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Discogs Classics: The Top 25

From Pink Floyd to Madonna, Discogs Classics continue to inspire, and each selection is a must-have addition to any record collection.

Discogs is celebrating the top 100 records sold in 2023 with a limited-time flash sale featuring classic albums from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and more. These 100 records continue to endure as timeless classics, and each selection is a must-have addition to any record collection. Because these records continue to resonate with a large portion of the Discogs community, we’re highlighting the top 25 from the list to break down why they matter, the stories behind their recording, and why they continue to sell sometimes decades after their release. Whether you’re new to Discogs or an experienced collector, get to know the Discogs Classics.

#1

Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd

Debuted in a live performance in 1972, and recorded later that year and the next at EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios), Pink Floyd’s conceptual masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon fully cemented the band’s evolution from bohemian London psych-prog outfit to one of the world’s most ambitious, arena-filling rock bands. Released in 1973, the album reflected a darkening mood as the late ‘60s summer of love gave way to the long hangover of the early ‘70s, and the worldwide sense of wonder at the space race that took man to the light side of the moon curdled deeper into Cold War paranoia. Closer to home, the album dealt with the band’s own exhaustion with a rigorous touring schedule as well as with the alienation and frayed mental health of former bandmate Syd Barret. Upon release, the album became an immediate success, and has gone on to become one the best-selling albums of all time. On Discogs, it holds the honor of being the Most Collected and Most Wanted Pink Floyd album and the first album ever to appear in over one million collectors’ Wantlists.

#2

Thriller

Michael Jackson

For his sixth studio album, Michael Jackson challenged himself to write a record where “every song was a killer.” The result was Thriller, a Quincy Jones-produced album of disco-inflected pop that saw the singer embrace and blend styles including funk, rock, and R&B. Thriller went on to become the best-selling album of all time, estimated to have sold over 70 million copies worldwide, and seven of its nine tracks became No. 1 singles, including the title track (supported by its memorable music video) and the Eddie Van Halen assisted “Beat It.” Thriller catapulted Jackson to superstardom and left an indelible mark on music and pop culture.

Thriller
Michael Jackson
2019
Disco, Funk, Soft Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue
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#3

Rumours

Fleetwood Mac

Rumours is the eleventh studio album from British-American band Fleetwood Mac, recorded in California throughout 1976 and released in February of 1977. Written with the intention of making a “pop album,” the band expanded on the commercial success of their 1975 self-titled album. Despite internal relationship strife from the members of the band during recording, Rumours was an instant success, and is often cited as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
2019
Soft Rock, Pop Rock
CD, Reissue, Remastered
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#4

Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd

As the second Most Collected and second Most Wanted Pink Floyd album, Wish You Were Here stands as one of most beloved releases throughout the entire Discogs community. With tributes to founding member Syd Barrett, critiques of the music business, and its blend of melancholy textures and warm melodies, the album takes listeners on an emotional and immersive journey. Wish You Were Here’s rich soundscapes and memorable vocal hooks make the album a must-have for any Pink Floyd fan.

Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
1975
Rock
Vinyl, LP, Album
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#5

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a landmark that became a catalyst for the psychedelic, art rock, and prog rock that rose to prominence in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. Utilizing sound effects, tape manipulation, elements of vaudeville, and influences from Western and Indian classical music, the Beatles created an album that bridged the cultural gap between popular music and high art. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a groundbreaking release that forever expanded rock and roll’s sonic possibilities.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
1984
Rock, Pop, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Vinyl, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
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#6

Abbey Road
The Beatles
2021
Rock, Pop Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 gram
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#7

The Wall
Pink Floyd
2016
Rock
2 x LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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#8

Brothers In Arms
Dire Straits
1985
Rock, Classic Rock, AOR, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock
Vinyl
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#9

Untitled
Led Zeppelin
2020
Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Blues Rock
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, Gatefold, 180 gram
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#10

The Beatles
The Beatles
1968
Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental
2 x Vinyl, Album, Numbered, Stereo
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#11

Kind Of Blue
Miles Davis
2015
Jazz
Vinyl, Reissue, 180 Gram
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#12

Nevermind
Nirvana
2015
Alternative Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, 180 gram
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#13

Breakfast In America
Supertramp
1979
Rock, Art Rock, Pop Rock
Vinyl
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#14

Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin
2020
Blues Rock, Classic Rock
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, 180 Gram
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#15

Animals
Pink Floyd
2016
Psychedelic Rock
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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#16

Revolver
The Beatles
2012
Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue
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#17

Hotel California
Eagles
2023
Classic Rock, Country Rock
Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered
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#18

Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
1988
Folk Rock
LP, Black Vinyl, Matte Sleeve
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#19

Aja
Steely Dan
Pop Rock, Fusion
Box Set, 2 x Vinyl, Limited, Numbered
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#20

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
David Bowie
2022
Glam, Art Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, 180 gram
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#21

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
1969
Rock
Vinyl, LP, Album
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#22

Rubber Soul
The Beatles
2018
Rock, Pop, Beat, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock
Vinyl
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#23

Dire Straits
Dire Straits
1978
Rock, Classic Rock
Vinyl
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#24

The Joshua Tree
U2
1987
Rock, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
Vinyl
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#25

1962-1966 / 1967-1970
Beatles, The
2023
Rock, Beat, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Box Set, Vinyl, Compilation, Limited, 180g
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