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Ben Harper is widely considered one of the best alternative rock artists in the world, but his musical style extends far beyond that label. Since he's such an influential artist, let’s rank the best Ben Harper albums, with the help of your votes. Ben Harper was known mostly as a jam band artist with early albums like Welcome to the Cruel World (1994) and Fight for Your Mind (1995), it wasn't until The Will to Live (1997) that he became an underground alt.-rock icon.

This Ben Harper discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Ben Harper albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Ben Harper singles, EPs, or compilations from this talented Southern California native. If you think the greatest Ben Harper album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Ben Harper album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

This is a list that includes classic Ben Harper albums like Diamonds on the Inside (2003) and Fight for Your Mind (1995) as well as collaborations with Charlie Musselwaite, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and even Ben's own mom. This list of popular Ben Harper CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

Fight for Your Mind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ben Harper Albums of All Time
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Fight for Your Mind


1. Oppression
2. Ground on Down
3. Another Lonely Day
4. Please Me Like You Want To
5. Gold to Me
6. Burn One Down
7. Excuse Me Mr.
8. People Lead
9. Fight for Your Mind
10. Give a Man a Home
11. By My Side
12. Power of the Gospel
13. God Fearing Man
14. One Road to Freedom

Release Date: 1995

Artist: Ben Harper

Tracks: By My Side, Burn One Down, By My Side, God Fearing Man, Another Lonely Day, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock

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Diamonds on the Inside is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ben Harper Albums of All Time
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1. Touch from Your Lust
2. When She Believes
3. Brown Eyed Blues
4. Bring the Funk
5. Everything
6. Amen Omen
7. Temporary Remedy
8. So High So Low
9. Blessed to Be a Witness
10. Picture of Jesus
11. She's Only Happy in the Sun
12. With My Own Two Hands
13. When It's Good
14. Diamonds On The Inside

Release Date: 2003

Artist: Ben Harper

Tracks: When She Believes, With My Own Two Hands, She's Only Happy in the Sun, So High So Low, Everything, + more

Length (mins): 01:01:30

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, Jam band, + more

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Welcome to the Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ben Harper Albums of All Time
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1. The Three of Us
2. Whipping Boy
3. Breakin' Down
4. Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave
5. Waiting on an Angel
6. Mama's Got a Girlfriend Now
7. Forever
8. Like a King
9. Pleasure and Pain
10. Walk Away
11. How Many Miles Must We March
12. Welcome to the Cruel World
13. I'll Rise

Release Date: 1994

Artist: Ben Harper

Tracks: How Many Miles Must We March, Forever, Breakin’ Down, Don’t Take That Attitude to Your Grave, Walk Away, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Folk rock, Folk music, Blues

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The Will to Live is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ben Harper Albums of All Time
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The Will to Live


1. Faded
2. Homeless Child
3. Number Three
4. Roses from My Friends
5. Jah Work
6. I Want to Be Ready
7. The Will to Live
8. Ashes
9. Widow of a Living Man
10. Glory & Consequence
11. Mama's Trippin'
12. I Shall Not Walk Alone

Release Date: 1997

Artist: Ben Harper

Tracks: Roses From My Friends, Faded, Mama's Trippin', The Will to Live, Glory & Consequence, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock

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