Best Rock Albums

Who can define the genre of rock music? From its origins in Chuck Berry, Elvis, and Bill Haley to today’s chart-topping The Killers, Muse, Nickelback (well, maybe), and Kings of Leon, rock runs the gamut from head-banging to toe-tapping. The unfortunate fact about today’s music business calendar is that it revolves more around a series of singles than a complete ten-track musical story, each song bleeding into the next so the listener isn’t really sure where one bout of sadness stops and a doo-wopping love song begins. A good rock album boasts guitar-shredding highs and harmonic lows – a veritable 60- (or 90- or even 120-, with a double disc release) minute rollercoaster of sound. The records on this list are ones sure to give you the definitive experience.

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The top ten list here includes a defining singer-songwriter of a generation, bands that have been rocking for sixty years (and still going), the album that launched the grunge genre, the tightest harmonies heard to the human ear, a New Jersey guitar god, a rock opera (move over, Andrew Lloyd Webber), and more. Read on for more, and let the discussion begin.

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Top Rock Albums

10: The BeatlesRevolver

9: Pink FloydThe Wall

8: NirvanaNevermind

7: Fleetwood MacRumours

6: The Beach BoysPet Sounds

5: Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run

4: The EaglesHotel California

3: Elton JohnGoodbye, Yellow Brick Road

2: The WhoTommy

1: Rolling StonesExile on Main Street