4. Bruce Springsteen - 'The River'
It's pretty amazing that The River is the only double album in the Bruce Springsteen catalog. The songwriter often writes way more songs than a single album can hold. He wrote over 60 songs for 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, cutting off classics like "Because the Night" and "Fire." He originally gave Columbia a record in 1979 called The Ties That Bind, but later called it back so he could continue recording. He wanted to balance out somber tracks like "Drive All Night" and "The River" with party songs like "Ramrod" and "Crush on You."
The result is an extremely solid double album, though Steve Van Zandt will tell you the Boss still cut many of the best songs. Check out the Tracks box set to hear River outtakes like "Restless Nights" and "Loose Ends." Maybe it should have been a triple album.