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The Best Chicago Albums of All Time  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1970
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Chicago Transit Authority is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1972
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Chicago VII is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago VI is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1973
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Chicago III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago VIII is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1976
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Chicago XI is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1977
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Chicago 17 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1984
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Chicago 16 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1982
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Now Chicago XXXVI is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago 18 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1986
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Hot Streets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyph... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Night and Day: Big-Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago 13 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1979
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Chicago 19 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1988
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Chicago XIV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Twenty 1 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
1991
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Chicago XXX is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Chicago 25: the Christmas Albu... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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Live is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
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O Christmas Three is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
O Christmas Three 2011
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The Nashville Sessions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chicago Albums of All Time
The Nashville Sessions 1999