February 22nd, 2010
07:30 PM ET

The top ten rock albums?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/30/michael.jackson.jpg caption="Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' made the L'Osservatore Romano's list of the best rock albums of all time."]


Today, the Vatican's daily newspaper, "L'Osservatore Romano" published a list of the best rock albums of all time. They are as follows:

The Beatles' "Revolver"
Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon"
Oasis' "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"
Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
U2's "Achtung Baby"
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"
Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly"
Carlos Santana's "Supernatural"
Paul Simon's "Graceland"
David Crosby's "If I Could Only Remember My Name"

This got us thinking about our favorite rock albums. Things are getting slightly contentious here in the AC360° newsroom. We also asked Anderson to come up with his list.

Can you predict what's on Anderson's list?

What's on YOUR list?

Post a comment below and we'll let you know if you're right tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Ira Menthol

    Tammy Faye Bakker, "Now Is The Time"

    February 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  2. susan

    Guns N' Roses-Appetite for Destruction
    David Live-David Bowie
    Yes I Am-Melissa Etheridge
    Born To Run-Bruce Springsteen
    Back In Black-AC/DC
    Queens Greatest Hits-Queen
    Meatloaf-Bat Out of Hell
    The Doors-The Doors
    Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker

    February 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  3. Lucy Kohn

    If Anderson JUST considers pure ROCK, not hard rock or POP ( being Michael Jackson the king of POP very well known by everyone BUT the Vatican) My sister and I think it will have:

    1. The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
    2. White Album – The Beatles
    3. Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
    4. The Kids Are Alright – The Who
    5. Ramones Mania – The Ramones
    6. Space Oddity – David Bowie
    7. Monster – REM
    8. The Cure – Boys Don't Cry
    9. Cheap Thrills – Janis Joplin
    10. Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix

    February 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Man!! Everytime I read someone else's list ANOTHER ONE that didn't come immediately to mind is THERE!! It's not possible to list 10 all time albums... anymore... I listed mine earlier and now could list 25 more! ARgh!

    February 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  5. Chantelle Hughes Trinidad

    U2 – How to dismantle an atomic bomb..

    February 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  6. Deborah Gonzales-Trimble-Atlanta, GA

    My Top 10- Myabe Anderson's too

    1. AMERICA “Tin Man”

    2. Sly & the FAMILY Stone-“Every Day People”

    3. Marvin Gaye “What’s going on?”

    4. Chicago “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is”

    5. Kingsmen “Louie Louie”

    6.Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville”

    7. Rupert Holmes- If You Like Pina Coladas”

    8.Tina & Ike Turner “Proud Mary”

    9. Queen “We Will Rock You”

    10. Jimi Hendrix “Hey Joe”

    February 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  7. gerel peyton

    give me a break (lol) i have over 90G of music i have bought myself so i feel this should care some weight. I agree with fleetwood mac rumors, pearl jam ten, nirvana nevermind, melissa ethridge breakdown, the killers sam's town, third eye blind third eye blind, kiss live (the first one), queen a night at the opera, toad the wet sprocket coil or dulinea take your pick, u2 joshua tree, runner ups dave mathew band crash and keane hopes and fears. I didn't even scratch the surface off the great indy stuff out there but i'll stick by this list.

    February 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  8. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Anderson's list wouldn't be complete unless Journey was on it. We know how much he loves Journey tunes....Ha!

    February 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  9. MNCalling

    Jimi Hendrix.

    February 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  10. Claudia Carroll

    Ah... AC: probably need a definition of terms here, re "rock" albumn, as there are so many subgenres! Probably I'm the only commentator who actually was living to see the start of rock music (first called "rock 'n roll" in 1951, by Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed playing what was then really rhythm and blues). Imagine the excitement of dancing (the 'bop') to "Rock Around the Clock," or hearing Elvis Presley's "That's All Right, Mama" for the first time, usually not within hearing distance of our parents or teachers! Readers younger than me could check out Wikipedia's quick history on when Rock started for a rockin' trip back in time.

    February 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  11. graf nase

    depeche mode-exciter and ultra
    u2- the unforgettable fire and achtung baby
    fischer Z-red skies over paradise
    th clash -london calling
    Duran Duran -Rio
    The Killers..
    Bran Van 3000
    beatles -black album
    style council-cafe bleu
    the jam
    Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
    hehe.nice to do on a monday evening..

    February 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  12. Francine Polsky

    Bruce Springstien Born to Run
    Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
    Santana Abraxis
    Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow
    BOB DYLAN!!!! Desire
    The Who Tommy
    Pink Floyd The Wall
    Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
    Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys Born American
    Beatles Sergeant Pepper
    The Band Music from Big Pink

    February 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  13. Peter Treviño from New York City, NY

    My top 10 albums are all show tunes & movie soundtraks:
    1. Hello Dolly
    2. My Fair Lady
    3. Thoroughly Modern Millie
    4. Oliver!
    5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
    6. Mary Poppins
    7. Requiem
    8. Yentl
    9. Once Upon A Time In The West
    10. Psycho

    Plus about 1,000 or 5,000 more that I forget at the moment.

    February 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  14. Elaine C, Philadelphia, PA

    I just can't believe no one has mentioned Bob Marley yet!

    February 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  15. Allison

    need some Queen!!!!

