24 Bands Who Released Two Amazing Albums in a Single Year

You’ve gotta respect the work rate of these bands who released multiple amazing albums in a single year. Rock bands couldn’t be stopped in the ’60s and ’70s. Acts such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple were releasing classics while making it look easy, like in 1969 when Zeppelin released their first two albums in January and October, respectively. 


The next year, Black Sabbath introduced the world to metal with their self-titled debut in February followed by the essentially perfect Paranoid in September. For a few of these bands, two albums in one year wasn’t enough. During the Rollins era of Black Flag, the hardcore punk legends released three albums in a period of nine months — My War (March), Family Man (September) and Slip it In (December).


And imagine releasing four classic albums in two calendar years. Of course, the Beatles did it, giving the world Help! and Rubber Soul in 1965, followed by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour in 1967.

Led Zeppelin (January 1969) / Led Zeppelin II (October 1969)

Queen - Queen II (March 1974) /
Sheer Heart Attack (November 1974)

The Beatles Help! (August 1965) / Rubber Soul (December 1965) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (June 1967) / Magical Mystery Tour (November 1967)

Ramones Leave Home (January 1977) /
Rocket to Russia (November 1977)

Deep Purple Burn (February 1974) / Stormbringer (November 1974)

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (February 1970) / Paranoid (September 1970)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced (May 1967) / Axis: Bold as Love (December 1967)

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I + II (September 1991)

Motorhead - Overkill (March 1979) / Bomber (October 1979)

KISS KISS (February 1974) / Hotter Than Hell (October 1974) Destroyer (March 1976) / Rock and Roll Over (November 1976)

System of a Down Mezmerize (May 2005) /
Hypnotize (November 2005)

Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards (May 1972) /
The Magician’s Birthday (December 1972)

Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River (August 1969) / Willy and the Poor Boys (November 1969) Creedence also released Bayou Country in January 1969.

Judas Priest Stained Class (February 1978) / Killing Machine (October 1978)