Top 10 Prog Concept Albums

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Our list of the Top 10 Prog Concept Albums.

3. Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt2: Scenes From A Memory (1999)

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth studio album by Dream Theater and considered by many fans as their best album or at least up there with Images and Words.  It was #3 on the Prog Report’s Top 50 Prog Albums of the last 25 years and has been included at or near the top of many progressive metal lists over the years. The band recently celebrated the album’s 20th anniversary by performing the entire album on tour.


2. Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)

The Wall is the eleventh studio album by Pink Floyd and the last to include the classic lineup. Also turned into a movie featuring Bob Geldof as the lead character, the album has gone on to have a life of its own with Roger Waters touring for many years performing the album in its entirety.  It also includes many rock radio staples including Comfortably Numb, Another Brick in the Wall, and Hey You.


1. Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the sixth studio album from the English rock band Genesis and the last with Peter Gabriel as lead singer.  It featured a complicated story written by Gabriel but also is celebrated as containing some of the group’s finest work. With songs like ‘In The Cage’, Carpet Crawlers’, and ‘Fly on a Windshield’, the album is considered by many the standard by which all concept albums are compared to and perhaps rightfully so.


    • I generally hate top tens because you just simply can’t limit all of the best things in a given category to a list of ten! 😉
      A lot of people will disagree with this list (as do I) but at least the albums listed ARE top notch.

      • I agree. My top 10 won’t include a few of these but it is a solid list.

      • I don’t disagree with you at all. Every album listed is phenomenal. But still…

  • Joe, Trick of the tail is not a concept album!!!! missing from this list (imho) Sylvan – Posthumous Silence (2006); RUSH – Clockwork Angels (2012); Jeff Wayne – War of the Worlds (1978): Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero (2007). message ends…

  • Pain of salvation – Be, Solaris – Nostradamus Book Of Prophecies, Green Carnation – Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness

  • 1 and 2 are defenitly on my top 10 but the other 8 I can remplace so easily…I wouldn’t keep any of them.

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