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The Best Yes Albums of All Time

Updated July 28, 2020 7.1k votes 1.0k voters 11.4k views

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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

    ArtistRick Wakeman, Yes, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire

    TracksSiberian 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

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Art rock

  • 2
    434
    129

    ArtistRick Wakeman, Yes, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire

    TracksLong Distance Runaround, We Have Heaven, Mood for a Day

    Length (mins)00:41:13

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Art rock

  • 3
    405
    117

    ArtistYes

    TracksClap, I've Seen All Good People: a. Your Move - b. All Good People, Perpetual Change

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

  • 4
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    143

    ArtistYes, Jon Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire, Steve Howe

    TracksSound Chaser, The Gates of Delirium, To Be Over

    Length (mins)00:40:30

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

  • 5

    ArtistRick Wakeman, Yes, Jon Anderson, Alan White, Chris Squire

    TracksGoing for the One, Awaken, Wonderous Stories

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

  • 6
    260
    128

    Drama

    1980

    ArtistYes

    TracksMachine Messiah, Tempus Fugit, Into the Lens

    Length (mins)00:37:04

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

  • 7

    ArtistYes

    TracksThe 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

  • 8
    274
    139

    90125

    1983

    ArtistYes

    TracksIt Can Happen, Hearts, Leave It

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

  • 9
    196
    103

    ArtistYes

    TracksClear Days, Astral Traveller, The Prophet

    Length (mins)00:39:52

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

  • 10
    198
    122

    Yes

    1969

    ArtistYes

    TracksYesterday and Today, I See You, Survival

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

  • 11

    ArtistAnderson Bruford Wakeman Howe

    TracksFist 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

  • 12
    183
    125

    ArtistYes

    TracksOnward, Release, Release

    Length (mins)00:41:14

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock

  • 13
    150
    112

    Talk

    1994

    ArtistYes

    TracksWalls, Real Love, Where Will You Be

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

  • 14
    115
    90

    ArtistYes

    TracksHomeworld (The Ladder), The Messenger, New Language

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock

  • 15
    94
    57

    Keys to Ascension

    1996

    ArtistYes

  • 16
    129
    106

    ArtistYes

    TracksHour of Need, Fly From Here, Part IV: Bumpy Ride

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock

  • 17
    136
    112

    ArtistYes

    TracksAlmost Like Love, Big Generator, Shoot High Aim Low

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

  • 18
    118
    101

    ArtistYes

    TracksCan You Imagine?, Spirit of Survival, Give Love Each Day

    Length (mins)01:00:34

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Symphonic rock

  • 19
    82
    60

    Keys to Ascension 2

    1997

    ArtistYes

  • 20
    112
    111

    Union

    1991

    ArtistYes

    ProducerEddy Offord, Jonathan Elias, Steve Howe

    TracksLift Me Up, Without Hope You Cannot Start the Day, Evensong

    Length (mins)01:09:58

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

  • 21

    ArtistYes

    TracksFrom the Balcony, The Solution / [silence] / The Source, Wonderlove

    Length (mins)01:14:14

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock

  • 22
    59
    139

    Heaven and Earth

    2014