As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s epic “The Wall,” it got us thinking about some of the best concept albums that have been released over time. Some tell a continuous story, while others use each song to contribute to an overall theme.
Regardless of the path that is taken, the process can be arduous and has even been known to tear bands apart. However, the end result is usually pretty memorable. Here’s our list of some of the more notable concept albums ever made.
“Pet Sounds” (1966), The Beach Boys
In many ways, “Pet Sounds” is the solo work of band leader Brian Wilson. Not only was this a blueprint for the conceptual albums listeners would later come to know, but it was also a major experiment for the Beach Boys. After this progressive journey that includes some unique accompaniment, the band was no longer considered a full-blown pop group — for better or worse. “Wouldn’t it Be Nice,” “Sloop John B” and “God Only Knows” still remain some of the best songs of all time.