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Neil Young is a true music icon. He's known as one of the best folk singers, one of the best singer/songwriters and one of the greatest rock stars of all time. While he wrote and sang classic songs as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield, his most enduring work came as a solo artist. Having released over 40 studio albums, many with his backing band Crazy Horse, Neil Young is as prolific and he is important. But what are the best Neil Young albums?
 

Is the best Neil Young album also one of the most commercially successful? Harvest was the best selling album in 1972. One of Young’s best known songs, the political anthem “Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World,” was a single off of 1989’s Freedom. The country-tinged sounds and beautiful lyrics of After The Gold Rush cemented Young as a living songwriting legend. With so many classics in the Neil Young discography, it might be hard to decide which is the greatest Neil Young album.
 

This list of the top Neil Young albums contains shining examples from every era of Young’s decades long career. Vote up for your favorite Neil Young releases and vote down on whatever’s on the list that you think is overrated.

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After the Gold Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
After the Gold Rush Neil Young

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowher... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
On the Beach Neil Young

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109 31
Harvest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Harvest Neil Young

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Rust Never Sleeps is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
richerb added Rust Never Sleeps Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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70 13
Zuma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Zuma Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Tonight's the Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Tonight's the Night Neil Young

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66 27
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Harvest Moon Neil Young

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46 17
Comes a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Comes a Time Neil Young

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49 17
Ragged Glory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Ragged Glory Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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32 10
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Freedom Neil Young

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36 11
Sleeps With Angels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Sleeps With Angels Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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37 12
American Stars 'n Bars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

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Ranker Video

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44 21
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Neil Young Neil Young

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24 11
Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Psychedelic Pill Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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27 16
Mirror Ball is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Mirror Ball Neil Young

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14 1
Live at Massey Hall 1971 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Live at Massey Hall 1971

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22 14
Prairie Wind is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Prairie Wind Neil Young

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Sugar Mountain Live at Canterb... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Sugar Mountain Live at Canterbury House 1968

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21 12
Silver & Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Silver & Gold Neil Young

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Unplugged

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18 10
Le Noise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Le Noise Neil Young

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22 14
Trans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Trans Neil Young

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20 13
Re-ac-tor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Re-ac-tor Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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15 9
Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Broken Arrow Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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22 14
Chrome Dreams II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Chrome Dreams II Neil Young

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Greendale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Greendale Neil Young, Crazy Horse

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Long May You Run is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Long May You Run Neil Young, The Stills-Young Band

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15 14
Old Ways is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Old Ways Neil Young

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11 2
Eldorado is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Eldorado

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14 12
Life is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

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14 16
Living With War is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Living With War Neil Young

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Live at the Filmore East is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Live at the Filmore East

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13 12
This Note's for You is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
This Note's for You Neil Young

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11 12
Americana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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11 9
Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Dead Man Dead Man

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11 16
Are You Passionate? is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Are You Passionate? Neil Young

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7 12
Fork in the Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Fork in the Road Neil Young

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Hitchhiker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Hitchhiker

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4 9
The Monsanto Years is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
The Monsanto Years Neil Young

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4 9
Living with War:

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7 12
A Letter Home is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

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Year of the Horse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Year of the Horse

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peace trail is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
peace trail

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storytone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
storytone

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7 14
Everybody's Rockin' is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Everybody's Rockin' Neil Young

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Storytone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Storytone

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8 11
Life is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time