Found this interesting. It was from Quora and it asked an opinion on what classic rock bands had the best 3 albums in a row. What do YOU think?

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Cultural impacts, General interest Rock N Roll news, Led Zeppelin, Music history, Rolling Stones, The Beatles

James Martin · 


Studied Reading & Elementary Education at Russell Sage College (Graduated 1983)Updated Jun 8

Which rock band had the best three album run? That is a run of three straight great albums.

Some artists have more than three consecutive great albums in a row, so I’ve taken the three I believe are the strongest and put those others, before and after, in parentheses.

Todd Rundgren – (Runt, Ballad of TR) Something/Anything?, A Wizard A True Star, Todd (Initiation, Faithful, Hermit, Healing, TEPTAE)

Led Zeppelin – 1, 2, 3 (IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti)

Yes – (Time and a Word) Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge (Topographic Oceans, Relayer, Going for the One)

Genesis – (Trespass) Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound (Lamb Lies Down, Trick of the Tail, Wind and Wuthering)

The Who – (A Quick One) Sell Out, Tommy, Who’s Next (Live at Leeds, Quadrophenia)

Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland (Band of Gypsies, Cry of Love)

Joni Mitchell – (Ladies of the Canyon) Blue, For the Roses, Court and Spark (Hissing of Summer Lawns)

Steely Dan – (Can’t Buy a Thrill, Countdown to Ecstasy, Pretzel Logic) Katy Lied, Royal Scam, Aja

Beatles – (Help) Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper (Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles, Abbey Road)

Stones – (Aftermath, Between the Buttons, Satanic Majesties) Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers (Exile on Main Street)

XTC – (Go 2) Drums and Wires, Black Sea, English Settlement (Mummer, Big Express, Skylarking, Oranges and Lemons, Nonsuch)

King Crimson – Larks Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, Red

Clash – Clash, Give ’em Enough Rope, London Calling

Elvis Costello – (My Aim Is True) This Year’s Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy (Trust, Imperial Bedroom)

Cream – Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire

The Mothers – Freak Out, Absolutely Free, We’re Only in it for the Money

The Kinks (1st run)- (Face to Face) Something Else, Village Green, Arthur (Lola vs Powerman, Muswell Hillbilies)

The Kinks (2nd run) – Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget

Ramones – Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia (Road to Ruin)

David Bowie (1st run) – (Man Who Sold the World) Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane

David Bowie (2nd run) – (Station to Station) Low, Heroes, Lodger (Scary Monsters)

Mott the Hoople – Brain Capers, All the Young Dudes, Mott

Neil Young – (Neil Young) Everybody Knows, After the Goldrush, Harvest

Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61, Blonde on Blonde

Traffic – Mr Fantasy, Traffic, John Barleycorn (Low Spark, Shoot Out)

Jethro Tull – (This Was) Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung (Thick as a Brick)

Queen – Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack (Night at the Opera)

Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish, Modern Music, Drastic Plastic

Groundhogs – Split, Who Will Save the World?, Hogwash

U2 – Boy, October, War (Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby)

The Police – Outlandos, Regatta, Zenyatta (Ghost in the Machine, Synchronicity)

The Tubes – Remote Control, Completion Backward Principle, Outside Inside

Joe Jackson – Look Sharp, I’m the Man, Beat Crazy

The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette, The Black Album, Strawberries,

Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites, A Different Kind of Tension (Singles Going Steady)

The Jam – All Mod Cons, Setting Sons, Sound Affects

Pretenders – Pretenders, Pretenders II, Learning to Crawl

Pink Floyd – (Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, Obscurred by Clouds) Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here (Animals)

Elton John – Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water

Allman Brothers Band – Idewild South, Fillmore East, Eat a Peach (Brothers and Sisters)

Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, Wild Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Born to Run (Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, Born in the USA)

Billy Joel – Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street (Glass Houses, Nylon Curtain)

Iggy Pop – (Lust for Life, The Idiot) New Values, Soldier, Party

Hall and Oates (1st run) – Abandonned Luncheonette, War Babies, H & O (silver)

Hall and Oates (2nd run) – Voices, Private Eyes, H2O (Big Bam Boom)

Prince – 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day

Velvet Underground – VU and Nico, White Light/White Heat, VU (Loaded)

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks, Moondance, His Band and Street Choir (Tupelo Honey)

Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme, Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Chicago – Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago III

The Band – Music from Big Pink, The Band, Stage Fright

B-52s – B-52s, Wild Planet, Whammy!

Talking Heads – Talking Heads ‘77, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music (Remain in Light)

Blondie – (Plastic Letters) Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, Autoamerican

ELP – ELP, Tarkus, Pictures from an Exhibition (Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery)

CSN – Crosby Stills and Nash, Deja Vu, CSN

Van Halen – Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First

Dictators – Go Girl Crazy, Manifest Destiny, Bloodbrothers

Generation X – Generation X, Valley of the Dolls, Kiss Me Deadly

Tom Robinson – Tom Robinson Band, TRB II, Sector 27

PiL – Public Image, Metal Box, Flowers of Romance

Procol Harum – Procol Harum, Shine on Brightly, A Salty Dog (Home, Broken Barricades)

Roxy Music – Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded

Wishbone Ash – Wishbone Ash, Argus, Pilgrimage (Wishbone 4)

Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord, On the Threshold of a Dream

Magazine – Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, The Correct Use of Soap

Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel, PG II, PG III (Security)

Beach Boys – Sunflower, Surf’s Up, Holland

Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight (Dream Police)