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.

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  1. Lori

    I think there are far too many fabulous albums to limit it to 10. Am I the only one here that finds it odd that the vatican would be publishing a list of top albums ?

    February 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Gigi

    Definitely The Beatles White Album, also Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Moody Blues, Simon and Garfunkel, The BeeGees, U2, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics, and ABBA.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  3. Ruth

    I think the list is good, but no good enoght, like why no Rolling Stones, Led Zepelin, Duran Duran, Police?....

    February 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  4. Leslie

    Van Morrison's Astral Weeks

    February 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  5. Deda

    is Anderson even back from vacation yet?

    I will be 50 this year. There can not be "top 10 Rock albums"...There are so many awesome artists and musical messages that seriously no one could limit the list to just 10...I have the gray hair to prove it! Do you really see the folks in the Vatican rocking out in their robes and little red velvet shoes?

    Where will rock be in 100 years, and where will the Vatican be in 100 years?

    February 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  6. Patricia-Mobridge, SD

    My top 10–

    Let It Bleed- The Rolling Stones
    Back In Black- AC/DC
    Highway To Hell-AC/DC
    The Doors-The Doors
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles
    Downward Spiral-Nine Inch Nails
    Hellbilly Deluxe-Rob Zombie
    The Joshua Tree-U2
    Mothership-Led Zeppelin

    As for Anderson... God only knows! LOL But if he truly has taste, then AC/DC and Metallica are hopefully on there somewhere.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  7. Gale

    Revolver! Over Sgt. Pepper! Never

    February 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  8. Samantha

    Some of my favorite albums:

    REM- Green
    REM- Out of Time
    U2- The Joshua Tree
    Cheap Trick- Lap of Luxury
    10,000 Maniacs- Our Time in Eden
    New Order- Technique

    Man I have tons from different decades and genres...tis hard to pick the top 10....lol

    February 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  9. Jane Schrantz, Gurnee IL

    1. The Clash "This Is Radio Clash" Single
    2. The Clash, London Calling
    3. Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters
    4. Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes
    5. Radiohead, OK Computer
    6. Devo, Freedom of Choice
    7. Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am
    8. Interpol, Antics
    9. Arcade Fire, Funeral
    10. The Hives, Your New Favourite Band

    February 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  10. Sarah, Canterbury - UK

    I reckon AC might like:

    Scissor Sisters – Tah Dah (Comfortably Numb – great track)
    Some Tina Turner – Proud Mary
    Maybe some Bruce Springsteen?
    TREX – Children of the Revolution?
    Maybe Kings of Leon?

    But being of the same age, I'm not so sure its cool being a middle age rocker !!!

    February 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  11. Chris Stanco

    ...also must agree with Kathy, RUSH Moving Pictures... I can see that also as an "Anderson" song 🙂 (HUGE Rush fan BTW)

    February 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  12. Lisa in Louisville

    Me – Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."

    Anderson – have no idea, but I'd guess maybe something by the The Killers, or some alt. rock group.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  13. JoAnn

    The Rolling Stones Exile on Mainstreet has to be on there as well as U2 Rattle and Hum.

    February 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  14. Isabel, Brasil

    Anderson's album will have: The Clash and Elvis Costello??

    On my list have Santana and Dire Straits

    February 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  15. Chris Stanco

    What about Duran Duran? Hungry Like the Wolf.... kind of personifies Anderson's passion to conquer the world's events! go 80's! 🙂

    February 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  16. Deborah


    February 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  17. Kimberly Montesano

    what about ....the beatles white album
    the beatles ...rubber soul
    sgt.peppers lonely hearts club band
    the beatles ...abbey road

    February 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  18. Ruben Sanchez, Jr.

    Believe it or not, my favortie Rock n' Roll album is "Beauty and the Beat" (1981) by The Go-Go's!

    February 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  19. DeLia CA

    Paul Simon is rock?? Hhmmmm I didn't know!

    How about Rage Against the Machine and AudioSlave? AC/DC, definitely Pink Floyd, LedZepplin, No Doubt (Rock Steady)

    So much great music!

    GF Handel concertos played by Keith Jarrett, but that's not rock!! but it does rock! lol

    February 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  20. Mari-Springfield Illinois

    Anderson's Top 10.......Beatles,Antabellum,Natalle Merchant,Counting Crows,Shawn Colvin,Springsteen, Rascal Flatt, REM, U2, Rolling stones.,

    February 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  21. Mary Ahalenia

    Laibach "Leben Heißt Leben" 1987

    February 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  22. Diane Rork

    My Top Ten in no specific order::
    MJ – Thriller
    Van Halen- 5150
    Journey – Greatest Hits
    Boston- Don't Look Back
    Styx- Paradise Theatre
    Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
    Bob Seger- Night Moves
    Pearl Jam- Ten
    Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody
    Cher- Believe

    February 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  23. Joanne

    I think Anderson's Top 10 would definitely include a Radiohead album – perhaps OK Computer or maybe one of the newer ones - In Rainbows?

    February 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  24. Barbara C. Oliver

    Can think of two right off the bat to be added:

    Bob Dylan's first album, "Bob Dylan"

    Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Crosby, Stills & Nash"

    Every song on each of those is still fantastic!

    February 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  25. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    from A-Hah ? album with "Take on Me" ? from the '80's, or whatever the group name and title is. album with Springsteen's...is it "My Life"? The Beatles with "I Wanna Hold your Hand". song "Blinded by the Light". And "Thriller" rules

    Will we hear Anderson's favorites tonight? Fun topic!

    February 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  26. Sonja

    Anderson's Top Ten:
    Pink Floyd
    Pearl Jam
    Foo Fighters
    Rolling Stones
    Jimi Hendrix
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Jon Bon Jovi

    Luv u, Anderson!

