Top 10 Classic Rock Albums Ranked

by Ivana Hamilton March 06, 2019

Top 10 Classic Rock Albums Ranked

Get ready to go back in time and recall some of your best memories! We ranked the top 10 classic rock albums for you to enjoy on repeat.

10. Metallica: Metallica (1991)  

The cool kids of the ‘90s probably have the CD of Metallica’s self-titled fifth album somewhere in the basement of their parent’s house. The band’s best-selling album features some of their most iconic songs such as“Nothing Else Matters,” “The Unforgiven,” and“Enter Sandman.”

9. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)

Fleetwood Mac released this album decades ago, but it’s staying power is beyond impressive.“Rumors”was heavily influenced by the band’s members' hedonistic behavior and their interpersonal strife. The album was supposed to sound like a pop album, but it ended up somewhere in between pop rock and soft rock. Some of the most popular songs that scored high on the US top 10 include“Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams,” Don’t Stop,”and“You Make Loving Fun.”

8. The Beatles: 1 (1962-1968)

The band’s 1 album got released in 2000 as a compilation of their 27 Number One hits in the U.S. and U.K. The album got a lot of attention and turned out to be a huge commercial success. Even other artists followed The Beatles' example and released similar compilations.

7. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV: (1971)

Led Zeppelin’s fourth unnamed studio album is the stairway to heaven in the world of rock. The English band got creative with many different arrangements in a variety of styles while recording this album. It was a commercial and critical success scoring high on the lists of the greatest albums of all time.

6. The Eagles: Hotel California (1976)

“Hotel California,” one of the most popular songs from The Eagles’ namesake album is still one of those classics you sing under the shower, in your car and everywhere really! The catchy beats made it to the Number One position on Billboard Hot 100 along with one more song from the album “New Kid in Town.”  “Hotel California” is one of the 500 greatest albums of all time and one of the best classic rock albums ever recorded.

5. Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell (1977)

Meat Loaf’s debut studio album is pure enjoyment. You won’t regret a minute listening to the classic rock beats heavily influenced by Phil Spector, Richard Wagner, Bruce Springsteen, and The Who.“Bat Out of Hell”is not only a rock staple but one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

4. Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)

Pink Floyd's“Dark Side of The Moon” is a fine classic rock blend of the band's previous experience and live performances. The album is not merely songs but an entire journey that will take you in another dimension. “Dark Side of The Moon” was actually the album that helped Pink Floyd gain international fame.

3. AC/DC: Back In Black (1980)

“Back in Black” is a tribute to the AC/DC’s late vocalist Bon Scott and a real treat for the band's loyal fans. The band members briefly considered disbanding after the death of their singer, but fortunately, they decided to stay together. Brian Johnson of the British band Geordie joined AC/DC as the new vocalist and only 5 months later“Back in Black” was released. It became the second best-selling album in the history.

2. Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction (1987)

The album was initially released to little public attention, but a year later it became a huge commercial success thanks to the band’s electric tours where they performed some of their most popular singles like“Paradise City”and“Sweet Child o’ Mine.” “Appetite for Destruction” is, without doubt, a masterpiece in music history.

1.The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band (1967)

The Beatles wanted to experiment musically and record something different than their previous work. McCartney came up with the brilliant idea to release an entire album under an alter ego group “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.” They brought many innovations in songwriting, production, and graphic design with this album which resulted in major success. It’s really one of the finest classic rock albums ever recorded!

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