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The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time 

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Updated July 4, 2020 2.3k votes 459 voters 21.6k views

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

The man, the myth, the legend. Those are the only words to describe Johnny Cash, one of the best country music singers of all time and one of the greats of outlaw country music. Throughout his long and prolific career, Johnny Cash released an array of music, across numerous hit albums. This list features all of the best Johnny Cash albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Johnny Cash discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Johnny Cash albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Johnny Cash singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Johnny Cash 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 Johnny Cash album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Johnny Cash album of all time?" or "What are the top Johnny Cash albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List ranges from The Complete Columbia Album Collection to American Recordings and more.This list of popular Johnny Cash albums 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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American IV: The Man Com... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (2002); Tracks: Tear Stained Letter, In My Life & We’ll Meet Again

Genres (Music): Country, Americana

2
American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1994); Tracks: Why Me Lord, The Man Who Couldn’t Cry & Thirteen

Genres (Music): Country, Americana, Folk rock, Country folk

3
Unchained is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1996); Tracks: Country Boy, The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea & Spiritual

Length (mins): 00:43:40

Genres (Music): Country, Americana, Country rock

4
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1970); Tracks: Southwind, Wrinkled & Crinkled

Genres (Music): Country

5
Johnny Cash With His Hot... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1957); Tracks: I Heard That Lonesome Whistle, Country Boy & If the Good Lord's Willing

Genres (Music): Country, Rockabilly

6
Man in Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1971); Tracks: If Not for Love, Ned Kelly & The Preacher Said

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

7
Orange Blossom Special ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1965); Tracks: Wildwood Flower, Don’t Think Twice & It's Alright

Genres (Music): Country, Folk music, Gospel music

8
American III: Solitary M... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (2000); Tracks: The Mercy Seat, Solitary Man & Field of Diamonds

Length (mins): 00:42:18

Genres (Music): Country, Americana

9
I Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1964); Tracks: Goodbye Little Darlin’ Goodbye, Big River & Hey Porter

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

10
The Fabulous Johnny Cash... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1958); Tracks: Shepherd of My Heart, That’s Enough & The Troubador

Genres (Music): Country

11
American V: A Hundred Hi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (2006); Tracks: God's Gonna Cut You Down, I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now & A Legend in My Time

Genres (Music): Country, Americana

12
Sings the Songs That Mad... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1958); Tracks: Ballad of a Teenage Queen, I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You) & Home of the Blues

Genres (Music): Country

13
Bitter Tears: Ballads of... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
14
Ragged Old Flag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1974); Tracks: All I Do Is Drive, Don’t Go Near the Water & Lonesome to the Bone

Length (mins): 00:29:45

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

15
The Complete Columbia Al... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
16
Blood, Sweat and Tears ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1963); Tracks: Roughneck, Casey Jones & Another Man Done Gone

Length (mins): 00:30:08

Genres (Music): Country

17
Songs of Our Soil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1959); Tracks: The Caretaker, Don't Step on Mother's Roses & Old Apache Squaw

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

18
John R. Cash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1975); Tracks: Lonesome to the Bone, Clean Your Own Tables & The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

19
Silver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1979); Tracks: Lonesome to the Bone, I’m Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar & I'll Say It’s True

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

20
Out Among the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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Now, There Was a Song! ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1960); Tracks: Time Changes Everything, Transfusion Blues & Honky‐tonk Girl

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country

22
The Sound of Johnny Cash... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1962); Tracks: You Remembered Me, I’m Free From the Chain Gang Now & I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know

Genres (Music): Country

23
American VI: Ain't No Gr... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (2010); Tracks: For the Good Times, I Don't Hurt Anymore & I Corinthians 15:55

Genres (Music): Country, Americana

24
Hymns by Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1959); Tracks: God Will, He’ll Be a Friend & I Call Him

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Country, Gospel music

25
Rockabilly Blues is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
By Johnny Cash (1980); Tracks: Rockabilly Blues (Texas 1955), The Cowboy Who Started the Fight & Cold Lonesome Morning

Length (mins): 00:33:29

Genres (Music): Country, Rockabilly