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The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time 

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Updated December 31, 2019 3.2k votes 595 voters 12k views

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

List of the best Pat Metheny albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Pat Metheny discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Pat Metheny albums can be found at the top of the list. A Missouri-born fusion jazz composer and guitarist, he has many side projects, but his primary focus is with the eponymous Pat Metheny Group. The band has had various members and has taken several hiatuses since first forming in 1977, though co-composer and keyboardist Lyle Mays has remained a fixture. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier for you, we haven't included Pat Metheny singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Pat Metheny album isn't ranked highly enough, be sure to vote for it so it gets the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Pat Metheny album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the best Pat Metheny album of all time, this list will answer your question. It features albums like New Chautauqua, Question and Answer, We Live Here, Zero Tolerance for Silence, and Like Minds. This list of popular Pat Metheny CDs 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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Still Life (Talking) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (1987); Tracks: Last Train Home, Distance & (It's Just) Talk

Length (mins): 00:42:33

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, World music, Smooth jazz, Latin jazz, + more

2
Letter From Home is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (1989); Tracks: Have You Heard, 45/8 & Spring Ain't Here

Length (mins): 01:01:50

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Crossover jazz

3
Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
4
First Circle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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Secret Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (1992); Tracks: Finding and Believing, See the World & Rain River

Length (mins): 01:16:30

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, World music, Crossover jazz, Ethno jazz

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Offramp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (1982); Tracks: Au Lait, The Bat & Part II

Length (mins): 00:42:28

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

7
As Falls Wichita, So Fal... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays (1981); Tracks: Estupenda graça, Ozark & Ozark

Length (mins): 01:13:19

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

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Bright Size Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (1976); Tracks: Missouri Uncompromised, Unquity Road & Midwestern Nights Dream

Length (mins): 00:37:12

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

9
Travels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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The Way Up is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group and Gregoire Maret (2005); Tracks: Part Three, Part Two & Part One

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

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We Live Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (1995); Tracks: Red Sky, To the End of the World & The Girls Next Door

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

12
American Garage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (1979); Tracks: (Cross the) Heartland, American Garage & The Search

Length (mins): 00:35:15

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

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Imaginary Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (1997); Tracks: The Roots of Coincidence, The Awakening & Into the Dream

Length (mins): 01:04:41

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

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Speaking of Now is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Group (2002); Tracks: Afternoon, As It Is & Another Life

Length (mins): 01:12:05

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

15
Beyond the Missouri Sky ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny (1997); Tracks: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme) & First Song (For Ruth)

Label: Verve Music Group

Genres (Music): Jazz

16
Question and Answer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Dave Holland and Roy Haynes (1990); Tracks: Solar, Change of Heart & Question and Answer

Genres (Music): Jazz

17
Watercolors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (1977); Tracks: Suite: II. Legend of the Fountain, Watercolors & Icefire

Length (mins): 00:41:54

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion

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Kin (← →) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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New Chautauqua is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (1979); Tracks: Daybreak, Long-Ago Child / Fallen Star & New Chautauqua

Length (mins): 00:38:33

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Folk jazz

20
80/81 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (1980); Tracks: Turnaround, Open & Every Day (I Thank You)

Genres (Music): Jazz

21
I Can See Your House Fro... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny and John Scofield (1994); Tracks: Message to My Friend, You Speak My Language & No Matter What

Length (mins): 01:09:46

Label: Blue Note Records

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Crossover jazz

22
Day Trip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (2008); Tracks: Son of Thirteen, When We Were Free & The Red One

Genres (Music): Jazz

23
Rejoicing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (1984); Tracks: Humpty Dumpty, Rejoicing & Waiting for an Answer

Genres (Music): Jazz

24
Unity Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny Unity Band and Pat Metheny (2012); Tracks: Then and Now, Then and Now & New Year

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genres (Music): Jazz

25
One Quiet Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
By Pat Metheny (2003); Tracks: Peace Memory, Over on 4th Street & North to South

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Folk jazz, Crossover jazz