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The Best Yes Albums of All Time 

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List Rules Vote for your favorite Yes studio album.

Beloved by many, Yes are considered to be one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Here are the best Yes albums of all time, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Yes discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Yes albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Yes singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

Since its formation in 1968, English rock band Yes started off with rearranged covers of rock, pop, blues, and jazz songs before transitioning into progressive rock and later, into a more pop style. In 1985, Yes won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance wth "Cinema." Yes have been nominated for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, 2015, and 2016. With singles like "Roundabout" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," Yes may get inducted in the future. 

If you think the greatest Yes 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 Yes album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular. If you want to know, "What is the Best Yes album of all time?" or "What are the top Yes albums?" then this list will answer your questions. 

The list you're viewing has a variety of albums, like Close to the Edge and 90125. This list of popular Yes albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

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1
Close to the Edge is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Rick Wakeman and Yes (1972); Tracks: Siberian Khatru, Close to the Edge: I. The Solid Time of Change / II. Total Mass Retain / III. I Get Up I Get Down / IV. Seasons of Man & And You and I: I. Cord of Life / II. Eclipse / III. The Preacher The Teacher / IV. Apocalypse

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Art rock

More Close to the Edge 

#546 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #99 of 623 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #207 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

2
The Yes Album is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1971); Tracks: Clap, I've Seen All Good People: a. Your Move - b. All Good People & Perpetual Change

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

3
Fragile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Rick Wakeman and Yes (1971); Tracks: Long Distance Runaround, We Have Heaven & Mood for a Day

Length (mins): 00:41:13

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Art rock

More Fragile 

#533 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #74 of 623 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #58 of 112 Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

4
Relayer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes and Jon Anderson (1974); Tracks: Sound Chaser, The Gates of Delirium & To Be Over

Length (mins): 00:40:30

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock

More Relayer 

#172 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #36 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

5
Going for the One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Rick Wakeman and Yes (1977); Tracks: Going for the One, Awaken & Wonderous Stories

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

6
Tales From Topographic O... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1973); Tracks: The Revealing Science of God: Dance of the Dawn, Ritual: Nous sommes du soleil & “The Ancient”: Giants Under the Sun

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

More Tales From Topographic Oceans 

#350 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #98 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

7
90125 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1983); Tracks: It Can Happen, Hearts & Leave It

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Pop music, New Wave, Hard rock, Pop rock, + more

8
Drama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1980); Tracks: Machine Messiah, Tempus Fugit & Into the Lens

Length (mins): 00:37:04

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, New Wave

9
Time and a Word is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1970); Tracks: Clear Days, Astral Traveller & The Prophet

Length (mins): 00:39:52

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

10
Yes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1969); Tracks: Yesterday and Today, I See You & Survival

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

11
Tormato is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1978); Tracks: Onward, Release & Release

Length (mins): 00:41:14

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

12
Anderson Bruford Wakeman... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (1989); Tracks: Fist of Fire, The Meeting & Order of the Universe: I. Order Theme / II. Rock Gives Courage / III. It's So Hard to Grow / IV. The Universe

Length (mins): 00:59:26

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

13
Talk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1994); Tracks: Walls, Real Love & Where Will You Be

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Pop rock

14
The Ladder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1999); Tracks: Homeworld (The Ladder), The Messenger & New Language

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

15
Magnification is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (2001); Tracks: Can You Imagine?, Spirit of Survival & Give Love Each Day

Length (mins): 01:00:34

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

16
Fly From Here is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (2011); Tracks: Hour of Need, Fly From Here & Part IV: Bumpy Ride

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

17
Big Generator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1987); Tracks: Almost Like Love, Big Generator & Shoot High Aim Low

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, New Wave, Pop rock

18
Keys to Ascension is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
Keys to Ascension
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(Re)Union is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1991); Tracks: Lift Me Up, Without Hope You Cannot Start the Day & Evensong

Producer: Eddy Offord, Jonathan Elias, Steve Howe

Length (mins): 01:09:58

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Pop rock, Neo-progressive rock

20
Keys to Ascension 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
Keys to Ascension 2
21
Open Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
By Yes (1997); Tracks: From the Balcony, The Solution / [silence] / The Source & Wonderlove

Length (mins): 01:14:14

Genres (Music): Progressive rock

22
Heaven and Earth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Yes Albums of All Time
jhpk added Heaven and Earth