20 Rock Albums That Tracks Are Unskippable
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Even the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, ranked by many as the greatest album ever recorded, has one less-than-stellar track “Good Morning Good Morning.” The greatest records doesn’t have to be that consistent, but it should beg to be played from start to finish.
From the explosion of music in 60’s to the 21st century, here’s a handful list of 20 legendary rock albums with no weak songs.
AC/DC, Highway to Hell
Although it was the last album the band would record in the ‘70s and also the last with iconic singer Bon Scott, it was perhaps the biggest statement from the group. All of the tracks present in this album represented the band’s cheeky attitude toward the fairer sex while “Night Prowler” paraded their tough guy image.
Alice in Chains, Dirt
With the tracks including “Sickman,” “Junkhead,” “God Smack” and “Angry Chair,” this album is indeed terrifying and mesmerizing in equal measures. The album tackles gloomy issues such as depression, war and mortality pervaded with other key tracks such as “Them Bones,” “Rooster” and “Would.”
The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles have more iconic albums than, essentially, any band in history. However, Magical Mystery Tour is remarkably consistent from beginning to end, boasting iconic stoner cuts “I Am the Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
Black Sabbath, Master of Reality
Black Sabbath was able to exemplify rock ‘n’ roll’s perceived dangers with a crushing new sound they owned exclusive rights to.
David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Indeed it showed Bowie’s creativity, and Ziggy Stardust, his alter ego, is, frankly, unfuckwithable.
Deep Purple, In Rock
In Rock is a treasure trove and deservedly puts the members faces on a redone Mount Rushmore on the cover. Its track “Child in Time” was one of the first true hard rocking songs that saw the wailing high notes enter the fold and establish the blueprint that would later become the heavy metal singing staple.
Deftones, White Pony
This album made people fully realize the potential of the band’s atmospheric quiet-loud dynamic with great aplomb. The monster radio hit was “Change (In the House of Flies),” a creepy little ditty that puts Chino Moreno’s vocal capabilities on full display. This Terry Date-produced record became one of the defining albums of 2000.
The Doors, The Doors
This made them instantly became ’60s rock royalty and Jim Morrison was a definitive poet of the decade. Bookended by the classics “Break on Through” and “The End,” there’s zero room for fluff in this iconic album.
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
It’s one of the few albums with a perfect score from nearly every critic, and Fleetwood Mac were more than deserving. It expressed the softer side of rock some devastatingly heavy emotional weight.
Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
Guns N’ Roses were branded “the most dangerous band in the world” after this album for selling over 30 million copies worldwide.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced
Reaching back to the glory days of rock, one of the most perfect albums ever recorded is the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Are You Experienced. The psychedelic masterwork gave the world immortal cuts and you’re guaranteed an album with no lame songs.
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
There is no better album than Side 1 of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic, Led Zeppelin IV. You start with the undeniable groove of “Black Dog” then finish out the with the legendary epic “Stairway to Heaven.”
A perfect storm of raw power and melodic sensitivity. It ranks among the greatest rock records of all time goes without saying.
Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
The conceptual masterpiece must be listened to from front to back, with absolutely no exceptions. It proves why it still holds the record for the longest number of consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart for over 17 years.
Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork
With blended elements of rockabilly, dark blues, stoner rock and psychedelic experimentation, it reached classic Radiohead levels of artsy brilliance and mass appeal.
Radiohead, OK Computer
Radiohead’s OK Computer brought ’90s art rock to its zenith, giving fans a flawless record that made the band’s first two records, somehow, feel like child’s play.
The album is arguably pound-for-pound greatest work. His neoclassical efforts brought out the best in his writing. It burst with power and ended the album on a devastating note.
The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St.
Not even the Beatles released a more solid album from front to back than The Rolling Stones. They didn’t even miss a beat when they went country with “Sweet Virginia.”
Rush, Permanent Waves
The group stripped down their approach, infusing unforgettable hooks in “The Spirit of Radio” and “Freewill.” Rush still retained their progressive roots to the tune of “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Natural Science” and showcased their lighter side on “Different Strings.”
Van Halen, Van Halen
When Van Halen unleashed their debut album, the guitar work laid down by Eddie Van Halen quite literally set the world on fire. It redefined lead guitar playing in one album, the record is stacked with party-time anthems too.