Concept Albums

This is a list of the best/important/whatever I thought of concept albums. I have a massive soft spot for concept albums and they automatically make me want to enjoy an album, so I made a list of some of the popular ones (by some of I mean way too many of them). I tried adding a lil summary for each that I've listened to already.

If I missed your favorite concept album, or you just see a gap I forgot about, let me know and I'll add it!

EDIT: yeah i havent touched this list in quite a while and i probably won't for the forseeable future

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
90
Noted as more a "Production Concept" than a lyrical or story concept, but it still counts. The album is a series of small art pieces that combine together to create one large art piece, according to Wikipedia.
The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out!
80
A satirical album about American pop culture and 'scenes' in the 1960s.
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
90
A circus-like concert by the eponymous fictional band Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Who - Tommy
90
A dumb, deaf and blind boy learns to play pinball and starts a cult.
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice - Jesus Christ Superstar [Original Concept Recording]
90
The final three days of Jesus' life through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
90
A king learning how to rule properly evolving from just another Schizoid Man to a real leader.
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
80
A Vietnam veteran returns to the United States to be met with hatred, suffering and injustice.
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
80
An alien is sent to Earth to save it from impending apocalypse, becomes a rock star and dies from his fame? I really have no idea.
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
100
The effects of life, madness and death on the human psyche.
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3d
how is lil boat here
3mo
relapse technically is eminem arguing with slim shady and becoming absolutely disgusting and then eventually sings about drug overdose
4mo
TA13OO - Denzel Curry
4mo
i didn't mean to haunt you 😢
4mo
Relapse (2009) loosely follows the story of a rehab clinic patient breaking out and becoming a serial killer/rapist
8mo
Amazing list! Consvmer's Obsession is a concept album that kicks ass
1y
sick list
1y
nothing was the same is another one you can put on here
1y
The Impossible Kid (2016) by Aesop Rock seems to have a narrative running through it. I wrote an extended explanation on my account but the general story is that:
Aesop is full of regret and grief, and feels isolated from society and the music landscape. He moves to a barn, where he reminisces on his brothers and deceased best friend. He goes to therapy for his anxiety and depression, which fails. He then gets a pet cat, Kirby, which works. He finishes the album by accepting the concepts of life and death. Regardless of if this story is real or not, the album still circles around themes of grief, regret, loneliness, frustration, and acceptance.
1y
Fishscale by Ghostface Killah would belong
1y
@21stcenturyschi I found them cited on a few lists on concept albums, I'll see if I can find those again
1y
How are White Pony and Amo concept albums?
1y
Oh yeah and The Nothing by Korn is a concept album too!
1y
I would say Dream Theater's Octavarium is a concept album. It's their eighth album and thirteenth release counting live albums. This mirrored a musical octave. The first song "The Root of All Evil" being in F minor, followed by "The Answer Lies Within" in G minor. The two tracks are connected by an interlude in the key of F# minor. And so on and so forth.
1y
I'm not sure if I've read into it too much, or if it's just a very messy concept album, but turn on the bright lights by Interpol atleast has enough to he considered a concept album if weezer is in here. From the moment I first heard it I thought there was an underlying story, and I actually managed to piece one together, but again I may have just found one cuz I was looking.
2y
@ImplicitDoom great I just added it, grew up listening to Korn but haven't sat down with that record yet and listened in full
2y
Korn’s Issues is also a concept record
2y
Not sure if you added them yet, IDK, i might have missed it, but Marillion has some good concept albums:
Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Clutching At Straws (1987)
Brave (1993)
2y
@GeMann Only added ITCOTCK cause I saw fan theories about it being a concept album (same with Weezer's White Album) and wikipedia said it was, I'll find whatever source wikipedia used and decide if I should keep it on or not.
2y
Not sure about that King Crimson one, but otherwise great list.
2y
@Raccoon⁵ No idea, one of my friends said it was once and when I looked it up it said it was a semi-concept
2y
White pony is a concept album? I never knew
2y
SF Sorrow is another really good concept album and one of the first prog ones iirc. Also based inclusion of 1. Outside, it’s such an underrated Bowie album imo
2y
nice list bro, keep it up! :)
2y
@joseph thank you for adding them
2y
you should include andy shauf’s two most recent albums: ‘the neon skyline’ and ‘the party’, he verified that they are both concept albums, each with their own locations and characters
2y
@Stal @cakenator I added both of your additions to the list, hopefully one day I'll get around to listening to all of these!
2y
Here’s my description for three cheers for sweet revenge:

Two lovers are separated by death when they are sent to different afterlives
2y
Great list! You covered about all the ones I could think of but heres just one more, Gangstalkers by Rusty Cage.
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