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The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time

Updated August 19, 2019 1.7k votes 259 voters 5.1k views36 items

List RulesThis 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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  • 1
    This Year's Model

    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksLipstick Vogue, No Action, Radio

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave, Punk rock, Power pop

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    My Aim Is True

    ArtistElvis Costello

    TracksAlison, Waiting for the End of the World, Less Than Zero

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)New Wave, Punk rock, Power pop, Pub rock

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    Armed Forces
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    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksAccidents Will Happen, Watching the Detectives (live), Busy Bodies

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)New Wave, Pop rock, Punk rock

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    Imperial Bedroom

    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksTears Before Bedtime, You Little Fool, The Loved Ones

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, New Wave, Post-punk, Baroque pop

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    Get Happy!!
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    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksBeaten to the Punch, Man Called Uncle, B Movie

    Genres (Music)Mod revival, New Wave, Punk rock, Post-punk, Blue-eyed soul

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    Trust
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    Trust

    1981

    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksClubland, Luxembourg, Different Finger

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Power pop

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  • 7
    King of America
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    Punch the Clock
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  • 9
    Blood & Chocolate

    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksNext Time Round, Tokyo Storm Warning, Battered Old Bird

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, New Wave, Post-punk

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    Spike
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    Spike

    1989

    ArtistElvis Costello

    ProducerElvis Costello, T Bone Burnett

    TracksGod’s Comic, Baby Plays Around, Any King’s Shilling

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave, Jazz, Post-punk

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    Brutal Youth
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    ArtistElvis Costello

    TracksLondon’s Brilliant Parade, Rocking Horse Road, Just About Glad

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, Punk rock, Pop punk, Power pop

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  • 12
    All This Useless Beauty

    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksShallow Grave, Why Can’t a Man Stand Alone?, Complicated Shadows

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music

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  • 13
    When I Was Cruel

    ArtistElvis Costello

    Tracks45, ...Dust, Tart

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music

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  • 14
    Wise Up Ghost

    ArtistElvis Costello, The Roots

    Tracks(She Might Be a) Grenade, Come the Meantimes, Sugar Won't Work

    Genres (Music)Funk

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  • 15
    Painted From Memory

    ArtistElvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach

    ProducerElvis Costello

    TracksThis House Is Empty Now, Such Unlikely Lovers, I Still Have That Other Girl

    LabelMercury Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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  • 16
    Almost Blue
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    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksSweet Dreams, A Good Year for the Roses, Colour of the Blues

    LabelF-Beat

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country, New Wave, Alternative country, Cowpunk

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  • 17
    Goodbye Cruel World

    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    TracksJoe Porterhouse, Home Truth, Peace in Our Time

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Power pop

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  • 18
    Momofuku
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    ArtistElvis Costello, Elvis Costello & The Imposters

    TracksStella Hurt, No Hiding Place, American Gangster Time

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Roots rock

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  • 19
    National Ransom

    ArtistElvis Costello

    TracksA Voice in the Dark, All These Strangers, Jimmie Standing in the Rain

    Genres (Music)Roots rock, Alternative country

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  • 20
    Mighty Like a Rose

    ArtistElvis Costello

    TracksBroken, Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 2 (interlude), After the Fall

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Baroque pop

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  • 21
    The Delivery Man

    ArtistElvis Costello & The Imposters

    TracksNothing Clings Like Ivy, There's a Story in Your Voice, Needle Time

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, Roots rock

  • 22
    Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

    ArtistElvis Costello

    TracksHow Deep Is the Red?, Changing Partners, I Dreamed of My Old Lover

    Genres (Music)Americana, Pop rock, Country rock, Country folk

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  • 23
    The River in Reverse

    ArtistElvis Costello, Allen Toussaint

    TracksAll These Things, Tears, Tears and More Tears

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Jazz, Soul music

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  • 24
    The Juliet Letters

    ArtistElvis Costello, Brodsky Quartet

    TracksExpert Rites, The Letter Home, The First to Leave

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Classical music

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    North
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    North

    2003

    ArtistElvis Costello

    TracksWhen It Sings, I'm in the Mood Again, Someone Took the Words Away

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Jazz

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