad of Big
    4. Snowbound
    5. Burning Rope
    6. Deep in the Motherlode
    7. Many Too Many
    8. Scenes from a Night's Dream
    9. Say It's Alright Joe
    10. The Lady Lies
    11. Follow You Follow Me

    • Release Date: 1978
    • Artist: Genesis
    • Producer: David Hentschel
    • Tracks: Many Too Many, The Lady Lies, Down and Out
    • Length (mins): 00:53:29
    • Label: Atlantic Records
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music, Soft rock, Symphonic rock
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