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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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205 52
After the Gold Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

2
205 60
Harvest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1972

3
169 38
Everybody Knows This Is Nowher... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

4
138 35
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
167 53
On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

6
114 30
Zuma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1975

7
135 43
Tonight's the Night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

8
106 49
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

9
90 39
Comes a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

10
84 22
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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!

11
82 33
Ragged Glory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

12
71 32
American Stars 'n Bars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

13
59 28
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1989

14
76 40
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1968

15
63 30
Sleeps With Angels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

16
45 38
Psychedelic Pill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

17
48 42
Mirror Ball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

18
41 31
Re-ac-tor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1981

19
35 32
Silver & Gold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

20
45 38
Trans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1982

21
33 36
Prairie Wind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

22
31 25
Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

23
29 29
Old Ways is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
1985

24
35 39
Greendale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
2003

25
32 33
Le Noise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
2010

26
32 29
Chrome Dreams II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

27
26 20
Long May You Run is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

28
27 27
This Note's for You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

29
28 10
Hitchhiker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Hitchhiker

30
24 36
Living With War is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

31
27 22
Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Dead Man 2005

32
22 27
Americana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
2012

33
21 27
Life is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

34
19 17
Eldorado is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Eldorado

35
18 12
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 26
Fork in the Road is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

37
17 36
Are You Passionate? is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

38
19 37
Everybody's Rockin' is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

39
8 23
Living with War:

40
16 23
Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

41
16 38
Landing on Water is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

42
9 27
A Letter Home is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

43
7 25
The Monsanto Years is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

44
7 14
Storytone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Storytone

45
6 14
Peace Trail is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time
Peace Trail

46
5 17
Words and Music is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time