Best to Worst: Albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers


The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released 11 albums since their debut self-titled album came out in 1984. I am by no means an expert on this band or their music, but I have had time to listen to all their albums (some a lot more than others). This is just an opinion and is based on my listening preferences, nothing really technical goes into it, so with that being said, let’s start!

1. By The Way


This actually my favorite album ever released, by any band. It’s hard to explain why exactly I love it so much, but I know if I shuffle this album, there won’t be a single song that I skip. It’s hard to pick, but some favorites of mine from the album are “Universally Speaking”, “I Could Die For You”, “By The Way”, and “Dosed.”(my favorite RHCP song)

2. Stadium Arcadium 


The Red Hot Chili Peppers released this double album in 2006. I’ve heard that double albums usually don’t get the credit they deserve because there are so many tracks, but this album became the band’s first number one selling album in the U.S. and earned them seven grammy nominations. There are so many great tracks on this album, my personal favorites beeing “Slow Cheetah”, “Snow (Hey Oh)”, “Strip My Mind”, “Dani California”, “Desecration Smile”, “Storm In A Teacup”, “Tell Me Baby”, and “She’s Only 18.”

3. Californication


This seems to be the most popular album by the band (at least from what I see from my peer groups). It’s no surprise though as it has yielded some of the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s best /most popular songs, “Californication”,  “Scar Tissue”, and “Otherside”. I love the vibe this album gives off. Not to mention, it’s one of my favorite album covers.

4. Blood Sugar Sex Magik


I love this album because it shifts from the harsher sounding “Suck My Kiss” to the more mellow sound of “Under the Bridge”. It’s diverse, and I believe it does a good job at capturing the true sound of the RHCP with the various songs. It touches on the emotions but also keeps the rock/funk vibe. Some other songs I like from this album are “I Could Have Lied”, “Give It Away” and “Breaking The Girl.”

5. The Uplift Mofo Party Plan 


This album brings together different sounds, from reggae, funk, and rock influences, into an album that delivers satisfying music. This was the band’s third album and was released in 1987. Some of the better songs include “Backwoods”, “Behind the Sun” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

6.  The Getaway


This is the RHCP’s newest album (2016) and an important one, being their first album since I’m With You, which didn’t succeed as well as the band would have liked. I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings about the new album; Some people love it while others prefer the band’s older music. It’s always hard for me to open up to new albums when it’s coming from a band that I’ve invested time into only with their older stuff, but after listening I decided that I really liked this album. The sound is a little different, which you could expect, but I think tracks like “Goodbye Angels”, “We Turn Red”, “Dark Necessities”, “Sick Love”, and “Feasting On The Flowers” really make the album.

7. Mother’s Milk


This album is considered the breakthrough and turning point album for the band, showing them more success than any of their previous three albums. What would you expect from an album that covers Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix though? “Knock Me Down”, “Taste The Pain”, and “Fire”(the Hendrix cover) are my favorites to listen to off this album.

8. I’m With You


This is where I start to get into the albums that I don’t enjoy as much. I’m With You isn’t a bad album, but it’s not as great as the previous ones either. I think it’s because it doesn’t have anything that stands out on it. I still enjoy “Happiness Loves Company” and “Meet Me At The Corner”, but it isn’t an album I could just shuffle and listen to.

9. One Hot Minute


Although I’ve joked about not liking this album with friends before, I don’t hate it. It’s definitely not up on my list (as you can see) but I can’t deny that there are at least a couple of songs that I enjoy on this album including the title track “One Hot Minute” and “My Friends.”

10. Freaky Styley


This is the band’s sophomore album, which explains its low ranking. The RHCP, like most other bands, had to find their sound and style and they weren’t quite there yet with this album, although I do enjoy the sounds of “If You Want Me To Stay.”

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers



The band’s self-titled and debut album ranks the lowest for me. At this time, the band was still very obviously looking for their sound (and their standing members), so it doesn’t feel as complete or iconic as the other albums. To be honest, I don’t listen to this much but I can say that this sound to me is very different than what the band is today. It was a good start and helped them gain enough fame to continue to their recording, though, so either way, it wasn’t a complete fail.


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