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- Van Halen: Van Halen. Close to 40 years on, Van Halen’s debut album has lost none of its shine, nor any of its importance. Before it, hard rock was in serious danger of becoming staid and lifeless.
- Nirvana: Nevermind. Nevermind isn’t just a huge-selling record; there have been far bigger. It’s not even just an iconic set of songs. With the 12 songs on the album, Nirvana defined a generation, and in doing so came as close as anyone could possibly expect in the 90s to revolutionising the concept of rock’n’roll.
- The Who: Quadrophenia. Arriving hard-at-heel after Pete Townshend’s aborted Lifehouse project, was supposed to be his defining moment of the 70s, a rock opera to out-Tommy anything that had gone before.
- The Who: Who's Next. Another classic band whose albums never score as highly in polls like this as you might think, The Who are possibly best loved for their extraordinary run of 60s singles than for their long-players.
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- Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon. £7.86. Year: 1973. After the initial Syd Barrett-inspired success of their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, it took a while for Pink Floyd Mk II to find their feet.
- Led Zeppelin - IV. £9.98. Year: 1971. Arguably Led Zeppelin's finest moment, this was the record with the perfect blend of what made them one of the greatest bands of all time.
- The Beatles - Abbey Road. £6.99. Year: 1969. The last music recorded by the band with Sir George Martin, Abbey Road was created in a far-from-ideal environment for the Fab Four.
- Led Zeppelin - II. £15.76. Year: 1969. It’s very hard to pick a second Led Zep album for this list, to stand alongside IV, but II just about gets our vote.
- 'The Decline of British Sea Power' by British Sea Power. - Metascore: 86. - User score: 8.8. - Release date: Sept. 9, 2003. While the name of the debut album by British Sea Power may have set low expectations, the unconventional album earned rave reviews from critics.
- 'Rings Around The World' by Super Furry Animals. - Metascore: 86. - User score: 8.7. - Release date: March 19, 2002. James Moore of Drowned in Sound describes Super Furry Animals’ fifth studio album as “essential,” with its dreamy, experimental, bizarre sound.
- 'You Forgot It in People' by Broken Social Scene. - Metascore: 86. - User score: 8.9. - Release date: June 3, 2003. Broken Social Scene recorded “endlessly replayable, perfect pop” tracks for their second studio album, according to Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork.
- 'Thunder, Lightning, Strike' by The Go! Team. - Metascore: 86. - User score: 8.7. - Release date: Sept. 13, 2004. For their debut album “Thunder, Lightning, Strike,” The Go!
- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. - Best Ever Albums score: 15,866. - Best Ever Albums user rating: 83. - Rank all-time: #103. - Rank in decade: #15.
- Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin. - Best Ever Albums score: 15,834. - Best Ever Albums user rating: 84. - Rank all-time: #104. - Rank in decade: #27. - Rank in year: #5.
- The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips. - Best Ever Albums score: 15,751. - Best Ever Albums user rating: 83. - Rank all-time: #106. - Rank in decade: #19. - Rank in year: #2.
- Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan. - Best Ever Albums score: 15,735. - Best Ever Albums user rating: 86. - Rank all-time: #107. - Rank in decade: #23.
- Iron Maiden: Powerslave. The album that sent Iron Maiden around the world on the legendary World Slavery tour, turning them into global megastars in the process, it is both the definitive record of the band’s first decade and perhaps the album with the best artwork of all time.
- Queensryche: Operation: Mindcrime. This first-rate concept album tells the story of a genius, a junkie and a street girl and their alienation from 80s society.
- Rush: 2112. To truly appreciate the brilliance of Rush’s 2112 – concept and title track combined – one must reflect on the zeitgeist of the 1970s, and specifically the year 1976.
- Slayer: Reign In Blood. It was in the autumn of 1986 that Slayer released their third album, Reign In Blood.
- Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd. This album defines rock and roll in its entirety. Saying this deserves number three is like saying Kanye West doesn't have an ego.
- Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin. My favorite album of all time across all music, not just rock, and first vinyl I purchased for my collection. Every song has its own unique sound and could stand alone as a single.
- Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles. The Beatles have a sound like no other band and pioneered the sounds you hear from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
- The Wall - Pink Floyd. What the hell! How can this be so low. It at least deserves to be in the top 5 if not the first position. Come one guys, this is a classic.
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