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The Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 8.8k votes 1.2k voters 10.6k views13 items

Los Angeles' Red Hot Chili Peppers are known to many as one of the best alternative rock bands. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Red Hot Chili Peppers albums, with the help of your votes. Blending Parliament-Funkadelic-inspired grooves with Los Angeles’ first wave of punk of the early ‘80s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers still influence the next generation of musicians. While RHCP’s self-titled debut album failed to capture their true sound, when founding members Hillel Slovak (guitars) and Jack Irons (drums) left the band, they returned with Anthony Kiedis and Flea to release Freaky Styley (1985), which set them on a path that eventually led them to releasing the multi-platmium Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991).

This Red Hot Chili Peppers discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Red Hot Chili Peppers albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Red Hot Chili Peppers singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Red Hot Chili Peppers album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

This list of popular Red Hot Chili Peppers CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik
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    1. The Power of Equality
    2. If You Have to Ask
    3. Breaking the Girl
    4. Funky Monks
    5. Suck My Kiss
    6. I Could Have Lied
    7. Mellowship Slinky in B Major
    8. The Righteous & the Wicked
    9. Give It Away
    10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    11. Under the Bridge
    12. Naked in the Rain
    13. Apache Rose Peacock
    14. The Greeting Song
    15. My Lovely Man
    16. Sir Psycho Sexy
    17. They're Red Hot

    • Release Date: 1991
    • Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Producer: Rick Rubin
    • Tracks: Under the Bridge, Naked in the Rain, Mellowship Slinky in B major
    • Length (mins): 01:13:58
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Hard rock, Punk rock, Funk rock
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  • 1. Around the World
    2. Parallel Universe
    3. Scar Tissue   
    4. Otherside
    5. Get on Top
    6. Californication
    7. Easily
    8. Porcelain
    9. Emit Remmus
    10. I Like Dirt
    11. This Velvet Glove
    12. Savior
    13. Purple Stain
    14. Right on Time
    15. Road Trippin'

    • Release Date: 1999
    • Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Producer: Rick Rubin
    • Tracks: Right on Time, Easily, Get on Top
    • Length (mins): 00:56:26
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Funk rock
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  • By the Way
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    1. By the Way
    2. Universally Speaking
    3. This Is the Place
    4. Dosed
    5. Don't Forget Me
    6. The Zephyr Song
    7. Can't Stop
    8. I Could Die for You
    9. Midnight
    10. Throw Away Your Television
    11. Cabron
    12. Tear
    13. On Mercury
    14. Minor Thing
    15. Warm Tape
    16. Venice Queen

    • Release Date: 2002
    • Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Tracks: By the Way, On Mercury, Throw Away Your Television
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Funk rock
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  • 1. Dani California
    2. Snow ((Hey Oh))
    3. Charlie
    4. Stadium Arcadium
    5. Hump de Bump
    6. She's Only 18
    7. Slow Cheetah
    8. Torture Me
    9. Strip My Mind
    10. Especially in Michigan
    11. Warlocks
    12. C'mon Girl
    13. Wet Sand
    14. Hey

    • Release Date: 2006
    • Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Producer: Rick Rubin
    • Tracks: Turn It Again, Warlocks, She Looks to Me
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Funk rock
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