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The Best Pat Metheny Albums of All Time

Updated December 31, 2019 4.6k votes 781 voters 16k 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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    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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    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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    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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    ArtistPat Metheny, Lyle Mays

    TracksEstupenda graça, Ozark, Ozark

    Length (mins)01:13:19

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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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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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksMissouri Uncompromised, Unquity Road, Midwestern Nights Dream

    Length (mins)00:37:12

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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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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    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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    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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    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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    ArtistPat Metheny Group, Gregoire Maret

    TracksPart Three, Part Two, Part One

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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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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    ArtistPat Metheny Group

    TracksAfternoon, As It Is, Another Life

    Length (mins)01:12:05

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Jazz fusion

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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksTurnaround, Open, Every Day (I Thank You)

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    ArtistDave Holland, Roy Haynes, Pat Metheny

    TracksSolar, Change of Heart, Question and Answer

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    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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    ArtistPat Metheny

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

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    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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    ArtistPat Metheny

    TracksHumpty Dumpty, Rejoicing, Waiting for an Answer

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    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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