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The Best Elvis Costello 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.

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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Imperial Bedroom is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Armed Forces is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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My Aim Is True is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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King of America is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Get Happy!! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Trust is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
1981
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Blood & Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Spike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
1989
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Brutal Youth 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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All This Useless Beauty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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When I Was Cruel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Momofuku is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
2008
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Wise Up Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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The Delivery Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Painted From Memory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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The River in Reverse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Mighty Like a Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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The Juliet Letters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Almost Blue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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North is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
2003
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Cruel Smile is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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National Ransom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time
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Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Elvis Costello Albums of All Time