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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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Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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41 11
Bright Size Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

3
44 15
The Way Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
The Way Up 2005

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56 25
Still Life (Talking) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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31 7
Speaking of Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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33 9
We Live Here is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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50 25
Letter From Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

8
28 9
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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22 6
Kin (← →) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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23 7
Day Trip is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
Day Trip 2008

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24 8
I Can See Your House From Here is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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45 27
Offramp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
Offramp 1982

The Best Larry Carlton Albums of All Time

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17 4
Quartet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
Quartet 1996

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26 12
Question and Answer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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19 6
Unity Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
Unity Band 2012

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39 24
Secret Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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34 21
American Garage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

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34 21
First Circle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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33 21
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wic... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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25 16
Imaginary Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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14 6
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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22 14
Travels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
incaroads added Travels 1983

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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16 9
One Quiet Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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19 14
Watercolors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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20 16
New Chautauqua is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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9 6
Trio 99->00 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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80/81 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
80/81 1980

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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Orchestrion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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9 9
Rejoicing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
Rejoicing 1984

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8 9
A Map of the World is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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6 7
Tap: Book of Angels, Volume 20 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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5 6
Different Trains / Electric Co... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

Full Cast of Om Shanti Om Actors/Actresses

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4 5
What's It All About is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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2 4
Parallel Realities Live… is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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3 6
Passaggio Per Il Paradiso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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2 5
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Jaco 2002

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12 17
Zero Tolerance for Silence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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6 10
Song X is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
Song X 1986

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8 13
The Falcon and the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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1 5
The Sign of 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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1 5
A Sassy Samba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

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0 6
A Special Conversation with Pa... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time