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The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 1.7k votes 584 voters 21.0k views16 items

List RulesSolo (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. 

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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
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Folk rock, Roots rock, Country rock
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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
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Folk rock, Roots rock
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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
    • Label: Mercury Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Roots rock, Blues, Country folk
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    1. Border Reiver
    2. Hard Shoulder
    3. You Can't Beat the House
    4. Before Gas and TV
    5. Monteleone
    6. Cleaning My Gun
    7. The Car Was the One
    8. Remembrance Day
    9. Get Lucky
    10. So Far from the Clyde
    11. Piper to the End
    12. Early Bird
    13. Time in the Sun
    14. Pulling Down the Ride
    15. Home Boy
    16. Good as Gold

    • Release Date: 2009
    • Artist: Mark Knopfler
    • Tracks: You Can't Beat the House, Piper to the End, Remembrance Day
    • Label: Mercury Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Roots rock, Celtic rock
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