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!

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
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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4w
@ImplicitDoom great I just added it, grew up listening to Korn but haven't sat down with that record yet and listened in full
4w
Korn’s Issues is also a concept record
6mo
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)
7mo
@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.
7mo
Not sure about that King Crimson one, but otherwise great list.
7mo
@Raccoon⁵ No idea, one of my friends said it was once and when I looked it up it said it was a semi-concept
7mo
White pony is a concept album? I never knew
7mo
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
8mo
nice list bro, keep it up! :)
8mo
@joseph thank you for adding them
8mo
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
8mo
@Stal @cakenator I added both of your additions to the list, hopefully one day I'll get around to listening to all of these!
8mo
Here’s my description for three cheers for sweet revenge:

Two lovers are separated by death when they are sent to different afterlives
8mo
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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