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The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 1.0k votes 345 voters 12.6k views

List RulesThis 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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  • 1
    Mystery Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksThe Comedians, California Blue, A Love So Beautiful

    Length (mins)00:38:17

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

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    Crying is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    Crying

    1962

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksSummersong, Crying, She Wears My Ring

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

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    In Dreams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksIn Dreams, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Lonely Wine

    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

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksWe'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

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    The Orbison Way is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksCrawling Back, A New Star, Time Changed Everything

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

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    There Is Only One Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksAfraid to Sleep, You Fool You, Two of a Kind

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Roy Orbison Sings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tommy Roe

    TracksIt Hurt Me So, You're My Baby, I Never Knew

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Orbisongs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksLet the Good Times Roll, Nightlife, You te amo Maria

    Genres (Music)Rock music

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    Cry Softly Lonely One is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksGirl Like Mine, Only Alive, It Takes One (To Know One)

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country

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    Roy Orbison Sings Lonely and B is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    Roy Orbison's Many Moods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksAmy, Good Morning Dear, Try to Remember

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Regeneration is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksOld Love Song, Under Suspicion, Can't Wait

    Genres (Music)Rock music

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    The Classic Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    Sings Don Gibson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksSweet Dreams, Big Hearted Me, Lonesome Number One

    Genres (Music)Country

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    Roy Orbison at the Rock House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksMean Little Mama, Rock House, Ooby Dooby

    Genres (Music)Rockabilly

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    Milestones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksYou 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) 17 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksIt 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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    The Big 'O' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    Hank Williams the Roy Orbison  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksI'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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    Laminar Flow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time

    ArtistRoy Orbison

    TracksWarm Hot Spot, Hound Dog Man, Movin'

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Disco

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    One of the Lonely Ones 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

    2015
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    In Dreams: the Greatest Hits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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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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    At the Rockhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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    Presenting... Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roy Orbison Albums of All Time
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