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The Best Linda Ronstadt Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 2.7k votes 525 voters 17.2k views28 items

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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 Wheel1

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksWhen Will I Be Loved?, Keep Me From Blowing Away, You're No Good (mono single)

    Length (mins)00:31:45

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

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  • Simple Dreams2
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    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksBlue Bayou, I Never Will Marry, Tumbling Dice

    Length (mins)00:32:12

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

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  • Hasten Down the Wind3

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksLo Siento Mi Vida, The Tattler, Down So Low

    Length (mins)00:41:51

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

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  • Prisoner in Disguise4

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksYou Tell Me That I'm Falling Down, Love Is a Rose, Roll Um Easy

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

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  • Don't Cry Now5

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher, John Boylan, J. D. Souther

    TracksEverybody Loves a Winner, Desperado, Don't Cry Now

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

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  • Adieu False Heart6

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt, Ann Savoy, The Zozo Sisters

    ProducerSteve Buckingham

    TracksGo Away From My Window, King of Bohemia, Interlude

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

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  • Mad Love7
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    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksHow Do I Make You, Cost of Love, Girls Talk

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

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  • Linda Ronstadt8

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerJohn Boylan

    TracksRamblin' 'round, Rescue Me, I Won't Be Hangin' 'round

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country, Country rock

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  • Silk Purse9
    67
    12

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerElliot Mazer

    TracksAre My Thoughts With You?, Long Long Time, Lovesick Blues

    Length (mins)00:29:21

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country

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  • Living in the U.S.A.10

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksAlison, Blowing Away, Mohammed's Radio

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

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  • Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind11

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksWhen Something Is Wrong With My Baby, Adios, All My Life

    Length (mins)00:42:39

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

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  • Get Closer12
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    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher, Brian Ahern

    TracksMy Blue Tears, Talk to Me of Mendocino, I Knew You When

    Length (mins)00:36:45

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

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  • What's New13
    78
    27

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksI've Got a Crush on You, Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be), What'll I Do?

    Length (mins)00:36:50

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

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  • Trio14
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    23

    Trio

    1987
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  • Feels Like Home15

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerLinda Ronstadt, George Massenburg

    TracksThe Blue Train, Lover's Return, Morning Blues

    Length (mins)00:39:32

    Genres (Music)Country rock

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  • Hand Sown... Home Grown16

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerChip Douglas

    TracksBreak My Mind, The Long Way Around, We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (and a Lot Less Rock & Roll)

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

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  • Canciones de Mi Padre17

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher, Ruben Fuentes

    TracksRogaciano el huapanguero, El sol que tú eres, La charreada

    Length (mins)00:40:25

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

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  • Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions18

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris

    ProducerEthan Johns, Glyn Johns

    TracksSweet Spot, He Was Mine, Western Wall

    Length (mins)00:50:50

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

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  • For Sentimental Reasons19

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra

    ProducerPeter Asher

    Tracks’Round Midnight, When You Wish Upon a Star, Am I Blue

    Length (mins)00:42:43

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

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  • Winter Light20
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    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerLinda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, Steve Tyrell, George Massenburg

    TracksDo What You Gotta Do, A River for Him, You Can't Treat the Wrong Man Right

    Length (mins)00:37:14

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

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  • Lush Life21
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    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher

    TracksWhen I Fall in Love, Can't We Be Friends, Lush Life

    Length (mins)00:42:10

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

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  • Trio II22
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    ArtistDolly Parton, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris

    TracksLover's Return, Feels Like Home, When We're Gone

    Genres (Music)Country, Contemporary classical music

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  • We Ran23
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    We Ran

    1998

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerLinda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, George Massenburg, Robert Wachtel, Glyn Johns

    TracksIcy Blue Heart, If I Should Fall Behind, Cry 'til My Tears Run Dry

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

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  • A Merry Little Christmas24

    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerJohn Boylan

    TracksWhite Christmas, Xicochi, Xicochi

    Genres (Music)Christmas music

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  • Frenesi25
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    ArtistLinda Ronstadt

    ProducerPeter Asher, George Massenburg

    TracksAlma Adentro, En Mi Soledad, Te Quiero Dijiste

    Length (mins)00:43:07

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

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