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The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 2.1k votes 385 voters 7.5k views 22 items

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

Lou Reed is one of the best rock singers of all time and was in one of the greatest rock bands ever. After the Velvet Underground split, Lou Reed went on to start a long solo career, spanning across decades of great music. Here are all the Lou Reed albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Lou Reed discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Lou Reed albums can be rightfully found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Lou Reed's singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

If you think the greatest 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 Lou Reed album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Lou Reed album of all time?" or "What are the top Lou Reed albums?" then this list will answer your questions. From Transformer and New York to Coney Island Baby and Street Hassle, this list features all of Lou Reed's studio albums. 

This list 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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Berlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1973); Tracks: Caroline Says II, The Kids & Men of Good Fortune

Length (mins): 00:49:35

Genres (Music): Rock music, Gothic rock, Art rock

2
Transformer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1972); Tracks: Hangin’ ’Round, New York Telephone Conversation & Make Up

Length (mins): 00:37:26

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Experimental rock, Art rock, Glam rock

3
New York is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed and Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson (1989); Tracks: Strawman, Dime Store Mystery & Endless Cycle

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock

4
Coney Island Baby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1975); Tracks: Coney Island Baby, She's My Best Friend & Ooohhh Baby

Length (mins): 00:35:34

Genres (Music): Rock music

5
Street Hassle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1978); Tracks: Wait, Real Good Time Together & Dirt

Length (mins): 00:36:44

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

6
The Blue Mask is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1982); Tracks: Women, Average Guy & The Blue Mask

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock

7
Sally Can’t Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1974); Tracks: Kill Your Sons, N.Y. Stars & Billy

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

8
The Bells is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1979); Tracks: Families, All Through the Night & With You

Length (mins): 00:40:28

Genres (Music): Rock music

9
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1972); Tracks: I Love You, I Can’t Stand It & Ride Into the Sun

Length (mins): 00:38:49

Genres (Music): Rock music

10
Magic and Loss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1992); Tracks: No Chance (Regret), Warrior King (Revenge) & Goodby Mass (In a Chapel Bodily Termination)

Length (mins): 00:58:36

Genres (Music): Rock music

11
Songs for Drella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed and John Cale (1990); Tracks: Starlight, A Dream & Images

Length (mins): 00:54:55

Genres (Music): Rock music, Art rock

12
Rock and Roll Heart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1976); Tracks: Temporary Thing, Vicious Circle & You Wear It So Well

Length (mins): 00:37:49

Genres (Music): Rock music

13
Legendary Hearts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1983); Tracks: Turn Out the Light, The Last Shot & Pow Wow

Length (mins): 00:38:18

Genres (Music): Rock music

14
Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (2000); Tracks: Mad, Rock Minuet & Baton Rouge

Length (mins): 01:17:24

Genres (Music): Rock music

15
New Sensations is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1984); Tracks: Doin' the Things That We Want To, Turn to Me & High in the City

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Rock music

16
Set the Twilight Reeling... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1996); Tracks: Hang On to Your Emotions, HookyWooky & Egg Cream

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Rock music

17
Metal Machine Music is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed and Zeitkratzer (1975); Tracks: Metal Machine Music A-4, Metal Machine Music A-1 & Metal Machine Music A-2

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Drone music, Noise music, Avant-garde, Protopunk, Avant-garde music

18
Growing Up in Public is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1980); Tracks: Keep Away, Standing on Ceremony & My Old Man

Length (mins): 00:36:44

Genres (Music): Rock music

19
Mistrial is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (1986); Tracks: Spit It Out, I Remember You & No Money Down

Length (mins): 00:39:12

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave

20
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (2003); Tracks: Burning Embers, The Valley of Unrest & The Bed

Length (mins): 01:15:13

Genres (Music): Rock music

21
Hudson River Wind Medita... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time
By Lou Reed (2007); Tracks: Hudson River Wind (Blend the Ambiance), Move Your Heart & Wind Coda

Genres (Music): New-age music

22
Lulu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time