The 25 most exciting rock albums ever (in my opinion)

A Listmania! list by Inverse midas "Good music should be celebrated, not cast to the Top 75." (Chelmsford, UK)
 
Disraeli Gears
1.  Disraeli Gears by Cream
The list author says:
  "Eric Clapton's finest hour, this album was brimming with amazing guitar work."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Machine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition
2.  Machine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition by Deep Purple
The list author says:
  "A rock masterpiece, 'Smoke on the Water' is still the opening riff I remember most growing up."
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Paranoid
3.  Paranoid by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "The first proper metal album in my opinion, a constant reminder of how talented both Ozzy and Iommi were back in the day."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

The Joshua Tree (Original Recording Remastered)
4.  The Joshua Tree (Original Recording Remastered) by U2
The list author says:
  "If you don't own this album, you really should. It really is a true classic, with probably the greatest ballad ever written."
13.67   Used & New from: 4.08
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Slippery When Wet
5.  Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
The list author says:
  "A must for anyone's collection, if only for 'Livin' on a prayer'."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

The Others
6.  The Others by The Others
The list author says:
  "A surprisingly underrated modern rock album. Shame we didn't hear a lot more from them."
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Unknown Pleasures
7.  Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
The list author says:
  "The only album Curtis released when he was alive, you can hear hints of his impending suicide in the bleakness of this music. Hauntingly beautiful."
5.89   Used & New from: 2.29
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Holy Bible
8.  The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers
The list author says:
  "Richey's parting note, 'The Holy Bible' is a masterpiece of rock that few could aspire to, mainly because of his own, very disturbing lyrics."
4.88   Used & New from: 0.26
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Led Zeppelin 2
9.  Led Zeppelin 2 by Led Zeppelin
The list author says:
  "The blueprint for albums some 40 years after its release, Jimmy Page plays guitar like so few others."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Going for the One
10.  Going for the One by Yes
The list author says:
  "Towards the end of Yes' prog peak, this was their best album by quite a long way, largely because everyone was returning to it afresh."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Nevermind
11.  Nevermind by Nirvana
The list author says:
  "The real masterpiece of the grunge movement, in many ways, Kurt's suicide makes this album even more gripping."
11.87   Used & New from: 1.06
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

White Light / White Heat
12.  White Light / White Heat by Velvet Underground
The list author says:
  "Very strange, relatively inaccessible 2nd Velvets' album. I think it's brilliant, but you have to prepare for discomfort."
5.21   Used & New from: 1.33
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
13.  The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
The list author says:
  "Bowie at his most perfect, so many bands cite this album as their greatest influence."
10.99   Used & New from: 1.28
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Doolittle
14.  Doolittle by Pixies
The list author says:
  "Black Francis is a genius, and his music, although much better than those who emulated it, would be the root of grunge."
7.88   Used & New from: 1.80
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Powerslave
15.  Powerslave by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "Maiden's best, and one of those 'must-have' power metal CDs."
7.49   Used & New from: 2.77
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

The Bends
16.  The Bends by Radiohead
The list author says:
  "A album that the 90s wasn't quite ready for, and the noughties are only just getting there. Superb indie."
4.88   Used & New from: 0.92
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)

The Remote Part
17.  The Remote Part by Idlewild
The list author says:
  "The album that made Idlewild big, some of the songs on it are just beautiful."
11.08   Used & New from: 0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Crack the Skye
18.  Crack the Skye by Mastodon
The list author says:
  "A real surprise in the modern rock scene, Mastodon's new album is everything you would expect from a stoner rock masterpiece."
5.18   Used & New from: 1.93
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Death Walks Behind You - Expanded Edition
19.  Death Walks Behind You - Expanded Edition by Atomic Rooster
The list author says:
  "The Rooster at their darkest, but also at their best."
11.77   Used & New from: 6.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Aqualung (Special Edition)
20.  Aqualung (Special Edition) by Jethro Tull
The list author says:
  "An album that would confuse on release, but astound years later. It's one of my favorite prog albums."
5.69   Used & New from: 2.60
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

In Glass House
21.  In Glass House by Gentle Giant
The list author says:
  "The best prog band, with this, their best album. 'The Runaway' is a really exciting tune."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Without You I'm Nothing
22.  Without You I'm Nothing by Placebo
The list author says:
  "An album that gets overlooked often without good reason, this is the reason Placebo are still famous. Perfect record from start to finish."
4.46   Used & New from: 0.21
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

The Downward Spiral
23.  The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
The list author says:
  "An important record for rock in general, Trent Reznor would push so many boundaries in the years that followed with this CD."
5.77   Used & New from: 1.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
24.  Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
The list author says:
  "Arguably the most instantly appealing of Clapton's early records, I think it's awesome."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

Pinkerton
25.  Pinkerton by Weezer
The list author says:
  "The album that Weezer should have just followed in the vein of forevermore. Way more intelligent than anything else they recorded, and more enjoyable as a result."
5.82   Used & New from: 1.23
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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