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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 as 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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190 49
After the Gold Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

2
156 34
Everybody Knows This Is Nowher... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

3
188 54
Harvest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1972

4
129 33
Rust Never Sleeps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
richerb added Rust Never Sleeps 1979

5
153 51
On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

6
108 27
Zuma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1975

7
126 38
Tonight's the Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

8
97 46
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

9
84 35
Comes a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

10
76 20
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richerb added 2001

1976 2-disc retrospective of NY's first 10 years in America, including his best with Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, Crazy Horse, and early solo, including a few otherwise unreleased gems. An incredible compilation!

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74 32
Ragged Glory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

12
65 30
American Stars 'n Bars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

13
52 26
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1989

14
70 37
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1968

15
55 26
Sleeps With Angels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

16
45 32
Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

17
44 38
Mirror Ball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

18
33 29
Silver & Gold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

19
37 29
Re-ac-tor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1981

20
42 35
Trans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1982

21
30 32
Prairie Wind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

22
28 22
Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

23
28 25
Old Ways is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1985

24
32 35
Greendale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
2003

25
30 30
Le Noise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
2010

26
23 16
Long May You Run is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

27
30 26
Chrome Dreams II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

28
25 24
This Note's for You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

29
26 8
Hitchhiker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Hitchhiker

30
24 31
Living With War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

31
26 19
Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Dead Man 2005

32
20 25
Life is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

33
19 24
Americana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
2012

34
17 14
Eldorado is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Eldorado

35
16 10
Year of the Horse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Year of the Horse

36
12 23
Fork in the Road is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

37
19 31
Everybody's Rockin' is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

38
8 18
Living with War:

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7 9
Storytone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Storytone

40
15 19
Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

41
14 34
Are You Passionate? is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

42
9 23
A Letter Home is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

43
6 10
Peace Trail is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Peace Trail

44
15 34
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

45
5 13
Words and Music is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

46
5 22
The Monsanto Years is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time