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The Best Neil Young Albums of All Time

Updated December 23, 2020 6.8k votes 1k voters 15.1k views

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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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  • 1
    342
    114

    ArtistNeil Young

    TracksHarvest, A Man Needs a Maid, Old Man

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

  • 2
    294
    91

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerAl Schmitt, David Briggs

    TracksSee the Sky About to Rain, Ambulance Blues, For the Turnstiles

    Length (mins)00:39:40

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock

  • 3

    ArtistNeil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksEverybody Knows This Is Nowhere, The Emperor of Wyoming, The Loner

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, Roots rock

    #22 of 315 The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time#49 of 112 Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

  • 4

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerNeil Young, David Briggs

    TracksSouthern Man, I Believe in You, Oh

    Length (mins)00:35:15

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

  • 5

    Zuma

    1975
    218
    59

    ArtistNeil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksDon't Cry No Tears, Drive Back, Stupid Girl

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

  • 6

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerNeil Young, David Briggs

    TracksBorrowed Tune, Mellow My Mind, Speakin’ Out

    Length (mins)00:45:00

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country rock

  • 7
    172
    74

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerDavid Briggs, Ben Keith

    TracksGoin' Back, Motorcycle Mama, Four Strong Winds

    Length (mins)00:37:16

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

  • 8
    164
    55

    ArtistNeil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksOver and Over, Days That Used to Be, Farmer John

    Length (mins)01:03:02

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock, Grunge

  • 9
    142
    59

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerNeil Young, Niko Bolas

    TracksRockin' in the Free World, The Ways of Love, Eldorado

    Length (mins)01:01:04

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock, Heartland rock

  • 10
    191
    100

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerNeil Young, Ben Keith

    TracksUnknown Legend, War of Man, One of These Days

    Length (mins)00:51:59

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

    #81 of 2,810 The Greatest Albums of All-Time#160 of 863 The Best Albums of the 1990s

  • 11
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    Decade

    2001
    157
    41

    ArtistDervish

    TracksThe Worlds End, Josefin's Waltz, Jim Coleman's

    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!

  • 12

    ArtistNeil Young

    TracksThe Old Country Waltz, Hold Back the Tears, Homegrown

    Length (mins)00:38:15

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, Country rock

  • 13
    123
    77

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerJack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder, Neil Young, David Briggs

    TracksI've Loved Her So Long, If I Could Have Her Tonight, The Old Laughing Lady

    Length (mins)00:36:13

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock

  • 14

    ArtistNeil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksSleeps With Angels, Safeway Cart, A Dream That Can Last

    Length (mins)01:02:51

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock

  • 15

    ArtistNeil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksDriftin' Back, Psychedelic Pill, For the Love of Man

    LabelReprise Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock, Folk rock

  • 16

    Hitchhiker

    85
    28
  • 17

    ArtistNeil Young

    TracksBeautiful Bluebird, No Hidden Path, Ever After

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Americana, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock

  • 18
    69
    53

    ArtistNeil Young

    TracksFar From Home, Here for You, He Was the King

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

  • 19

    ArtistNeil Young, The Stills-Young Band

    ProducerThomas J. Dowd, Neil Young, Don Gehman

    Tracks12/8 Blues (All the Same), Ocean Girl, Make Love to You

    Length (mins)00:39:07

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

  • 20

    ArtistNeil Young

    TracksDaddy Went Walkin', Without Rings, Silver & Gold

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

  • 21
    90
    82

    ArtistNeil Young

    ProducerBrendan O'Brien

    TracksFallen Angel, Truth Be Known, Downtown

    Length (mins)00:55:21

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Grunge

  • 22
    59
    48

    ArtistNeil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksMusic Arcade, Loose Change, Slip Away

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Jam band

  • 23
    56
    60

    ArtistNeil Young

    TracksLove and War, Angry World, Peaceful Valley Boulevard

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock, Garage rock, Experimental rock

  • 24
    74
    66

    ArtistNeil Young, Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    TracksShots, Opera Star, Motor City

    Length (mins)00:39:12

    Genres (Music)Rock music, New Wave, Hard rock

  • 25
    64
    70

    ArtistNeil Young, Crazy Horse

    TracksGrandpa's Interview, Grandpa's Interview, Leave the Driving

    Length (mins)01:18:26

    Genres (Music)Rock music