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The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time 

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Linda Ronstadt is one of the best female vocalists and one of the best singer/songwriters of all time.  List of the best Linda Ronstadt albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Linda Ronstadt discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Linda Ronstadt albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Linda Ronstadt singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Linda Ronstadt 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 Linda Ronstadt album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular. 

Linda Ronstadt's musical career spanned over 40 years and many genres, before her retirement in 2011. Her debut solo album, Hand Sown ... Home Grown (1969) followed the disbandment of the The Stone Poneys. Her big breakthrough hit, though, came in 1974 with Heart Like a Wheel

If you want to know the best Linda Ronstadt album of all time, this list will answer your question. Examples include Silk Purse (1970), Spanish album Canciones de Mi Padre (1987), and Feels Like Home (1995). These popular Linda Ronstadt CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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Heart Like a Wheel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1974); Tracks: When Will I Be Loved?, Keep Me From Blowing Away & You're No Good (mono single)

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:31:45

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Country rock, Classic rock, + more

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Simple Dreams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1977); Tracks: Blue Bayou, I Never Will Marry & Tumbling Dice

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:32:12

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Rock and roll, Country rock, + more

3
Hasten Down the Wind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1976); Tracks: Lo Siento Mi Vida, The Tattler & Down So Low

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:41:51

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Country rock, Classic rock, + more

4
Prisoner in Disguise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1975); Tracks: You Tell Me That I'm Falling Down, Love Is a Rose & Roll Um Easy

Producer: Peter Asher

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Country rock, Classic rock

5
Don't Cry Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1973); Tracks: Everybody Loves a Winner, Desperado & Don't Cry Now

Producer: Peter Asher, John Boylan, J. D. Souther

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Country rock

6
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1989); Tracks: When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, Adios & All My Life

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:42:39

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Contemporary R&B, + more

7
Mad Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1980); Tracks: How Do I Make You, Cost of Love & Girls Talk

Producer: Peter Asher

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Hard rock, Punk rock

8
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1972); Tracks: Ramblin' 'round, Rescue Me & I Won't Be Hangin' 'round

Producer: John Boylan

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Country rock

9
Living in the U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1978); Tracks: Alison, Blowing Away & Mohammed's Radio

Producer: Peter Asher

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Classic rock

10
What's New is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt and Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1983); Tracks: I've Got a Crush on You, Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) & What'll I Do?

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:36:50

Genres (Music): Jazz, Traditional pop music, Big Band

11
Get Closer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1982); Tracks: My Blue Tears, Talk to Me of Mendocino & I Knew You When

Producer: Peter Asher, Brian Ahern

Length (mins): 00:36:45

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Country rock, Classic rock

12
Trio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
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Silk Purse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1970); Tracks: Are My Thoughts With You?, Long Long Time & Lovesick Blues

Producer: Elliot Mazer

Length (mins): 00:29:21

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country

14
Feels Like Home is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1995); Tracks: The Blue Train, Lover's Return & Morning Blues

Producer: Linda Ronstadt, George Massenburg

Length (mins): 00:39:32

Genres (Music): Country rock

15
Winter Light is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1993); Tracks: Do What You Gotta Do, A River for Him & You Can't Treat the Wrong Man Right

Producer: Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, Steve Tyrell, George Massenburg

Length (mins): 00:37:14

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Art rock, New-age music, New Age

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Hand Sown... Home Grown ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1969); Tracks: Break My Mind, The Long Way Around & We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (and a Lot Less Rock & Roll)

Producer: Chip Douglas

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Country rock

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Canciones de Mi Padre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1987); Tracks: Rogaciano el huapanguero, El sol que tú eres & La charreada

Producer: Peter Asher, Ruben Fuentes

Length (mins): 00:40:25

Genres (Music): Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Mariachi, Latin American music, Music of Mexico

18
For Sentimental Reasons ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt and Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (1986); Tracks: ’Round Midnight, When You Wish Upon a Star & Am I Blue

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:42:43

Genres (Music): Jazz, Traditional pop music, Big Band

19
Lush Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1984); Tracks: When I Fall in Love, Can't We Be Friends & Lush Life

Producer: Peter Asher

Length (mins): 00:42:10

Genres (Music): Pop music, Jazz, Traditional pop music, Big Band

20
Western Wall: The Tucson... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris (1999); Tracks: Sweet Spot, He Was Mine & Western Wall

Producer: Ethan Johns, Glyn Johns

Length (mins): 00:50:50

Genres (Music): Country, Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Art rock, + more

21
We Ran is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1998); Tracks: Icy Blue Heart, If I Should Fall Behind & Cry 'til My Tears Run Dry

Producer: Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, George Massenburg, Robert Wachtel, Glyn Johns

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Folk rock, Classic rock

22
Trio II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Dolly Parton and Dolly Parton (1999); Tracks: Lover's Return, Feels Like Home & When We're Gone

Genres (Music): Country, Contemporary classical music

23
Adieu False Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy (2006); Tracks: Go Away From My Window, King of Bohemia & Interlude

Producer: Steve Buckingham

Genres (Music): Pop music, Folk rock, Cajun music, Acoustic music

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A Merry Little Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (2000); Tracks: White Christmas, Xicochi & Xicochi

Producer: John Boylan

Genres (Music): Christmas music

25
Frenesi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time
By Linda Ronstadt (1992); Tracks: Alma Adentro, En Mi Soledad & Te Quiero Dijiste

Producer: Peter Asher, George Massenburg

Length (mins): 00:43:07

Genres (Music): Jazz, Mariachi, Afro-Cuban jazz, Music of Mexico