Rock has been here for a long time, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a force of nature that’s given sound a whole new dimension, and has given its listeners an entire plethora of emotions. Picking the best of the best is always an iffy job, but there are some albums that are absolutely and completely timeless, and new generations will listen and cherish them the same as the previous ones.
The Beatles – Revolver
The band that changed the face of popular music was instrumental in shaping rock as a genre. The entire album Revolver is a masterpiece of impeccable quality in every aspect, it’s filled with classics that will be listened for years to come, like Tomorrow Never Knows.
The Doors – The Doors
The debut album of the band that introduced the world to the mad genius that was Jim Morrison is a breathless experience filled with psychedelia and poetic lyrics. Played, covered, and worshiped in practically every corner of the world, hits like Light my Fire, and the unforgettable album closer The End, won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Led Zeppelin – II
The band that changed rock itself changed it even further with II, an album that prophesized about what was to come in rock. Both Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perfected their art to a tee, and gave the world the immaculate rock masterpiece that is II. Opening with probably the best guitar riff of all time, Whole Lotta Love the quintessential song that everybody in the world needs to have experienced.
Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
The band was previously received well by everyone, but it had taken Toys in the Attic to cement them as one of the finest rock bands to ever rock n’ roll their way into the world. The Boston boys proved they were a delicious mix of Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, along with fantastic and original rock music to boot.
Queen – A night at the Opera
A sheer and complete masterpiece, it was this album that took Queen to the next – and final – level of music artistry. It’s a level of mastery that most of us take for granted in this day and age, as Bohemian Rhapsody can easily be claimed to be the best song ever made. The variety of styles, stunning studio trickery, and the immaculate performance of every band member cements this album as one of the best ever made.
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
An absolutely epic album both in scope and in ambition, its reception is a groundbreaking hallmark of rock music. Having stayed in the Billboard charts for 741 weeks, or 15 years, it can hardly be surpassed when it comes to the sheer amount of quality present in the entirety of the album. It even went on to help fund Monty Python in their cinematic endeavors.
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
A timeless album, and quite true to its name, it truly must have felt like alien music when listening to its songs at the time. It skyrocketed Bowie to sky-high levels of success, and with good reason. Every part of the album is phenomenal, with themes like drugs, politics, sex, it changed the meaning of what a rock star could be.