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The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 505 votes 147 voters 7.1k views

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

One of the best folk artists of all time, Joan Baez is also considered one of the best singer/songwriters of all time. Since she's such an influential artist, let’s rank the best Joan Baez albums, with the help of your votes. Starting out in Boston, Baez gained notoriety at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, and releasing her debut album, Joan Baez (1960) a year later. In 1965, she began to broaden her lone acoustic guitar, she employed other instruments, starting with Farewell, Angelina (1965).

This Joan Baez discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Joan Baez albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Joan Baez singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Joan Baez album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Joan Baez album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

This list contains albums like Speaking of Dreams (1989) and Diamonds & Rust (1975). This list of popular Joan Baez CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

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Diamonds & Rust is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1975); Tracks: Blue Sky, Dida & Winds of the Old Days

Producer: Joan Baez, David Kershenbaum, Bernard Gelb

Length (mins): 00:41:47

Genres (Music): Folk rock, Folk music, Folk jazz

2
Any Day Now is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1968); Tracks: I Shall Be Released, Walkin' Down the Line & Walkin' Down the Line

Producer: Jack Lothrop, Maynard Solomon

Length (mins): 01:08:42

Genres (Music): Folk music

3
Farewell, Angelina is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1965); Tracks: Sagt Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind, The Wild Mountain Thyme & The River in the Pines

Producer: Maynard Solomon

Length (mins): 00:42:31

Genres (Music): Folk music

4
Blessed Are... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1971); Tracks: Lincoln Freed Me Today (The Slave), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down & San Francisco Mabel Joy

Producer: Maynard Solomon, Norbert Putnam

Genres (Music): Folk music

5
Come From the Shadows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1972); Tracks: Myths, Weary Mothers (People Union 1) & Song of Bangladesh

Producer: Joan Baez, Maynard Solomon, Norbert Putnam

Genres (Music): Folk music

6
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1960); Tracks: Silver Dagger, John Riley & Henry Martin

Producer: Maynard Solomon

Length (mins): 00:45:34

Genres (Music): Folk music

7
The Best of Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
8
Gracias a la Vida is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1974); Tracks: Paso río (I Pass a River), Guantanamera & El preso número nueve (Prisoner Number Nine)

Producer: Joan Baez, Henry Lewy

Length (mins): 00:43:18

Genres (Music): Folk music, Latin American music

9
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1970); Tracks: Long Black Veil, Jolie Blonde & I Live One Day at a Time (feat. Jeffrey Shurtleff)

Producer: Jack Lothrop, Maynard Solomon

Genres (Music): Country, Folk music

10
Gone From Danger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1997); Tracks: Mercy Bound, If I Wrote You & No Mermaid

Producer: Wally wilson

Length (mins): 00:43:07

Genres (Music): Folk music

11
Speaking of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1989); Tracks: Carrickfergus, Hand to Mouth & Rambler Gambler / Whispering Bells

Producer: Paul Simon, Alan Abrahams

Genres (Music): Folk music

12
Play Me Backwards is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1992); Tracks: Amsterdam, Steal Across the Border & Strange Rivers

Producer: Wally wilson

Length (mins): 00:36:36

Genres (Music): Folk music

13
Baptism: A Journey Throu... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
14
Joan Baez/5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1964); Tracks: I Still Miss Someone, Birmingham Sunday & So We'll Go No More A-Roving

Producer: Maynard Solomon

Genres (Music): Folk music

15
Honest Lullaby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1979); Tracks: Let Your Love Flow, For Sasha & Light a Light

Producer: Barry Beckett

Genres (Music): Folk music

16
Noel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1966); Tracks: Angels We Have Heard on High (instrumental), Adeste Fidelis (instrumental) & Away in a Manger

Producer: Maynard Solomon

Length (mins): 00:39:18

Genres (Music): Christmas music, Folk music

17
Gulf Winds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1976); Tracks: Kingdom of Childhood, O Brother! & O Brother!

Producer: David Kershenbaum, Bernard Gelb

Genres (Music): Folk music

18
Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (2008); Tracks: Jericho Road, The Lower Road & Mary

Genres (Music): Folk music

19
Dark Chords on a Big Gui... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (2003); Tracks: Wings, King's Highway & Sleeper

Genres (Music): Folk music

20
Recently is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1987); Tracks: MLK, Let Us Break Bread Together / Freedom & Biko

Producer: Alan Abrahams

Genres (Music): Folk music

21
Sacco E Vanzetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
22
Carry It On is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
23
Joan Baez in San Francis... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
24
Where Are You Now, My So... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1973); Tracks: Less Than the Song, A Young Gypsy & Windrose

Producer: Joan Baez, Norbert Putnam, Henry Lewy

Genres (Music): Folk music

25
David's Album is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Joan Baez Albums of All Time
By Joan Baez (1969); Tracks: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Poor Wayfaring Stranger & Rock Salt and Nails

Producer: Jack Lothrop, Maynard Solomon

Genres (Music): Country, Folk music