Allow us to introduce to you a brief rundown of 22 great rock albums that you should have already listened to.

By no means exhaustive, we had to have a cut-off point before our list became out of control. Most of these you should already be very familiar with, but let us know which ones we missed that are in your top rock albums list.

It's important to note, as you make your way through our list, how many of these rock legends have since passed away.

 

'Nevermind' by Nirvana

Nirvana's sophomore release is often regarded as one of the best albums ever produced. And we're inclined to agree. Altogether now, "With the lights out, it's less dangerous..."

'Purple Rain' by Prince

Another artist we tragically lost too soon, Prince's back collection is so full of hits and fantastic albums, you could take your pick at whichever album you choose. 1984's 'Purple Rain' only contained nine songs, but that title track alone is a winner.

 

'Hybrid Theory' by Linkin Park

Bursting onto the scene in 2000, Linkin Park's debut album was equal parts heavy rock mixed with hypnotic hip-hop beats. 'Hybrid Theory' worked perfectly, creating one of the biggest debuts of a band ever, being certified Diamond in the US alone (meaning it sold over 10 million copies).

 

'Sticky Fingers' by The Rolling Stones

Too obvious perhaps? Or not obvious enough? The 10-track 'Sticky Fingers' was the Rolling Stones' 11th studio effort, and together with previous release 'Let it Bleed', is often regarded as one of their best efforts.

 

'The Colour and the Shape' by Foo Fighters

The only artist on our list to make a second appearance (Dave Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana on 'Nevermind'), Foo Fighters have become synonymous with creating damn good rock and roll. Still to top the success of this album, the Foos have gone on to dominate the world with great rock vibes all the same.

 

'Blood on the Tracks' by Bob Dylan

First achieving mixed reviews upon its release in 1975, 'Blood on the Tracks' has since gone on to become one of Bob Dylan's greatest works with fans and critics, alike.

 

'The Dark Side of the Moon' by Pink Floyd

Point us to a greatest rock albums list that doesn't include Pink Floyd and we will happily write them a strongly worded letter. The pinnacle of rock, 'The Dark Side of the Moon' is a true example of the 1970s that still sounds amazing over 45 years later.

 

'Abbey Road' by the Beatles

As well as having one of the most iconic album covers ever, 'Abbey Road' has gone down in history as the last record the Beatles ever recorded together. 'Come Together' they did not.

 

'A Weekend in the City' by Bloc Party

Truly a stellar album, 'A Weekend in the City' proved that Bloc Party were no one-trick-ponies. Hot on the heels of 2005's epic debut 'Silent Alarm', their sophomore release included the likes of 'Flux' and 'Hunting for Witches'.

 

'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac

We're sorry every other artist and album, but if this was a ranked list, 'Rumours' would probably get the number one spot. Featuring 'Dreams', 'The Chain', and 'Don't Stop', the album has gone down as one of the best albums ever made.

 

'By The Way' by Red Hot Chill Peppers

Released during the peak of summer 2002, 'By the Way' became a huge hit for the LA band. The follow-up to 'Californication' reached number one in Ireland, as well as many more countries around the world.

 

'The Joshua Tree' by U2

U2's fifth studio album is one of their best. 'The Joshua Tree' features some of the Irish band's best work, including 'With or Without You' and 'Where the Streets Have No Name', which are both still featured in their world-wide tour setlists.

 

'Slowhand' by Eric Clapton

The 1970s were such a great era for rock music. 'Slowhand' is 42 years old this year, and has some of Eric Clapton's best works including 'Cocaine', 'Lay Down Sally', and 'Wonderful Tonight'.

 

'Currents' by Tame Impala

'Currents' was a less psychedelic album than anything we'd heard from Tame Impala before but that sure as hell wasn't a bad thing. Kevin Parker embraced his inner rock and dance gods to bring us one of 2015's best albums.

 

'Electric Ladyland' by Jimi Hendrix

If you ask any electric guitar player to name their number one icon, chances are they'll say Jimi Hendrix. An undisputed icon, he quickly became one of the world's highest paid artists, and of course played Woodstock in 1969, one year before his tragic death at 27.

 

'A Night at the Opera' by Queen

A force to be reckoned with, 'A Night at the Opera' is a joy to listen to. Released at a time when Freddie Mercury and Queen wanted to become more unique and experimental (which we now know thanks to 'Bohemian Rhapsody'), the album is an essential inclusion in any list regarding the best rock albums.

 

'Jailbreak' by Thin Lizzy

A huge influence to many musicians these days, Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy put Irish rock and roll on the map at a time when we needed it most. Featuring tracks such as 'Jailbreak', 'Warrior', and of course 'The Boys are Back in Town', the album is a must-listen.

 

'Hot Fuss' by The Killers

The Las Vegas band's debut album is arguably still their best effort and we think you're inclined to agree. Storming into the Irish albums chart, it went on to spend 11 weeks at the number one spot.

 

'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are proof that the 1960s produced some truly amazing music. A little less rock and a bit more roll when compared to some others on our list, 'Pet Sounds' is a delightful inclusion that has stood the test of time.

 

'An Awesome Wave' by Alt-J

Another debut here, Alt-J are a band who are more indie/atmospheric-rock than rock and roll. However, their 2012 effort deserves a place on our list if only because the album certainly lives up to its title. 'An Awesome Wave' went in at number one both in the UK and Ireland's independent albums charts.

 

'At Folsom Prison' by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash's name is on an incredible 56 studio albums. However, one of the more memorable is his live album recorded at Folsom Prison on January 13th, 1968. Performing two shows on the day in question, his appearance became a main feature in 2013's feature film 'Ring of Fire' starring Joaquin Phoenix as the legend himself.

 

'(What's The Story) Morning Glory? By Oasis

So anyway, here's 'Wonderwall'. Looking at the track listing for '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' it's pretty clear why the album did so well; going on to become the best-selling albums in the UK during the '90s.