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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.

 

Selling England by the Pound is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Genesis Albums of All Time
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1. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
2. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
3. Firth of Fifth
4. More Fool Me[c]
5. The Battle of Epping Forest
6. After the Ordeal
7. The Cinema Show[d]
8.  Aisle of Plenty"

Release Date: 1973

Artist: Genesis

Tracks: I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), Dancing With the Moonlit Knight, The Battle of Epping Forest, More Fool Me, Dancing With the Moonlit Knight, More Fool Me, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), After the Ordeal, Aisle of Plenty, After the Ordeal, Firth of Fifth, The Battle of Epping Forest, The Cinema Show, The Cinema Show / Aisle of Plenty, Firth of Fifth

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

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Foxtrot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Genesis Albums of All Time
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1. Watcher of the Skies
2. Time Table
3. Get 'Em Out by Friday
4. Can-Utility and the Coastliners
5. Horizons
6. Supper's Ready

Release Date: 1972

Artist: Genesis

Tracks: Watcher of the Skies, Time Table, Horizons, Supper's Ready, Get 'em Out by Friday, Can-Utility and the Coastliners

Length (mins): 00:51:07

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Folk rock, Pop rock

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The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Genesis Albums of All Time
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1. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2. Fly on a Windshield[a]
3.  Broadway Melody of 1974
4. Cuckoo Cocoon
5. In the Cage
6. The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
7. Back in N.Y.C
8. Hairless Heart
9. Counting Out Time
10. Carpet Crawlers[b]
11. The Chamber of 32 Doors
12. Lilywhite Lilith
13. The Waiting Room
14. Anyway
15. Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist[c]
16. The Lamia
17. Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats
18. The Colony of Slippermen
19. Ravine
20. The Light Dies Down on Broadway
21. Riding the Scree
22. In the Rapids
23. It

Release Date: 1974

Artist: Genesis

Tracks: The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging, Carpet Crawlers, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Ravine, Fly on a Windshield, The Colony of Slippermen: Arrival / A Visit to the Doktor / Raven, Riding the Scree, The Lamia, Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats, The Light Dies Down on Broadway, The Waiting Room, The Chamber of 32 Doors, Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist, In the Rapids, Lilywhite Lilith, Cuckoo Cocoon, It, Anyway, Counting Out Time, In the Cage, Hairless Heart, Broadway Melody of 1974, Back in N.Y.C.

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Art rock, Concept album

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A Trick of the Tail is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Genesis Albums of All Time
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1. Dance on a Volcano
2. Entangled
3. Squonk
4. Mad Man Moon
5. Robbery, Assault and Battery
6. Ripples
7. A Trick of the Tail
8. Los Endos

Release Date: 1976

Artist: Genesis

Producer: David Hentschel

Tracks: Ripples…, Dance on a Volcano, Entangled, A Trick of the Tail, Squonk, Robbery, Assault and Battery, Los Endos, Mad Man Moon

Length (mins): 00:51:13

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Art rock

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