10 Best Soft Rock Albums Ever

One of the best ways to unwind is to kick back and listen to your favorite tunes from the 10 best soft rock albums of all time. Even hard rock fans enjoy a little of the soft rock stuff, especially the classics from the '70s and early '80s. For your listening pleasure, we've compiled a list of some of the best soft rock albums ever released. Put your feet up and get ready to enjoy.

  1. “Achtung, Baby” by U2: Released in 1991, this is perhaps U2’s most powerful album since they stormed the world with “The Joshua Tree.” Earning its place as one of the best soft rock albums of all time, this is an album that’s filled with excitement, love and amazing songs like “One” and “She Moves in Mysterious Ways.”
  2. “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” by Jim Croce: One of the most influential folk singers of all time, it’s only appropriate that his soft rock collection “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” find its way into our list.  With great songs like “Operator, “Time in a Bottle” and the title track, can you blame us?
  3. “So” by Peter Gabriel: John Cusak broke hearts when his character stood outside his girl’s window, trench coat askew and boom box held high aloft. The heart wrenching Peter Gabriel song “In Your Eyes” poured forth, winning the hearts of every girl in the audience. One of the best soft rock albums for lovers, this one will melt the coldest of hearts
  4. “Honkey Chateau” by Elton John: No list of the best soft rock albums would be complete without an Elton John addition, and there are few soft rock albums that can compare to the one that put the man on the charts. Belting out hits like “Rocket Man” and “Honky Cat,” you only have to listen to this one once to realize why it makes our list.
  5. “No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins: One of Phil Collins’ biggest albums, “No Jacket Required” spawned hit after hit for this little balding crooner.  Some of the best hits include “Susudio” and “In the Air Tonight.”
  6. “Kick” by INXS: Oz sensation INXS stormed the charts during the ‘80s and “Kick” was the cream of the crop. Despite its political protests, with great soft rock songs like “Need You Tonight,” it’s a real treat for any soft rock fan.
  7. “Carpenters” by The Carpenters: One of the most brilliant albums of the ‘70s and most unforgettable soft rock albums, “Carpenters” brought us popular hits like “Superstar” and the ever-popular “Rainy Days and Mondays.”  Listening to Karen’s beautiful voice is sure to lift anyone’s spirits.
  8. “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac: Debuting in 1977, “Rumours” sent Fleetwood Mac to the top of the charts and kept them there with hit upon hit.  Considered one of the best soft rock albums of the decade as well as one of the best soft rock albums of all time, it gave us great hits like “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” and the always-beautiful “Dreams.”
  9. “The Stranger” by Billy Joel:  Billy Joel really came into his own during the ‘80s and “The Stranger” is easily the amazing soft rock album that launched his career.  Featuring hits like “Only the Good Die Young,” “She’s Always a Woman” and “Just the Way You Are,” this is a great album that draws the listener into each and every story.
  10. "Abandoned Lunchonette" by Hall & Oates:  Daryll Hall and John Oates kicked out some of the greatest soft rock albums of the '70s and '80s, but "Abandoned Lunchonette" really delivered all that and a bag of chips. The biggest hit from this '73 album was the heartwrenching "She's Gone."
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