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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.


  • John Prine
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    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
    • Length (mins): 00:44:35
    • Label: Atlantic Records
    • Genres (Music): Folk music
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  • Bruised Orange
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    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
    • Length (mins): 00:32:48
    • Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country
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  • 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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  • The Missing Years
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    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
    • Length (mins): 00:54:32
    • Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Alternative country
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