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The Best Lou Reed Albums of All Time

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. 

  • Transformer
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    • Length (mins): 00:37:26
    • Label: RCA Records
    • Genres (Music): Experimental rock, Art rock, Glam rock
  • Berlin
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    1973
    • Length (mins): 00:49:35
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Gothic rock, Art rock
  • New York
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    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock
    • Length (mins): 00:35:34
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Street Hassle
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    • Length (mins): 00:36:44
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll
  • The Blue Mask
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    • Label: RCA Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock
    • Length (mins): 00:58:36
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
    • Length (mins): 00:54:55
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Art rock
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Glam rock
  • New Sensations
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    • Label: RCA Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
    • Length (mins): 00:38:18
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Lou Reed
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    • Length (mins): 00:38:49
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
    • Length (mins): 00:37:49
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Ecstasy
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    • Length (mins): 01:17:24
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • The Bells
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    • Length (mins): 00:40:28
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
    • Length (mins): 00:36:44
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Mistrial
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    • Length (mins): 00:39:12
    • Label: RCA Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave
    • Label: RCA Records
    • Genres (Music): Drone music, Noise music, Avant-garde, Protopunk, Avant-garde music
  • The Raven
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    • Length (mins): 01:15:13
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
  • Lulu
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    Lulu

    • Genres (Music): New-age music