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The Best Nightwish Albums of All Time

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The Finnish power metal band Nightwish are one of the best metal bands of their time. Here you'll find a list of the best Nightwish albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Nightwish discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Nightwish albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Nightwish singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Nightwish 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 Nightwish album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Nightwish album of all time?" or "What are the top Nightwish albums?" then this list will answer your questions. The symphonic metal band has some great albums, some of which have even been certified platinum in Finland. Moreover, the band has sold millions of albums worldwide. Albums on this list include the hit Once as well as Oceanborn, among every other studio album from Nightwish.

This list of popular Nightwish albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. You can share your own opinion by voting up your favorite albums, and voting any down that you feel shouldn't be near the top.

  • Once
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    1. Dark Chest of Wonders
    2. Wish I Had an Angel
    3. Nemo
    4. Planet Hell
    5. Creek Mary's Blood
    6. The Siren
    7. Dead Gardens
    8. Romanticide
    9. Ghost Love Score
    10. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan
    11. Higher Than Hope
    12. White Night Fantasy
    13. Live to Tell the Tale
    14. Where Were You Last Night

    • Release Date: 2004
    • Artist: Nightwish
    • Tracks: Romanticide, Ghost Love Score, Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
    • Genres (Music): Symphonic metal, Power metal, Gothic metal
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  • Dark Passion Play
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    1. The Poet and the Pendulum
    I. White Lands of Empathica
    II. Home
    III. The Pacific
    IV. Dark Passion Play
    V. Mother and Father
    2. Bye Bye Beautiful
    3. Amaranth
    4. Cadence of Her Last Breath
    5. Master Passion Greed
    6. Eva
    7. Sahara
    8. Whoever Brings the Night
    9. For the Heart I Once Had
    10. The Islander
    11. Last of the Wilds
    12. 7 Days to the Wolves
    13. Meadows of Heaven
    14. Escapist

    • Release Date: 2007
    • Artist: Nightwish
    • Tracks: The Poet and the Pendulum (instrumental), 7 Days to the Wolves (instrumental), Amaranth (instrumental)
    • Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Folk metal, Symphonic metal, Power metal, Celtic rock
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  • 1. Shudder Before the Beautiful
    2. Weak Fantasy
    3. Élan
    4. Yours Is an Empty Hope
    5. Our Decades in the Sun
    6. My Walden
    7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
    8. Edema Ruh
    9. Alpenglow
    10. The Eyes of Sharbat Gula
    11. The Greatest Show on Earth
    I. Four Point Six
    II. Life
    III. The Toolmaker
    IV. The Understanding
    V. Sea-Worn Driftwood

    • Release Date: 2012
    • Artist: The Difference Engine
    • Tracks: Endless/Endless, Lights I, The Day That I Forgot You
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  • Imaginaerum
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    1. Taikatalvi
    2. Storytime
    3. Ghost River
    4. Slow, Love, Slow
    5. I Want My Tears Back
    6. Scaretale
    7. Arabesque
    8. Turn Loose the Mermaids
    9. Rest Calm
    10. The Crow, the Owl and the Dove
    11. Last Ride of the Day
    12. Song of Myself
    From a Dusty Bookshelf
    All That Great Heart Lying Still
    Piano Black
    Love (6:50)
    13. Imaginaerum

    • Release Date: 2011
    • Artist: Nightwish
    • Tracks: Storytime (instrumental), Slow, Love
    • Genres (Music): Folk metal, Symphonic metal, Film score, Power metal, Celtic rock
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