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The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

Updated December 31, 2019 4.0k votes 646 voters 13.2k views

List RulesThis 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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  • 1
    Still Life (Talking) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksLast Train Home, Distance, (It's Just) Talk

    Length (mins)00:42:33

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

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    Letter From Home is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksHave You Heard, 45/8, Spring Ain't Here

    Length (mins)01:01:50

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

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  • 3
    First Circle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny, Lyle Mays

    TracksEstupenda graça, Ozark, Ozark

    Length (mins)01:13:19

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Offramp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksAu Lait, The Bat, Part II

    Length (mins)00:42:28

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    Secret Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksFinding 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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  • 8
    Travels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    Bright Size Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksMissouri Uncompromised, Unquity Road, Midwestern Nights Dream

    Length (mins)00:37:12

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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  • 10
    American Garage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    Tracks(Cross the) Heartland, American Garage, The Search

    Length (mins)00:35:15

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    The Way Up is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny Group, Gregoire Maret

    TracksPart Three, Part Two, Part One

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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  • 12
    Imaginary Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksThe Roots of Coincidence, The Awakening, Into the Dream

    Length (mins)01:04:41

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    We Live Here is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksRed Sky, To the End of the World, The Girls Next Door

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistCharlie Haden, Pat Metheny

    TracksThe Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme), First Song (For Ruth)

    LabelVerve Music Group

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Question and Answer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistDave Holland, Roy Haynes, Pat Metheny

    TracksSolar, Change of Heart, Question and Answer

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 16
    Watercolors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksSuite: II. Legend of the Fountain, Watercolors, Icefire

    Length (mins)00:41:54

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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  • 17
    Speaking of Now is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksAfternoon, As It Is, Another Life

    Length (mins)01:12:05

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    80/81 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    80/81

    1980

    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksTurnaround, Open, Every Day (I Thank You)

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    New Chautauqua is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksDaybreak, Long-Ago Child / Fallen Star, New Chautauqua

    Length (mins)00:38:33

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion, Folk jazz

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    Kin (← →) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    Rejoicing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksHumpty Dumpty, Rejoicing, Waiting for an Answer

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Day Trip is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksSon of Thirteen, When We Were Free, The Red One

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Quartet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time
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    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksSecond Thought, When We Were Free, Oceania

    Length (mins)01:06:16

    LabelGeffen Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    One Quiet Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksPeace Memory, Over on 4th Street, North to South

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

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

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    I Can See Your House From Here is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

    ArtistPat Metheny, John Scofield

    TracksMessage to My Friend, You Speak My Language, No Matter What

    Length (mins)01:09:46

    LabelBlue Note Records

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

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