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The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 332 voters 12.2k views

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

Roy Orbison is one of the greatest male vocalists of all time, and a member of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. This list of the best Roy Orbison albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Roy Orbison discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Roy Orbison albums can be found at the top of the list. A rockabilly-style rock and roll pioneer, Orbison eschewed the more macho elements of the genre, favoring the lament of the underdog. It earned him the nickname the "Caruso of Rock," after a famous Italian tenor. 

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

If you want to know what is the best Roy Orbison album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Roy Orbison at the Rock House (1961) to In Dreams (1963) to Mystery Girl (1989). These popular Roy Orbison CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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Mystery Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1989); Tracks: The Comedians, California Blue & A Love So Beautiful

Length (mins): 00:38:17

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Rock and roll, Rockabilly, Country rock, + more

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In Dreams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1963); Tracks: In Dreams, All I Have to Do Is Dream & Lonely Wine

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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Crying is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1962); Tracks: Summersong, Crying & She Wears My Ring

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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King of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1992); Tracks: We'll Take the Night, I Drove All Night & After the Love Has Gone

Length (mins): 00:41:35

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Pop music, Rock and roll, Soft rock, + more

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Roy Orbison Sings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis (1972); Tracks: It Hurt Me So, You're My Baby & I Never Knew

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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The Orbison Way is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1966); Tracks: Crawling Back, A New Star & Time Changed Everything

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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There Is Only One Roy Or... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1965); Tracks: Afraid to Sleep, You Fool You & Two of a Kind

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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Cry Softly Lonely One is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1967); Tracks: Girl Like Mine, Only Alive & It Takes One (To Know One)

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country

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Roy Orbison's Many Moods... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1969); Tracks: Amy, Good Morning Dear & Try to Remember

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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The Classic Roy Orbison ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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Orbisongs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1965); Tracks: Let the Good Times Roll, Nightlife & You te amo Maria

Genres (Music): Rock music

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Regeneration is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1977); Tracks: Old Love Song, Under Suspicion & Can't Wait

Genres (Music): Rock music

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Milestones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1973); Tracks: You Don't Know Me, I Wanna Live & The World You Live In

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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Memphis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1972); Tracks: It Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing), The Three Bells & Run the Engines Up High

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll

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Laminar Flow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1979); Tracks: Warm Hot Spot, Hound Dog Man & Movin'

Genres (Music): Rock music, Disco

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Sings Don Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1967); Tracks: Sweet Dreams, Big Hearted Me & Lonesome Number One

Genres (Music): Country

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Hank Williams the Roy Or... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1970); Tracks: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, You Win Again & I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)

Genres (Music): Country

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Roy Orbison Sings Lonely... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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Roy Orbison at the Rock ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
By Roy Orbison (1961); Tracks: Mean Little Mama, Rock House & Ooby Dooby

Genres (Music): Rockabilly

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Presenting... Roy Orbiso... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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The Big 'O' is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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One of the Lonely Ones ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
Fabricio Barral added One of the Lonely Ones
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The Fastest Guitar Alive... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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In Dreams: the Greatest ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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Combo Concert: 1965 Holl... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time