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And today I’m going to discuss the top 5 Important Rock albums that made history and left there mark, please note this is my list and only my opinion you may have your own list if so comment below and show me your list.
This list will include Albums from any Era and any genre, however, it will not include Greatest Hits or singles or EP ‘s.
Okay so Let’s begin!
5. Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York – 1994
Okay so first on the list is Nirvana’s Unplugged album now people will say what about “Nevermind” done get me wrong, Nevermind had a big impact in the 90’s so much the band couldn’t even predict the impact it made on the music scene as well as the social side of the world making them the kings of the grunge genre but it was this album in my eyes that made more of an impact playing the lesser known songs on the catalogue as well as playing songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets.
Being this first Grunge band to go Acoustic live on MTV for the world to see and is one of Kurt Cobain’s last big live performances before his death The album was released after this death. What made this album as well was Certifying 5x Platinum by 1997 only 3 years after it’s release. Also covering David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World kind of sold it to me as well it was created at the time and made the band stand out even more.
4. Oasis – What’s the Story (Morning Glory) – 1995
Okay before anyone says it yes this is Britpop/Indie but it’s my List so back off, Oasis’s second album release What’s the Story (Morning Glory) released back in 95 created one of the most influential British albums of the 90’s and still to this day get’s referenced and noticed by other bands and artists, also you can thank Noel Gallagher for that one guy that plays Wonderwall at parties but with songs like Wonderwall, Roll With It, Don’t Look Back in Anger, Morning Glory and Champagne Supernova this makes the album worth listening to also Produced by the Gallagher brother gives this album more depth from the first album but also gave them the freedom to do what they want. Also creating a band rivalry with Blur made the papers a lot more than it should be given them more promotion on the album at the time so much so that Liam Gallagher even quoted that “Oasis are bigger than The Beatles” you have to give him credit for trying but I think The Beatles are untouchable even as of today.
With this being said Oasis is a well-known band around the world Selling 347,000 copies in the first week of release making this album one of the best selling albums in the first week of release and having sold 22 Million copies worldwide to date Certifying x56 Platinum worldwide earning a spot in top 10 most sold albums.
Not to late to actually make a reunion now is it lads?….
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? – 1967
The Jimi Hendrix Experience released this bad boy in 1967 making people listen to music differently at in the day given them a genre that gives them something to chill out to if you get my drift, Hendrix was around before this album was released but wasn’t noticed until he teamed up with the British duo on drums and bass to release this masterpiece and what makes this more of an important album in the rock history is that it was Jimi’s debut album release. He mastered the sound and direction he went and just went with the flow.
This album on my list has sold the least amount of copies only just Certified x5 Platinum but the reason this album makes the list is due to the playing of the instrument not many guitarists can say that the music Jimi created was bland or boring it was full of colour and hit you in the face with sound and also influenced a lot of musicians today.
Also to be able to play a Beatles song 2 days after their album was released live in front of an audience with The Beatles in the audience watching all I got to say is fair play.
2. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of The Moon – 1973
Pink Floyd’s The dark side of the moon would be their Eight album release and was all recorded in Abby Road Studios and was a weird and vibrant album creating different sounds with different instruments as well as random objects making this an album where you want to sit in the dark for 45 minutes and obverse your surroundings.
This is Pink Floyd’s best selling album to date Certifying x70 Platinum Worldwide and even hitting a benchmark of Diamond in Canada making The Dark Side of Moon a success within itself, the reason it’s on my list is because Pink Floyd have reached a lot of fans across the world with their sound but also influenced a lot of people to do what they want but also having their own but weird sound has got to make my list as well as that the next two albums Wish You Were Here and The Wall are also Iconic albums that made rock history.
1. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band – 1967
Now how can you not have The Beatles on your list if it wasn’t for The Beatles most bands wouldn’t be going to this day. Sgt Peppers was released in 1967 and was The Beatles eight album and by the end of the year that album sold 2,360,423 Copies in the US alone that is a benchmark to beat which to this day no one has Certifying x52 Platinum worldwide and staying in the album charts for 175 weeks till 1987 that on its own deserves the number one spot for me.
But the album cover so many references on the cover even portraying different personals for the album giving this more edge at the time.
After hearing The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album the Fab Four said to each other we need to make an album that had to be special, with this being said The Beatles explored unknown territories within the music business as well as experiential sounds and also notice by them as having the most fun recording this album as well.
This album changed music more than it should becoming a big success in the U.S even though no singles were released to promote the album Sgt. Peppers and is The Beatles most selling album with Abby Road only hitting 14 Million Copies Sold and getting x22 Platinum.
And that’s my List people hope you’ve enjoyed reading and wasn’t too boring for you, do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments section what you think the top 5 albums that made Rock History are.