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List of the best John Prine albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This John Prine discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top John Prine albums can be found at the top of the list. In 1998, Prine beat a serious battle with squamous cell cancer - his illness altered his voice permanently. The resulting gravelly sounding timbre marked a new chapter in his work, resulting in Fair & Square (2005) – his second Grammy award-winning album (his first being 1991, The Missing Years).

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included John Prine singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest John Prine 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 John Prine album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best John Prine album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Sweet Revenge (1973) to Storm Windows (1980) to The Tree of Forgiveness (2018). These popular John Prine CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion.

 

John Prine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Prine Albums of All Time
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John Prine


1. Illegal Smile
2. Spanish Pipedream
3. Hello in There
4. Sam Stone
5. Paradise
6. Pretty Good
7. Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
8. Far from Me
9. Angel from Montgomery
10. Quiet Man
11. Donald and Lydia
12. Six O'Clock News
13. Flashback Blues

Release Date: 1971

Artist: John Prine

Tracks: Six O'Clock News, Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore, Spanish Pipedream, Hello in There, Quiet Man, + more

Length (mins): 00:44:35

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Folk music

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Sweet Revenge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Prine Albums of All Time
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Sweet Revenge


1. Sweet Revenge
2. Please Don't Bury Me
3. Christmas in Prison
4. Dear Abby
5. Blue Umbrella
6. Often is a Word I Seldom Use
7. Onomatopoeia
8. Grandpa Was a Carpenter
9. The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)
10. Mexican Home
11. A Good Time
12. Nine Pound Hammer

Release Date: 1973

Artist: John Prine

Tracks: The Accident (Things Could Be Worse), Onomatopoeia, Nine Pound Hammer, Sweet Revenge, Often Is a Word I Seldom Use, + more

Length (mins): 00:38:43

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country

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Bruised Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Prine Albums of All Time
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Bruised Orange


1. Fish and Whistle
2. There She Goes
3. If You Don't Want My Love
4. That's the Way That the World Goes 'Round
5. Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
6. Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone
7. Aw Heck
8. Crooked Piece of Time
9. Iron Ore Betty
10. The Hobo Song

Release Date: 1978

Artist: John Prine

Tracks: That's the Way the World Goes 'Round, Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow), Iron Ore Betty, Fish and Whistle, Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone, + more

Length (mins): 00:32:48

Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country

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The Missing Years is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Prine Albums of All Time
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The Missing Years


1. Picture Show
2. All the Best
3. The Sins of Memphisto
4. Everybody Wants to Feel Like You
5. It's a Big Old Goofy World
6. I Want to Be With You Always
7. Daddy's Little Pumpkin
8. Take a Look at My Heart
9. Great Rain
10. Way Back Then
11. Unlonely
12. You Got Gold
13. Everything Is Cool
14. Jesus the Missing Years

Release Date: 1991

Artist: John Prine

Tracks: Take a Look at My Heart, All the Best, Everybody Wants to Feel Like You, Jesus the Missing Years, The Sins of Memphisto, + more

Length (mins): 00:54:32

Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country

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