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The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 2.5k votes 457 voters 8.2k views22 items

List RulesThis 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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  • 1
    176
    42

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksHangin’ ’Round, New York Telephone Conversation, Make Up

    Length (mins)00:37:26

    LabelRCA Records

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

  • 2
    151
    38

    ArtistLou Reed, Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

    TracksStrawman, Dime Store Mystery, Endless Cycle

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock

  • 3
    168
    49

    Berlin

    1973

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksCaroline Says II, The Kids, Men of Good Fortune

    Length (mins)00:49:35

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

  • 4
    115
    37

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksWait, Real Good Time Together, Dirt

    Length (mins)00:36:44

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

  • 5

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksConey Island Baby, She's My Best Friend, Ooohhh Baby

    Length (mins)00:35:34

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 6
    102
    29

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksWomen, Average Guy, The Blue Mask

    LabelRCA Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock

  • 7

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksNo Chance (Regret), Warrior King (Revenge), Goodby Mass (In a Chapel Bodily Termination)

    Length (mins)00:58:36

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 8

    ArtistLou Reed, John Cale, Lou Reed / John Cale

    TracksStarlight, A Dream, Images

    Length (mins)00:54:55

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Art rock

  • 9
    63
    36

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksFamilies, All Through the Night, With You

    Length (mins)00:40:28

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 10

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksKill Your Sons, N.Y. Stars, Billy

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

  • 11

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksTurn Out the Light, The Last Shot, Pow Wow

    Length (mins)00:38:18

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 12
    66
    43

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksI Love You, I Can’t Stand It, Ride Into the Sun

    Length (mins)00:38:49

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 13
    52
    32

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksMad, Rock Minuet, Baton Rouge

    Length (mins)01:17:24

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 14

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksTemporary Thing, Vicious Circle, You Wear It So Well

    Length (mins)00:37:49

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 15

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksHang On to Your Emotions, HookyWooky, Egg Cream

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 16

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksDoin' the Things That We Want To, Turn to Me, High in the City

    LabelRCA Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 17

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksKeep Away, Standing on Ceremony, My Old Man

    Length (mins)00:36:44

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 18

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksHudson River Wind (Blend the Ambiance), Move Your Heart, Wind Coda

    Genres (Music)New-age music

  • 19
    37
    40

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksSpit It Out, I Remember You, No Money Down

    Length (mins)00:39:12

    LabelRCA Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave

  • 20

    ArtistLou Reed, Zeitkratzer

    TracksMetal Machine Music A-4, Metal Machine Music A-1, Metal Machine Music A-2

    LabelRCA Records

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

  • 21
    30
    42

    ArtistLou Reed

    TracksBurning Embers, The Valley of Unrest, The Bed

    Length (mins)01:15:13

    Genres (Music)Rock music

  • 22
    36
    56