Weezer Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)
Weezer were formed on February 14th 1992 in Santa Monica, California, USA. Their first show was as the closing act for Keanu Reeves’ band Dogstar. They were signed to Geffen Records in June 1993 and released their first album (The Blue Album) in May 1994. The second single from that album (Buddy Holly) was a regular request video on MTV and won 4 MTV Video awards including Best Alternative Music Video, Breakthrough Video and 2 Billboard Music Video Awards.
Best Weezer Albums Of All Time
Weezer have released 15 albums so far all of which have at least some great tracks. But which albums should you play often which should only get aired once in a while? We look back over their back catalogue and rank them from best to the rest in reverse order.
15. The Teal Album (2019)
As an album of covers, the Teal album is pretty good, but they’re performed by Weezer and there’s nothing original from the boys on this album. Which is why we’ve placed it on the bottom of the pile. It all apparently started when a fan campaign on the net started to get Weezer to cover “Africa” by Toto. So The band released it as a joke and it went to number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Which led Rivers Cuomo to scan Data from Spotify to come up with enough covers for an album.
14. Make Believe (2005)
In all honesty, “Make Believe” couldn’t be called terrible by any stretch of the imagination, But it’s not their best work so it has to feature quite low in the rankings. It features the singles “Beverly Hills” and “Perfect Situation” both of which made number one on the US Modern Rock charts along with 2 other singles; “We Are All On Drugs” and “This Is Such A Pity” . This album was considered by many to be the point in which Weezer started to lose some of their better ideas.
13. Raditude (2009)
The best we can say about this album is the great art-work on the cover with the dog in mid flight. Plus the track “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” which, in our opinion, has it all. To be fair, Raditude debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 7, but it’s not Weezer’s top work by far.
12. Hurley (2010)
Like all Weezer albums, this one is a case of the good, the bad and the ugly. The saving grace of this album for us (apart from the cover featuring “Hurley”) is the track “Ruling me”. Most of the rest we can take or leave. That’s the trouble with a band that set the bar so high, it’s hard to be consistently brilliant.
11. The Black Album (2019)
With a similar formula to other, preceding Weezer albums, The Black Album has little to stand out apart from “Zombie Bastards”. It lacks the guitar sound of their earlier works which was one of the bands main hooks (we would say that though eh?). All we’re saying is we can’t imagine too many people remembering the Black Album 20 years from now. They might remember the track “California Snow” as it was used on the soundtrack to the movie “Spell”.
10. Pacific Daydream (2017)
Typical Weezer tracks, nothing special in the grand scheme of things but, like most Weezer albums, some stand alone classics, “Mexican Fender” for one, but many of the other tracks you could be forgiven for forgetting a few years from now. As we said earlier when a band sets the bar so high early on, it’s hard to keep producing exceptional quality.
9. The Red Album (2008)
There are a few Weezer classics on this one, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”, “Pork And Beans”, and “Troublemaker” all make this one of their better albums. It reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 21 on the UK album charts.
8. Everything Will Be Alright In The End (2014)
The album that brought Weezer back from the edge, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” has it all. The original Weezer sound and newly unchartered waters, we’re referring here to “The Futurescope Trilogy” which clearly has plenty of rock influences. Their 9th studio album moves away from the electronic pop of their 2 previous albums (“Hurley” and “Raditude”) and back to early Weezer sounding tunes.
7. Maladroit (2002)
An interesting concept for an album this one, the album was put together with the help of suggestions made by fans via online message boards. On the whole the album is one we could listen to back to back all day long. Who could resist “Keep Fishing” featuring the Muppets. This album definitely deserved far more credit than it actually received.
6. OK Human (2021)
Recorded with all analogue equipment and a 38 piece orchestra, “OK Human” is about as far removed from the electronic pop sound of “Hurley” and “ Raditude” as ice from the sun. However, for Weezer it’s incredibly pop-like, with many of the tracks sounding like a cross between the Beatles and The Beach Boys.
5. The Green Album (2001)
This was the band’s answer to the undeserved criticism for “Pinkerton” and what they produced was one of the best ever comeback albums. It has everything a Weezer fan could ask for, chugging guitar, high vocals and a sideways look at the world.
4. Van Weezer (2021)
Van Weezer is a harder sounding album than any of the other offerings from Weezer since their early days. It sounds like the Weezer we all fell for back in those far off 1990s when they were a refreshingly good sounding band. If this is the standard for the 20s, then keep it up lads.
3. The White Album (2016)
The White Album harped back to the good old days of the young Weezer. With great guitar solos and vocals that pay tribute to the Beach Boys this is a great album for Weezer fans new and old.
2. Pinkerton (1996)
Named after the character from Madame Butterfly, PK Pinkerton who marries a Japanese woman called “Butterfly” and then abandons her. Rivers Cuomo called the character an “asshole American sailor similar to a touring rock star”. This album received plenty of unwarranted criticism when it was first released, but later found an almost cult following.
1. The Blue Album (1994)
The first and the best, this was the band’s debut album and it showcases the quality of material that we would miss in later years, only to return with their up to date albums. It contained 3 singles; “Undone-The Sweater Song”, “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So”. All of which became MTV hit videos with the video to “Buddy Holly” being staged like an episode of “Happy Days”. The Blue Album is a crash course in how to make a debut album.
All Weezer Albums In Chronological Order
|Weezer (Blue Album)||1994|
|Weezer (Green Album)||2001|
|Weezer (Red Album)||2008|
|Everything WIll Be Alright In The End||2014|
|Weezer (White Album)||2016|
|Weezer (Teal Album)||2019|
|Weezer (Black Album)||2019|
Frequently Asked Questions
The best selling Weezer album is The Green Album with more than 3,635,000 copies sold worldwide.
The newest Weezer album is Van Weezer (2021) with 10 tracks that harp back to the heavier days of the music industry.
The first Weezer album was “Weezer” often called the “Blue Album”, it was released in 1994 and reached number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 23 on the UK charts.
Weezer’s most famous song is “Say It Ain’t So” which was featured on their debut album and released in July 1995.
Weezer were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1992. They signed with Geffen Records in 1993 and released their debut album in 1994.
Weezer have been described as Alternative rock, pop rock, power pop, pop punk, emo and geek rock.
The current members of Weezer are; Rivers Cuomo, Scott Shriner, Patrick Wilson and Brian Bell. Former members include; Mikey Welsh, Jason Cropper and Matt Sharp.