Weezer Albums Ranked

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).
After signing to Geffen Records in 1993, Weezer released its self-titled debut album, also known as the Blue Album, in 1994. Backed by music videos for the singles “Buddy Holly”, “Undone – The Sweater Song”, and “Say It Ain’t So”, the Blue Album became a multiplatinum success. Weezer’s second album, Pinkerton (1996), featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but achieved cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left the band, and Weezer went on hiatus.
In 2008, Weezer released the Red Album, featuring “TR-808s, synths, Southern rap, and baroque counterpoint”.  Its lead single, “Pork and Beans”, became the third Weezer song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, backed by a Grammy-winning YouTube music video. Raditude (2009) and Hurley (2010) featured more “modern pop production” and songs co-written with other artists, achieved further mixed reviews and moderate sales. The band’s ninth and tenth albums, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (2014) and the White Album (2016), returned to a rock style and achieved more positive reviews. Their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream (2017), featured a more mainstream pop sound. In 2019, Weezer released an album of covers, the Teal Album, followed by the Black Album. Weezer has sold 10.2 million albums in the US and over 35 million worldwide. Here are all of Weezer’s albums ranked.

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8. Weezer (Teal Album) (2019)

“After hearing Weezer’s versions of Africa, Rosanna, Paranoid Android, and Brain Stew I thought it would be a great idea for them to do a cover album. I was so excited when I saw this! I wish that the other covers mentioned would’ve been included because I think they’re better than some of the one’s done. Rivers’ voice has such a unique quality that I love! The only reason that I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it feels a little rushed. A perfect album would have each song thoughtfully made into a Weezer version. I’m especially disappointed in Everybody Wants to Rule the World. It’s such an amazing song but they didn’t do it justice. I know that they COULD have but they didn’t. Also, Scrubs is hilarious, I’m so glad that one is in there!! I enjoyed Stand By Me, Take on Me, and Sweet Dreams the most. Thank you Weezer!!”

7. Weezer (Red Album) (2008)

“In many ways, this album represents Weezer coming full circle. It probably more similar to their first LP (the blue one) than any one released since. But the band doesn’t rehash that territory in a vacuum. Weezer takes some of the best aspects of the bands they’ve influenced and integrates them into their work. Perhaps more importantly, they take some of the sillier and worse aspects of modern emo and turn it into something that lives between parody and brilliance. If you don’t laugh when you first hear Troublemaker, you’re listening wrong (I’m teasing); after a listen or three, this song will start to blow you away. So, if you hear a song that sounds like another band, even a band you’re not fond of, take a step back and listen to Weezer’s take on the past 14 years.”

6. Weezer (Green Album) (2001)

“This CD is a great musical enema for anyone who has forgotten the guilty joys of catchy, hook-laden, sub-three minute power-pop tunes. The whole thing is like one long 28-minute hook that won’t quit. As for the brevity of this collection (10 songs in 28 minutes)..hey, it lets you get back to the first song faster so you can hear the whole thing over again….definitely not a bad thing. Just when you think things may be about to slow down (the intro’s to “Simple Pages” and “Glorious Days” sound a bit soft at first) off they zoom again into the stratosphere. Turn up the volume on this thing, and if anyone complains (your wife, girlfriend, sister, or neighbors) just turn it up louder…to 11. Is there any new musical ground broken here?..no, but it’s still a pleasure to hear that thick, clean guitar sound that is so absent from today’s radio. My only complaint is that it would have been nice to hear Rivers stretch out a bit more on some of the solos. This goes to the top of my list for album of the year, with the Old 97’s “Satellite Rides” a close second….another hook-heavy power pop CD that doesn’t quit from one song to the next. As for Weezer…..get Green!”

5. Maladroit (2002)

“Probably their most over-looked record in the Weezer canon. There are some hidden gems on here that don’t get talked about when Weezer is discussed: The opener American Gigolo starts things off nicely, Take Control is my favorite track on the album,Slob and Burndt Jam are back-back gems, and the second half highlights include Slave and Possibilities.”

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4. Everything Will Be Alright in the End (2014)

“In this day and age of mp3 singles ruling music sales, this album is just that – a true album meant to be listened to front to back where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I have taken to calling it the Reconciliation Album because that theme runs throughout. It could also be called the Celebration Album, because Weezer has come to the point of realizing what is really important in life, and we all better get on with living it because time waits for no one. This album has been called a throwback, and it is, but it also looks forward with optimism and hope. For all the 30 and 40-somethings like me who engaged with Weezer back in ’94, this is our kiss and make-up record. Critics who dissect this effort song by song are just missing the point. A little older, a whole lot wiser, but still young enough to kick up some dust. Thanks, Weezer, for plastering that silly nerd grin back on my face!”

3. Weezer (White Album) (2016)

2. Weezer (Blue Album) (1994)

You did it! Thank you. Weezer is back on my repeat-repeat-repeat-repeat playlist. Great summer album, great driving album, great singing-along album. I find it strange that the “hit singles” are not among my favorites from this album, so I encourage anyone that was not 100% impressed with what was most popular to explore the full album. I look forward to seeing Weezer in concert this summer. Also… if you are a runner that enjoys alternative rock playlists, this album was MADE for you. Every song is great, I love running with this album from start-to-finish, get my 3+ miles in with a great intro track and a solid push-through-it finish. This is the first time I found an entire album that I enjoy running to without skipping through a couple of songs.”

1.Pinkerton (1996)

“Pinkerton brims with catchy pop hooks and melodies, yet manages to go beneath the surface of the band’s power pop façade and expose all the feelings and desires of a self-isolated nerd/rockstar. Personally, I love this album. Even though it is still pretty radio friendly and poppy, it somehow manages to be brutally honest and hard to forget. It does require more than one listen to fully appreciate, and if you’re new to Weezer and expecting another Blue album from this, you’ll be disappointed. Underneath it all is a great album waiting to be discovered.”