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The Best Dire Straits Albums of All Time 

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Dire Straits are considered one of the best rock bands of all time. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Dire Straits albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in London in 1977 by lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler along with his brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers, Dire Straits became one of the world’s best-selling artists ever, with sales over 100 million (even though they only released six studio albums). Of course, every one of those albums went multi-platinum, highlighted by Brothers in Arms (1985), which went No. 1 in over 10 countries with 8 singles (including “Money for Nothing”), selling 9 million copies in America alone.

This Dire Straits discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Dire Straits albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Dire Straits singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Dire Straits album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

This list of popular Dire Straits CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Dire Straits album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

Making Movies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dire Straits Albums of All Time
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1. Tunnel of Love
2. Romeo and Juliet
3. Skateaway
4. Expresso Love
5. Hand in Hand
6. Solid Rock
7. Les Boys

Release Date: 1980

Genres (Music): Rock music, Roots rock

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Brothers in Arms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dire Straits Albums of All Time
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1. So Far Away
2. Money for Nothing
3. Walk of Life
4. Your Latest Trick
5. Why Worry
6. Ride Across the River
7. The Man's Too Strong
8. One World
9. Brothers in Arms

Release Date: 1985

Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, New Wave, Roots rock

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dire Straits Albums of All Time
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1. Down to the Waterline
2. Water of Love
3. Setting Me Up
4. Six Blade Knife
5. Southbound Again
6. Sultans of Swing
7. In the Gallery
8. Wild West End
9. Lions

Release Date: 1978

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Rockabilly, Roots rock, Country rock, + more

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Love Over Gold is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dire Straits Albums of All Time
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1. Telegraph Road
2. Private Investigations
3. Industrial Disease
4. Love Over Gold
5. It Never Rains

Release Date: 1982

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion, Roots rock

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