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The Best Father John Misty Albums, Ranked

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We're ranking the best Father John Misty albums of all time. One of the top indie folk artists ever, the discography of Father John Misty, the alter ego of performer Josh Tillman, has produced popular independent music tracks like "Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)" and "Mr. Tillman." After releasing eight albums under his given name (as J. Tillman), he took up the mantle of Father John Misty in 2012 and has achieved top 10 success on the U.S. charts.

Though the Father John Misty debut album Fear Fun peaked at No. 123 in the U.S., his 2015 release, I Love You, Honeybear, jumped all the way up to No. 17 before Pure Comedy finally reached No. 10 in 2017. His most recent release was God's Favorite Customer in 2018. Vote up the best Father John Misty albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

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  • I Love You, Honeybear is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Father John Misty Albums, Ranked
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    1. I Love You, Honeybear
    2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
    3. True Affection
    4. The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
    5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
    6. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
    7. Strange Encounter
    8. The Ideal Husband
    9. Bored in the USA
    10. Holy Sh*t
    11. I Went to the Store One Day

    Pitchfork score: 8.8

    • Release Date: 2015
    22
    5
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  • Pure Comedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Father John Misty Albums, Ranked
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    1. Pure Comedy
    2. Total Entertainment Forever
    3. Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
    4. Ballad of the Dying Man
    5. Birdie
    6. Leaving LA
    7. A Bigger Paper Bag
    8. When the God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay
    9. Smoochie
    10. Two Wildly Different Perspectives
    11. The Memo
    12. So I'm Growing Old on Magic Mountain
    13. In Twenty Years or So

    Pitchfork score: 7.6

    • Release Date: 2017
    19
    4
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  • Fear Fun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Father John Misty Albums, Ranked
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    1. Funtimes in Babylon
    2. Nancy from Now On
    3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
    4. I'm Writing a Novel
    5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
    6. Misty's Nightmares 1 & 2
    7. Only Son of the Ladiesman
    8. This Is Sally Hatchet
    9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
    10. Now I'm Learning to Love the War
    11. Tee Pees 1–12
    12. Everyman Needs a Companion

    Pitchfork score: 7.3

    • Release Date: 2012
    19
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  • God's Favorite Customer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Father John Misty Albums, Ranked
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    1. Hangout at the Gallows (or "You've the Answer") 
    2. Mr. Tillman (or "Bowery")
    3. Just Dumb Enough to Try
    4. Date Night
    5. Please Don't Die
    6. The Palace (or "I Love You But No, You're Not") 
    7. Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
    8. God's Favorite Customer
    9. The Songwriter
    10. We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)

    Pitchfork score: 8.5

    • Release Date: 2018
    15
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