The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time 

Updated June 14, 2019 1.4k votes 510 voters 18.3k views 16 items

List Rules Solo (and partnership, such as the record with Emmylou Harris) Knopfler studio releases only, including soundtracks

Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits fame, is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Not only that, but he's created some great music throughout his solo career, across a range of studio albums—not to mention the film soundtracks he's recorded. This is a crowdranked list of the best Mark Knopfler albums (best Dire Straits albums get their own list), including pictures of the album covers when available. This Mark Knopfler discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Mark Knopfler albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Mark Knopfler singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

If you think the greatest Mark Knopfler 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 Mark Knopfler album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular. If you want to know, "What is the Best Mark Knopfler album of all time?" or "What are the top Mark Knopfler albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List features albums like Missing... Presumed Having a Good Time, Shangri-La and more!

This list of popular Mark Knopfler albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

Sailing to Philadelphia ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time
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1. What It Is
2. Sailing to Philadelphia
3. Who's Your Baby Now
4. Baloney Again
5. The Last Laugh
6. Silvertown Blues
7. El Macho
8. Prairie Wedding
9. Wanderlust
10. Speedway at Nazareth
11. Junkie Doll
12. Sands of Nevada
13. One More Matinee

Release Date: 2000

Artist: Mark Knopfler

Tracks: What It Is, Speedway at Nazareth, Junkie Doll, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Folk rock, Roots rock, Country rock, + more

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Golden Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time
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1. Darling Pretty
2. Imelda
3. Golden Heart
4. No Can Do
5. Vic and Ray
6. Don't You Get It
7. A Night in Summer Long Ago
8. Cannibals
9. I'm the Fool
10. Je Suis Désolé
11. Rüdiger
12. Nobody's Got the Gun
13. Done with Bonaparte
14. Are We in Trouble Now

Release Date: 1996

Artist: Mark Knopfler

Tracks: A Night in Summer Long Ago, Are We in Trouble Now, Imelda, + more

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

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Shangri-La is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time
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1. 5.15 A.M.
2. Boom, Like That
3. Sucker Row
4. The Trawlerman's Song
5. Back to Tupelo
6. Our Shangri-La
7. Everybody Pays
8. Song for Sonny Liston
9. Whoop De Doo
10. Postcards from Paraguay
11. All That Matters
12. Stand Up Guy
13. Donegan's Gone
14. Don't Crash the Ambulance

Release Date: 2004

Artist: Mark Knopfler

Tracks: Our Shangri-La, 5.15 a.m., Whoop de Doo, + more

Label: Mercury Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Roots rock, Blues, Country folk

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Privateering is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time
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1. Redbud Tree
2. Haul Away
3. Don't Forget Your Hat
4. Privateering
5. Miss You Blues
6. Corned Beef City
7. Go, Love
8. Hot or What
9. Yon Two Crows
10. Seattle
11. Kingdom of Gold
12. Got to Have Something
13. Radio City Serenade
14. I Used to Could
15. Gator Blood
16. Bluebird
17. Dream of the Drowned Submariner
18. Blood and Water
19. Today Is Okay
20. After the Beanstalk

Release Date: 2012

Artist: Mark Knopfler

Tracks: Redbud Tree, Today Is Okay, Dream of the Drowned Submariner, + more

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Roots rock, Celtic rock

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