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The Best John Prine Albums of All Time

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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.


  • The Tree of Forgiveness
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    1. Knockin' on Your Screen Door 
    2. I Have Met My Love Today
    3. Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)
    4. Summer's End
    5. Caravan of Fools
    6. Lonesome Friends of Science
    7. No Ordinary Blue
    8. Boundless Love
    9. God Only Knows
    10. When I Get to Heaven

    • Release Date: 2018
    • Tracks: 1. Knocking on Your Screen Door 2. I Have Met My Love Today
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  • Fair & Square
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    1. Glory of True Love
    2. Crazy as a Loon
    3. Long Monday
    4. Taking a Walk
    5. Some Humans Ain't Human
    6. My Darlin' Hometown
    7. Morning Train
    8. The Moon Is Down
    9. Clay Pigeons
    10. She Is My Everything
    11. I Hate It When That Happens to Me
    12. Bear Creek Blues
    13. Other Side of Town
    14. Safety Joe

    • Release Date: 2005
    • Artist: John Prine
    • Tracks: Long Monday, Bear Creek Blues, She Is My Everything
    • Length (mins): 01:02:16
    • Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country
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  • Diamonds in the Rough
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    1. Everybody
    2. The Torch Singer
    3. Souvenirs
    4. The Late John Garfield Blues
    5. Sour Grapes
    6. Billy the Bum
    7. The Frying Pan
    8. Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You
    9. Take the Star Out of the Window
    10. The Great Compromise
    11. Clocks and Spoons
    12. Rocky Mountain Time
    13. Diamonds in the Rough

    • Release Date: 1972
    • Artist: John Prine
    • Tracks: Souvenirs, Billy the Bum, Rocky Mountain Time
    • Length (mins): 00:38:45
    • Label: Atlantic Records
    • Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country
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  • Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings
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    1. New Train
    2. Ain't Hurtin' Nobody
    3. ll the Way With You
    4. We Are the Lonely
    5. Lake Marie
    6. Humidity Built the Snowman
    7. Day Is Done
    8. Quit Hollerin' at Me
    9. Big Fat Love
    10. Same Thing Happened to Me
    11. This Love Is Real
    12. Leave the Lights On
    13. He Forgot That It Was Sunday
    "I Love You So Much It Hurts

    • Release Date: 1995
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