    February 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  27. David Hamill

    R.E.M. – Automatic For The People / Out of Time

    February 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  28. Diane DeCicco

    WOW! Top ten is pretty difficult to narrow down. There are soooo many good ones! I can't even begin to guess what Anderson's would be mine where hard enough lol I know Johnny Cash will be in there on the list for Anderson's tho 😀 Hold up tho Johnny Cash isn't rock tho... hmmm...

    Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same
    Van Halen 1
    U2 War
    Kiss Alive 1
    ACDC Back in Black
    The Cult Sonic Temple
    The Rolling Stones Some Girls
    Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain
    Jethro Tull Greatest Hits (anniversary ed)
    Def Leppard Pyromania

    February 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  29. Tammy Christine

    yeah, I would have to say, your a Barry White kinda guy." A love so new only you could bring"..hehe.." can love you till the day I die"..." Lost with out you".. "Your my everything.. Yeah Barry, sing it baby!" no way they could have made two! First last, Everything!" yeah

    February 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  30. LM

    Where are the STONES??????...also PRINCE?????

    Joe Cocker.....Janis Joplin..???????

    February 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  31. Richard

    Prince's Sign O the Times

    February 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  32. alfie

    It is not the Vatican's list either. It is the list of "L'Osservatore Romano", the daily newspaper in Vatican city.

    Alice In Chains – Jar of Flies

    February 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  33. Lisa Chicago Ill,

    My top 10 rock albums Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA : Michael Jackson's "Thriller White Snake Here I Go Again Byran Adams cuts like a knife -foreigner i wanna know what love is Billy Idol eyes without a face, Lover boy Working For The Weekend Creed My Sacrifice secondhand serenade goodbye Three Days Grace Over and Over 11 – Nickel back This Afternoon 🙂

    February 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  34. Bethany

    MICHAEL JACKSONS "Thriller" and any other Mj album sorry BIG Mj fan here 🙂

    February 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  35. Mike Huff Jr.


    February 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  36. Milton

    Genesis – Selling England By The Pound

    February 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  37. Laurel

    Most definately Journey....that what AC would have on his list 🙂

    February 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  38. Jessica Huffman

    Duran Duran – Rio
    Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime
    KISS – Alive
    The Cure – Standing on the Beach (the singles)
    Madonna – Ray of Light
    Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
    Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Thriller – Michael Jackson
    U2 – War
    Alanis Morrissette – Jagged Little Pill

    February 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  39. Kathy

    I don't know about Anderson but...REM Eponymous or Automatic for the People, " Night swimming" is an incredible song. AC/DC Back in black, RUSH MOVING Pictures, Elton John "Captain Fantastic", QUEEN "A Day at the Races" OR "A Night at the Opera" OR The Game, U2 "The Joshua Tree" or "Rattle and Hum", Madonna "The Immaculate Collection", 10 is a tough call... I could name 10 more... Bruce Springsteen Born in the USA, Foreigner – Head Games, Matchbox Twenty – "You or...", Michael Jackson "Thriller" or "off the Wall", The Beatles "Revolver"

    February 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  40. Rebecca, Louisville, KY

    My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges
    Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs
    Ben Folds Five: Whatever and Ever Amen
    Calexico: Feast of Wire
    Patty Griffin: Flaming Red
    Pinback: Summer in Abaddon
    Four Star Mary: Thrown to the Wolves
    Live: Throwing Copper
    Murder by Death: Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them
    The Who: Who's Next

    These are only the ones I can name off my iTunes since I don't have my racks of albums here in D.C.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  41. Lisa A., Philadelphia, PA

    would Purple Rain by Prince qualify as rock? It certainly rocked!

    February 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  42. Denise

    Anything BOWIE.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  43. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    Hmm interesting list, but it's some awesome names missing! I am agree with U2, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, anyway, here you have my top ten:

    1. The Joshua Tree U2 (My favorite band) I love them!
    2. Dark Side of the moon Pink Floyd
    3. Abbey Road The Beatles
    4. Thriller Michael Jackson
    5. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
    6. Apetite for Destruction Guns and Roses
    7. The Doors The Doors
    8. Tatoo You The Rolling Stones
    9. Hotel California The Eagles
    10.All That you can't Leave Behind U2

    February 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  44. john

    1. dark side of the moon...pink floyd
    2. nights in white satin...moody blues
    3. u can tune a piano,but u can't tuna fish....reo speedwagan
    4. lamb lies down on broadway...genesis
    5. and then there were three....genesis
    6.stairway to heaven album.....led zepplin
    7. journey.....journey
    8. abraxas.....santana
    9. inacada divita..i know i totally screwed up that spelling....iron butterfly
    10. the unforgettable fire...u2

    February 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  45. Becky

    The Smiths -The Queen is Dead
    Elton John- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    February 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  46. nancy

    my top 10

    beatles abbey road
    rubber soul
    bruce springsteen born to run
    rolling stones sticky fingers
    u2 joshua tree
    paul mccartney venus and mars
    crosby stills nash csn(1968)
    moody blues days of future passed
    simon and garfunkel bridge over troubled water

    February 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  47. stacey

    Metallica – Ride the lightning

    February 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  48. Katie


    February 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  49. Alicia Barnes

    The Clash "London Calling"
    AC/DC "Back in Black"
    U2 "The Joshua Tree"
    Pink Floyd "Dark Side fo the Moon"
    Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti"
    Styx "Kilroy was Here"

    February 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  50. Justin

    If Anderson considers Michael Jackson rock...I am have to question is credibilty.

    February 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
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