Musical Narratives: The Concept Album


While most studio albums consist of a compilation of relatively disconnected songs, a concept album is distinguished by the fact that all of the musical or lyrical ideas contribute to a single overall theme or unified story. This often manifests itself in the epic rock opera, pioneered by 1960s and 70s progressive and psychedelic rock bands.

Few bands have attempted creating a concept album, and even fewer have become wildly successful in their efforts. I have ranked my personal favorite concept albums in reverse order, taking into consideration both the 1960s classics and the more contemporary artists experimenting with this form. Click the link below to discover which album made the fifth slot on the list and to ascend the rest of the rankings.

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