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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.

Not only is Elvis Costello known as one of the best singer/songwriters, he's also considered one of the best musical artists of the 70s. This list of the best Elvis Costello albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Elvis Costello discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Elvis Costello albums can be found at the top of the list. Costello emerged from the pub rock movement of the early '70s, later evolving into his own unique, geeky version of New Wave. The Attractions were his longtime backup band. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Elvis Costello singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Elvis Costello album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Elvis Costello album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best Elvis Costello album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from My Aim Is True (1977) to This Year's Model (1978) to Spike (1989). These popular Elvis Costello CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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This Year's Model is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Armed Forces is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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My Aim Is True is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Imperial Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Get Happy!! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Trust is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Trust 1981

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King of America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Trust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Trust 1981

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Brutal Youth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Blood & Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Punch the Clock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Spike 1989

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All This Useless Beauty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Mighty Like a Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Painted From Memory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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When I Was Cruel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Momofuku is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Momofuku 2008

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The Juliet Letters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Almost Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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North is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
North 2003

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Cruel Smile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Kojak Variety is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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The River in Reverse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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The Delivery Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Wise Up Ghost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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National Ransom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Piano Jazz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Piano Jazz 2005

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For the Stars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
For the Stars 2001

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Goodbye Cruel World is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Il Sogno is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Il Sogno 2004

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The Sweetest Punch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Jake's progress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
Jake's progress 1969

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An Overview Disc is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Words and Music is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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Original Music From The Channe... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

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The Elvis Costello Hour is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time