The Best Chicago Albums of All Time

List Rules
This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Veteran rock band Chicago is one of the best rock bands and best jazz rock bands of all time. List of the best Chicago albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Chicago discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Chicago albums can be found at the top of the list. The band hails from the city of Chicago, and has been together in various formations since 1967. Over time, the group's sound has evolved from rock to soft rock to pop. 

To make it easy for you, we haven't included Chicago singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Chicago 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 Chicago album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the Best Chicago album of all time, this list will answer your questions. It has a variety of albums in it, from Chicago II to The Chicago Transit Authority. This list of popular Chicago CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

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  • Chicago II
    1
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Classical music, Jazz, Jazz fusion
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Hard rock, Jazz fusion
  • Chicago V
    3
    • Producer: James William Guercio
    • Length (mins): 00:44:41
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Chicago VII
    4
    • Producer: James William Guercio
    • Length (mins): 01:12:34
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Jazz fusion
  • Chicago VI
    5
    • Producer: James William Guercio
    • Length (mins): 00:38:23
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Chicago III
    6
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll, Jazz fusion
  • Chicago VIII
    7
    • Length (mins): 00:39:35
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll
  • Chicago XI
    8
    • Producer: James William Guercio
    • Length (mins): 00:44:39
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Chicago X
    9
    • Producer: James William Guercio
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll
  • Chicago 17
    10
    • Producer: David Foster
    • Length (mins): 00:41:51
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Soft rock
  • Chicago 16
    11
    • Producer: David Foster
    • Length (mins): 00:41:53
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music
  • Hot Streets
    12
    • Producer: Phil Ramone
    • Length (mins): 00:41:48
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll, Jazz fusion
  • Chicago 18
    13
    • Producer: David Foster
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music
  • Chicago 19
    14
    • Length (mins): 00:44:26
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music
  • Chicago 13
    16
    • Producer: Phil Ramone
    • Length (mins): 00:47:10
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll, Disco
    • Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
    • Length (mins): 00:51:29
    • Genres (Music): Big Band
  • Chicago XIV
    18
    • Producer: Thomas J. Dowd
    • Length (mins): 00:38:35
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll
  • Now Chicago XXXVI
    19

    Now Chicago XXXVI

    2014
    • Chicago XXX
      20
      • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Rock and roll
    • Twenty 1
      21
      • Producer: Humberto Gatica
      • Length (mins): 00:52:03
      • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music
    • Chicago 25: the Christmas Album
      22

      Chicago 25: the Christmas Album

      1998
      • Live
        23

        Live

        • Length (mins): 00:58:45
        • Genres (Music): Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Christmas music