    February 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  16. Janice Connelly Ocala,Florida

    Rock...too many to name..but the one that gets over looked is
    Jimi Hendricks-Band of Gypsy's with Buddy Mills as drummer
    one of my old time favorite's.
    For Anderson I think it depends on his mood at the time...he likes all music..motown...soul..R&B..blues..rock...he listens to the stones before he does AC 360 the something else after the cast I think the 5th deminsion

    February 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  17. Cyndi Clinton,MA.

    Anderson may like U2 or Madonna or maybe the Beatles.....everyone likes the Beatles. I can't wait to hear what they are..

    February 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  18. Karen Gibson

    Queen – Bohemian Rapsody
    Pink Floyd – Final Cut
    Rolling Stones – Forty Licks
    U2 -.....
    Springsteen – Born to Run
    Meat Loaf – Bat ot of Hell
    Beatles .....
    Bon Jovi......

    February 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  19. evie

    What?! No Billie Holiday or Etta James???

    February 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  20. Pamela Ricer

    Thriller-but if we weren't including MJ,after much thought,here's my list Rolling stones"Sticky Fingers"-Beatles"Abbey road"-Prince"Purple Rain"-Bob seeger and the Silver Bullet Band-Derrick and the Dominoes"Layla"-Black Crowes"Shake your Moneymaker"AC/DC"Back in Black"-Guns and Roses"Appetite for Destruction" The Who"Who's Next?"-can't remember the Album title but it was early-maybe first album by The James Gang

    February 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  21. Dena

    Nirvana's Nevermind, where's the love???

    February 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  22. minty

    It's Not The Eat, It's the Humidity – The Eat
    Bar Band Americanus - Charlie PIckett
    Operation: Get Castro's Permission - The Jeffersons
    The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson – Blind Lemon Jefferson
    After Bathing at Baxter's – Jefferson Airplane
    You Are An E.P. – F
    Worstest Hits – Roach Motel
    The Thing About Phil Harris – Phil Harris
    Vedder, Vedder, Bed Wetter – To Live and Shave in LA
    La Pulguita – Tupamaros

    February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  23. Ernst

    Shocked to see that none of the Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Van Halen, Jethro Tull, Metallica or Dire Straits albums not make on the list. To each its own, I guess

    February 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  24. Drew Williams

    1. White Album- The Beatles
    2. Ziggy Stardust- David Bowie
    3. Houses of the Holy- Led Zeppelin
    4. The Ramones
    5. Parallel Lines- Blondie
    6. Pretenders ( debut album)
    7. Are You Experienced?- Jimi Hendrix
    8. Sg. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles
    9. The Joshua Tree- U2
    10. Tommy- The Who

    February 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  25. Cyndi Clinton,MA.

    Styx.....The Grand Illusion
    Aerosmith...Live Bootleg

    February 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  26. Ratna, New York, NY

    My top ten list is mixed Hollywood and Bollywood:

    First top 3 current 2010
    Celine Dion – Je T'aime Encore 🙂 😉 😀
    Sade – Soldier of Love
    Jay Sean – Do you remember

    next top 4 from the 80's and 90's
    Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
    Hall & Oats: Sarah Smile
    Spandau Ballet: So True
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Scar Face

    Last top 3 bollywood 2009 and 2010:
    *Vishal Dadlani- Pump it Up
    (Movie: Chance Pe Dance / music director: Adnan Sami)
    *Sunidhi Chauhan – Shut up and Bounce
    (Movie: Dostana / music director: Vishal-Shekhar)
    Kyle Minogue: Chiggy Wiggy
    (Movie: Blue / Music director: AR Rahman)

    February 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  27. Ana

    Any Led Zeppelin album? They have to be on that list.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  28. Wanda

    Really. What does the Vatican know about rock? They would be the last people I'd expect to create a list. Do they do a ten best/worse dress list too?

    February 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  29. Zain Ahsan

    Sad But True-Metallica

    February 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  30. Roxanne - Ventura, CA

    U2- Unforgetable Fire
    Beatles – Abby Road
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    The Police – Reggatta de Blanc
    Journey – Greatest Hits
    U2 – All That You Can't Leave Behind
    Stone Temple Pilots – Core
    Foo Fighters – In Your Honor
    U2 – Rattle and Hum
    Alice In Chains – Unplugged

    Yes, I am a HUGE U2 fan...but love everything else too!

    February 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  31. LAK

    Elvis Costello
    Johnny Cash
    The Clash
    Joni Mitchell
    and the Chipmunk Album

    are some of my bets...

    February 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  32. Heather Gregory

    No Iron maiden...seriously?

    February 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  33. Ron, Newport News, VA

    1. Sgt, Pepper
    2. Billy Joel – The Stranger
    3. Jackson Brown – Running on Empty
    4. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    5. Paul Simon – Graceland
    6. Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
    7. Moody Blues – Days of Future Past
    8. Springsteen – Born to Run
    9. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
    10. Sticky Fingers – Rolling Stones

    February 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  34. Karolyn

    Led Zeppelin
    Bruce Springsteen
    Eric Clapton
    Michael Jackson

    February 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  35. Rick

    Good list...Cannot believe David Crosby is on it. One of the best albums from early 70's. Great musicians backing up and Grace Slick..
    I would include
    Blows against the empire By Jefferson Starship
    Anything by Van Morrison
    Bronski Beat..age of consent.
    So many so little time.
    Anderson, I am praying for you after Haiti. You were wonderful. I am glad you are having some fun listing the top 10.
    Rick in Ga

    February 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
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