Classic Rock Bands That Released Five Perfect Albums In A Row

Classic Rock Bands That Released Five Perfect Albums In A Row

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Well, here we go again as we present our third article in our a series of perfect albums in a row. We started out with this series at three perfect albums in a row and now we’re at five perfect albums in a row. This one is a lot tougher than the first two. It’s also a bit shorter as they were fewer bands that ever released five perfect albums in a row. Now many people argue there is no such thing as a perfect album. We would argue they are wrong. Of course, it depends on how you define the word perfect. We defined the word perfect in rock ‘n’ roll as a great album in which most fans love every single song on the record. And of course,  there could be one or two that aren’t as perfect as the rest of the songs, but are close enough.

We hope you have fun with this one

Five Perfect Albums In A Row


Rush was one of the bands that benefited immediately from the extra album added as leaving Moving Pictures off our four in a row list really hurt.

2112 – 1976

A Farewell to Kings -1977

Hemispheres – 1978

Permanent Waves – 1980

Moving Pictures – 1981


Not everyone loves Metallica’s 1991 album, but we think its great. Their first five albums are simply stunning metal masterpieces

Kill ‘Em All (1983)

Ride the Lightning – 1984

Master of Puppets – 1986

…And Justice for All – 1988

Metallica – 1991

The Police

The Police are the only band on this list in which their five perfect albums in a row also happen to be the only five studio albums the band ever released. That’s called a perfect studio album discography.

Outlandos d’Amour (1978)

Reggatta de Blanc (1979)

Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)

Ghost in the Machine (1981)

Synchronicity (1983)

The Rolling Stones

There are a couple of different places in the Stones catalog where one could count off five perfect albums in a row. However, we think this is the strongest five album stretch in the band’s history.

# 1 – Beggars Banquet – 1968

# 2 – Let It Bleed – 1969

# 3 – Sticky Fingers – 1971

# 4 – Exile on Main St. – 1972

# 5 – Goats Head Soup – 1973

The Beatles

Yes, we know Magical Mystery Tour was released between Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album. However, in the UK, Magical Mystery Tour was basically a double ep with only six songs. In the US, it was just a compilation of those UK songs and some instrumentals. So we have disqualified Magical Mystery Tour as a complete studio album, therefore, opening the door to The White Album becoming the Beatles Fifth Perfect album in a row.

# 1 – Help! – 1965

# 2 – Rubber Soul – 1965

# 3 – Revolver -1966

# 4 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1967

# 5 – The Beatles (The White Album) – 1968


Their first five albums are legendary. Pure rock and roll proving them to be one of the greatest rock bands ever that debuted in the 1970s.

Aerosmith – 1973

Get Your Wings – 1974

Toys in the Attic – 1975

Rocks – 1976

Draw The Line – 1977

Elton John

Madman Across The Water – 1971

Honky Château (1972)

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player -1973

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – 1973

Caribou -1974

Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s most underrated album in our opinion is his fifth perfect one in a row. The Nylon Curtain stands as his Sgt Pepper. The four albums that came before it are also spectacular. And the two before that will probably keep Billy Joel on this perfect series of lists for a while.

Turnstiles -1976

The Stranger -1977

52nd Street -1978

Glass Houses  – 1980

The Nylon Curtain – 1982

Led Zeppelin

We hate leaving out Physical Graffiti, but their first five albums are more than perfect, they serve as the soundtrack to so many of our lives…..

Led Zeppelin  – 1969

Led Zeppelin II – 1969

Led Zeppelin III  – 1970

Led Zeppelin IV – 1971

Houses Of The Holy – 1973

Bruce Springsteen

The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle -1973

Born to Run -1975

Darkness on the Edge of Town -1978

The River -1980

Nebraska – 1982

Steely Dan

Steely Dan is another band that we could probably rate their entire catalog as perfect…well almost.

Pretzel Logic – 1974

Katy Lied -1975

The Royal Scam – 1976

Aja – 1977

Gaucho – 1980


# 1 –  Queen II -1974

# 2 – Sheer Heart Attack – 1974

# 3 –  A Night At The Opera – 1975

# 4 –  A Day At The Races – 1976

# 5 –  News Of The World – 1977

The Who

Some people feel the Who By Numbers wasn’t a great album, I think looking back in time it really was.

Tommy – 1969

Live At Leeds – 1970

Who’s Next – 1971

Quadrophenia – 1973

The Who By Numbers – 1975

The Allman Brothers Band

Albums that defined a style of music that no one came close to matching.

The Allman Brothers Band (1969)

Idlewild South (1970)

At Fillmore East (1971, live)

Eat a Peach (1972, part live)

Brothers and Sisters (1973)

David Bowie

So many great albums we could have started at many different places in hs catalog.

Diamond Dogs (1974)

Young Americans – 1975

Station to Station – 1976

Low – 1977

“Heroes” – 1977

and the rest……

The Doors

The Doors -1967

Strange Days -1967

Waiting for the Sun -1968

The Soft Parade -1969

Morrison Hotel – 1970

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas Flood (1983)

Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984)

Soul to Soul (1985)

Live Alive (1986)

In Step (1989)

ZZ Top

Tejas (1976)

Degüello (1979)

El Loco (1981)

Eliminator (1983)

Afterburner (1985)

Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Öyster Cult (1972)

Tyranny and Mutation (1973)

Secret Treaties (1974)

Agents of Fortune (1976)

Spectres (1977)


Energized – 1974

Rock and Roll Outlaws -1974

Fool For The City -1975

Night Shift -1976

Foghat Live -1977

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bayou Country (1969)

Green River (1969)

Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)

Cosmo’s Factory (1970)

Pendulum (1970)


The Yes Album – 1971

Fragile – 1971

Close to the Edge – 1972

Tales from Topographic Oceans – 1973

Relayer – 1974

Joni Mitchell

Blue – 1971

For the Roses – 1972

Court and Spark – 1974

The Hissing of Summer Lawns -1975

Hejira – 1976

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath (1970)

Paranoid (1970)

Master of Reality (1971)

Vol. 4 (1972)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

Frank Zappa

Over-Nite Sensation  -1973

Apostrophe (‘) -1974

Roxy & Elsewhere  -1974

One Size Fits All – 1975

Bongo Fury -1975


Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)

Powerage (1978)

Highway to Hell (1979)

Back in Black (1980)

For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981)

Grand Funk Railroad

Closer to Home (1970)

Survival (1971)

E Pluribus Funk (1971)

Phoenix (1972)

We’re an American Band (1973)


Boy – 1980

October -1981

War -1983

The Unforgettable Fire -1984

The Joshua Tree -1987

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