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The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 2.3k votes 482 voters 22.5k views

List RulesThis 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 Comes Aro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksTear Stained Letter, In My Life, We’ll Meet Again

    Genres (Music)Country, Americana

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    American Recordings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksWhy Me Lord, The Man Who Couldn’t Cry, Thirteen

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

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    Hello, I'm Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksSouthwind, Wrinkled, Crinkled

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Johnny Cash With His Hot and B is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksI Heard That Lonesome Whistle, Country Boy, If the Good Lord's Willing

    Genres (Music)Country, Rockabilly

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    Orange Blossom Special is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksWildwood Flower, Don’t Think Twice, It's Alright

    Genres (Music)Country, Folk music, Gospel music

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    Man in Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksIf Not for Love, Ned Kelly, The Preacher Said

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Unchained is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksCountry Boy, The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea, Spiritual

    Length (mins)00:43:40

    Genres (Music)Country, Americana, Country rock

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    American III: Solitary Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksThe Mercy Seat, Solitary Man, Field of Diamonds

    Length (mins)00:42:18

    Genres (Music)Country, Americana

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    American V: A Hundred Highways is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksGod's Gonna Cut You Down, I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now, A Legend in My Time

    Genres (Music)Country, Americana

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    I Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksGoodbye Little Darlin’ Goodbye, Big River, Hey Porter

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Bitter Tears: Ballads of the A is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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    The Fabulous Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksShepherd of My Heart, That’s Enough, The Troubador

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Sings the Songs That Made Him  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksBallad of a Teenage Queen, I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You), Home of the Blues

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Ragged Old Flag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksAll I Do Is Drive, Don’t Go Near the Water, Lonesome to the Bone

    Length (mins)00:29:45

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Blood, Sweat and Tears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksRoughneck, Casey Jones, Another Man Done Gone

    Length (mins)00:30:08

    Genres (Music)Country

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    The Complete Columbia Album Co is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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    Silver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksLonesome to the Bone, I’m Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar, I'll Say It’s True

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Country

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    At Folsom Prison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksFolsom Blues (Live), Cocaine Blues (Live), I Still Miss Someone (Live)

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    Out Among the Stars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time
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    John R. Cash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksLonesome to the Bone, Clean Your Own Tables, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Songs of Our Soil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksThe Caretaker, Don't Step on Mother's Roses, Old Apache Squaw

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Everybody Loves a Nut is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksCup of Coffee, Austin Prison, Everybody Loves a Nut

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Ride This Train is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksLumberjack, Going to Memphis, Boss Jack

    Genres (Music)Country, Concept album

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    My Mother's Hymn Book is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksSoftly and Tenderly, When He Reached Down, Do Lord

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    The Sound of Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Johnny Cash Albums of All Time

    ArtistJohnny Cash

    TracksYou Remembered Me, I’m Free From the Chain Gang Now, I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know

    Genres (Music)Country

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