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The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time 

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Updated June 6, 2018 1.3k votes 375 voters 11.6k views

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

Throughout his long career, starting back in 1967, Ry Cooder has a released a range of great albums. Here, you'll find a list of the best Ry Cooder albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Ry Cooder discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Ry Cooder albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Ry Cooder singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Ry Cooder album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Ry Cooder album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Ry Cooder album of all time?" or "What are the top Ry Cooder albums?" then this list will answer your questions. The Americana guitarist released albums both as a solo artist and with other musicians, such as The Ceyleib People and The Chieftains, among many others. In short, Ry Cooder is a prolific guitarist and songwriter, with a number of fantastic albums. This list ranges from Buena Vista Social Club to Talking Timbuktu and more.

This list of popular Ry Cooder albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Share you own opinion by voting up your favorite albums below.

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1
Paradise and Lunch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1974); Tracks: A Married Man's a Fool, Mexican Divorce & Jesus on the Mainline

Length (mins): 00:37:24

Genres (Music): Rock music, Americana, Roots rock, Blues, American folk music

2
Chicken Skin Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1976); Tracks: Smack Dab in the Middle, Goodnight Irene & He'll Have to Go

Length (mins): 00:40:01

Genres (Music): Country, Americana, Blues-rock, Roots rock, Blues, + more

3
Into the Purple Valley ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1972); Tracks: Teardrops Will Fall, Vigilante Man & Hey Porter

Length (mins): 00:37:48

Genres (Music): Rock music, Americana, Roots rock, Blues, American folk music

4
Bop Till You Drop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1979); Tracks: I Can't Win, I Think It's Going to Work Out Fine & Look at Granny Run

Length (mins): 00:40:15

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Blues-rock

5
Boomer's Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1972); Tracks: Crow Black Chicken, President Kennedy & Dark End of the Street

Genres (Music): Rock music, Americana, Roots rock, Blues, American folk music

6
Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1970); Tracks: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?, France Chance & Alimony

Genres (Music): Rock music, Americana, Roots rock, Blues, Country blues, + more

7
Borderline is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1980); Tracks: Crazy 'bout an Automobile (Every Women I Know), Never Make Your Move Too Soon & Down in the Boondocks

Length (mins): 00:44:09

Genres (Music): Rock music, Roots rock

8
Chávez Ravine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (2005); Tracks: 3 Cool Cats, Los Chucos Suaves & Corrido de Box Eo

Length (mins): 01:10:08

Genres (Music): Americana, Folk music, Latin American music, Latin jazz, Chicano rock, + more

9
Get Rhythm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1987); Tracks: Women Will Rule the World, All Shook Up & Get Rhythm

Length (mins): 00:40:54

Genres (Music): Rock music, Roots rock

10
Jazz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
11
Paris, Texas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
12
Talking Timbuktu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder and Ali Farka Touré (1994); Tracks: Amandrai, Diaraby & Gomni

Genres (Music): World music

13
I, Flathead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (2008); Tracks: Can I Smoke in Here?, Spayed Kooley & 5000 Country Music Songs

Genres (Music): Rock music, Americana, Folk music, Roots rock, Mariachi, + more

14
Mambo sinuendo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Manuel Galbán and Ry Cooder (2003); Tracks: Secret Love

Genres (Music): Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz

15
Pull Up Some Dust and Si... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (2011); