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Ten of the best albums you'll ever listen to...

Updated on April 24, 2012

10. Michael Jackson "Thriller"

This is not only the most commercially successful album of all time, but it has acclaimed critical response as well. Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was a monumental achievment in pop music, and ever since people in the pop music industry have tried to be better than the "King of Pop" but none even come close to prince of pop or peasent of pop for that matter.

Michael Jackson "Thriller" album art

A young Michael stricking a pose for his album "Thriller"
A young Michael stricking a pose for his album "Thriller"

The "King"

In my opinion the word "king" should not be used lightly. But Michael truely does deserve this title by being the best he could be while dealing with the hardships of life in the industry. His music and his name shall remain timeless. I encourage to forget about the musicians personal life and focus on the music because let me tell ya' it's pretty damn good.

9. Van Morrison "Moondance"

After the release of Van's first record "Astral Weeks," it was thought that his second album wouldn't be as groundbreaking, because that's the path most musicians go on. But Van didn't go down that path. Instead of settling for a half-assed version of Astral Weeks he decided to one-up the album and made a little masterpiece called "Moondance". Starting from the listenablilty of "And It Stoned Me" to the love ballad of "Crazy Love" and then to the ultimate "Caravan" Van swooned audiences into his amazing voice and lyrical talents.

Van Morrison "Moondance" album art

"Van the Man"

Before I discovered the musical talents of Mr. Morrison I did not understand the meaning for his nickname(Van the Man). Very catchy but i did not understand because of my lack of funds and internet to purchase of listen to him. After Astral Weeks and Moondance I must say, I most certainly understood.

8. Billy Joel "The Stranger"

Not much can be said about this album, except that it's amazing! I myself have loved this album from the second I heard the first song "Moving Up". The album has unbelievable energy at moments and can switch to some of the best lyrics I've ever heard in the most calm way (Just Like a Woman) to iniciate them. The album is loads of fun and I reccomend it to everyone.

Billy Joel "The Stranger" album art

A voice to love

Billy Joel's talents as a piano player run very high and so does the talent of his voice. Joel has a very distinct pleasurable voice that most would love to hear on a daily basis because of its charm and happiness. With the combination of his lyrics that can appear quirky sometimes (Only the Good Die Young) he estasblishes himself deep inside the halls of rock n' roll

7. Meat Loaf "Bat out of Hell"

What started out as a low selling disapointment and slowing grew into the 5th best selling album of all time, Meat Loaf's "Bat out of Hell" was truely the magnum opus of his carrer. The album's contents are almost as outlandish as his name. Whether the lyrics be about escaping Satan's domain or scoring with a girl on a hot summer night, Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman outdo themselves. Each of the seven songs on Bat out of Hell clock in at least five minutes, and each of the epics are worth listening to.

Meat Loaf "Bat out of Hell" album art

Not Just an album

Meat Loafs' masterpeice was not just an album, it was a production. Everytime you listen to the album you can almost act out scenes in your mind of teenage love and rebellion. The album can brighten up your day and i seriously reccomend its magnificence

6. The Beatles "Let It Be"

You knew I couldn't have a top ten list without mentioning at least one of the Beatles's works. The last of their albums released argueably their best, Let it Be reminds me why the Beatles are loved so much among so many. The album was actually recorded a long time before they released, it making "Abbey Road" their last recorded album. The song that really makes this album stand out to me is "I've Got a Feeling". George Harrison's song writing is absolutely pristine.

The Beatles "Let it Be" album art

The Songs

From the whimsical and almost kaliedoscopic "Across the Universe" to the delectably short "Maggie Mea" this album has many traits to love. The opening track "Two of us" definitley gets you in the mood for the album. It's amazing listening to all of the Beatles works and realizing how much they have matured from "Please Please Me" to "Let it Be".

5. The Band "Music from the Big Pink"

When I first listened to "Music from the Big Pink" I died a little inside because of how remarakable it was. It was my favorite CD for quite a while. I got this CD because of the song "The Weight" and I thought that'd be the only song I'd like, but I was sorely mistaken. Every song on this album is a treat. If you aren't familiar with The Band then you must try them out. You will just never hear a sound as unique as this blend of country, rock and blues.

The Band "Music from the Big Pink" album art

Bob Dylans' illistration made it onto the cover of "Big Pink"
Bob Dylans' illistration made it onto the cover of "Big Pink"

The Weight and a reccomendation

The Weight is arguably in the top five songs of all time. I've never heard a song with such a calm energy as this. It is probably the most universal song ever made. Almost everyone could jam to this masterpiece... Movie reccomendation- The Last Waltz. If you listen to The Band and love them then go and buy The Last Waltz right now! It's The Bands' last concert and the lineup is unbelievable.

4. Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"

"Dark Side of the Moon" is without a doubt the most mysterious album ever made. People have written books just about this album trying to critique and explain the lyrical genious, but the only people who will ever truely understand its meaning is a little band called Pink Floyd.The album made Pink Floyd superstars and it is now ranked the 3rd best selling album of all time. I could go on and on about how Pink Floyd is the best band of all time but I'd rather not sound like a fanatic and just simply say, Pink Floyd Is The Best Band Ever.

Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" album art

Lyrical Meaning

Dark side of the Moon is an endless trip through time and space. I say endless because even though the album has 9 tracks the album is almost one continuous song, with the end beat of each song leading into the next. The concept of the album goes from war to insanity, and most of the album is about former band member Syd Barret, who had severe schizophrenia and was forced to leave the band.

3. The Band "The Band" (the brown album)

After The Band's first album "Music From the Big Pink" nobody thought their follow up record would be as good, but just like Van Morrison's "Moondance" was better than "Astral Weeks", The Band 1 up'd "Big Pink" and made their self-titled masterpeice. The album starts off with the adventurous "Across the Great Divide" and ends with the depressing but great tale of unsuccessful farming "King Harvest (has surely come)". The album is an adventure in itself.

The Band "The Band" album art

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2. David Bowie "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars"

I have listened to this album more than any other album ever made. It's so good, it's scary. "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" is a loose concept album about a man (Ziggy Stardust) who comes down from space and warns us of the five years we have left here on this world. One of the great things about this album is the last beat of the last song and the first beat of the first song coalesce. If you're listening to this record on repeat, which you'll want to, you're in for a treat.

David Bowie "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" album art

1. Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here"

No album ever recorded can come close to the perfection that is "Wish You Were Here". The lyrics are perfect the music is out of this world and the album hails the best song ever made (Shine On You Crazy Diamond). The entire album is focused on the loss of their former front man Syd Barret due to insanity. This is my number one pick because it's timeless and each of the five songs is a journey you will want to go on over and over again.

Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here" album art

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      krusty65 5 years ago

      Excellent Hub!! Although not too sure about Michael Jackson, I love the Beatles, not too sure about Let It Be, it`s a great album, I just felt that Abbey Road feels like a more complete album.

      Here's a few, well no a lot

      The Beatles


      Rubber Soul

      Sargent Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band

      The White Album

      Abbey Road

      Allman Brothers Band

      (Duane Allman Era)

      First Album

      Idlewild South

      Live At The Filmore

      Eat A Peach

      The Rolling Stones

      Exile On Main Street

      Emerson Lake & Palmer

      Brain Salad Surgery

      Pictures At A Exhibition

      Little Feat


      Dixie Chicken

      Feats Don`t Fail Me Now

      Time Loves A Hero

      Live - Waiting For Columbus




      Permanent Waves

      Moving Pictures

      The Moody Blues

      Days Of Future Past

      Pink Floyd



      The Wall

      Dark Side Of The Moon

      Wish You Were Here

      The Band

      Rock Of Ages (Live)

      Music From Big Pink

      Bob Dylan

      Blood On The Tracks


      Crime Of The Century

      Even In The Quietest Moments


      The House On The Hill

      Jethro Tull


      Thick As A Brick

      Led Zeppelin





      Houses Of The Holy

      Jimi Hendrix

      Are You Experienced

      Axis: Bold As Love

      Electric Ladyland

      Frank Zappa

      The Grand Wazoo

      Just Another Band From LA


      Over Night Sensation

      There are a lot more but these albums really standout

      Excellent Hub


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      theframjak 6 years ago from East Coast

      I also love The Band. Glad to see you have two of their records on your list. Great hub!

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Nice hub. Congrats on your hubnugget nomination!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Bravo-what a great hub and I concur with most of the selections-esp. #1. Congratulations on your hub nomination and welcome to hubpages! :) Looking forward to reading more.

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      XxMr.TripsxX 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      care to share what they were Starfish?

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      Starfishfelix 7 years ago from California, United States

      All good choices, but I'd have to add in a few from the 1980's and 1960's - there was some great stuff done during that time.

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      XxMr.TripsxX 7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Thank you to everyone who liked my hub! Please vote for my hub! Thanks!

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      NamVetRich 7 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Bravo!!! and congratulations on your Hubnugget Nomination! Glad to see Michael Jackson at the top, like you said no one yet can take his place. Ah!!! and Pink Floyd, please pass that joint, brings back great memories.

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      mquee 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Of course all of the artists are outstanding, but as far as pure entertainment I did like watching Michael Jackson. I also enjoy the others, with Meatloaf being high on the list. Thanks for a well constructed hub.

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Definitely, I love Michael Jackson :)

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      Great hub backed up with alot of research and hard work. Congratulations on your nomination.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Totally agree with the Pink Floyd picks, and some of the others. What about "Born In the USA"? There isn't a bad song on that album.

      Well, I'm off to check out Ziggy Stardust. Havent listened to that in ages.

      Congrats on your hubnugget nomination.


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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Great Hub! You have some of my Fav's! Congrats on your HubNugget nomination!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, wow so many great names here. I love Pink Floyd, got all their albums over the years, and Bowie, michael jackson was and is a legend, and Meat Loaf, not so sure about the beatles as they were a bit before my time, well I was tiny! lol great hub, cheers and welcome to the mad hubbers club! nell