Best Rock Albums

By Dom Nozzi

The rock albums found on this list are, in my opinion, the best-ever albums ever created in the world of rock music.

Criteria for this ranking:

• Groundbreaking

• Sing-able melodies

• Memorable and catchy

• Superb singing, lyrics, guitar work

• Relatively large number of high quality songs on album

Best albums

On Your Feet or On Your Knees, Blue Oyster Cult

Toys in the Attic, Aerosmith

Get Your Wings, Aerosmith

Aerosmith, Aerosmith

The Nature of the Beast, April Wine

Harder, Faster, April Wine

Highway to Hell, AC/DC

High Voltage, AC/DC

Let There Be Rock, AC/DC

Powerage, AC/DC

Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin

Zenyatta Mondatta, The Police

Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel

Destroyer, Kiss

Slowhand, Eric Clapton

Aqualung, Jethro Tull

Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads

True Stories, Talking Heads

Drive On, Mott

Tres Hombres, ZZ Top

Fandango, ZZ Top

Dreamboat Annie, Heart

Machine Head, Deep Purple

Made in Japan, Deep Purple

Diary of a Madman, Ozzy Osbourne

Van Halen, Van Halen

The Beatles: 1962-1966, The Beatles

Revolver, The Beatles

Please Please Me, The Beatles

Meet the Beatles, The Beatles

Rubber Soul, The Beatles

White Album, The Beatles

Help!, The Beatles

Animal Magnetism, The Scorpions

Who’s Next, The Who

The Kids are Alright, The Who

Paranoid, Black Sabbath

The Doors, The Doors

Strange Days, The Doors

Crack the Sky, Crack the Sky

Tubes, The Tubes

Rat City in Blue, The Good Rats

From Rats to Riches, The Good Rats

Cuts Like a Knife, Bryan Adams

Reckless, Bryan Adams

Sweet Cheeks, Duke Jupiter

Not Fragile, Bachman Turner Overdrive

(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), Lynyrd Skynyrd

Second Helping, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Street Survivors, Lynyrd Skynyrd

War, U2

Under a Blood Red Sky, U2

Bat Out of Hell, Meatloaf

Hot Rocks, The Rolling Stones

Some Girls, The Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

Bad Company, Bad Company

Straight Shooter, Bad Company

Run With the Pack, Bad Company


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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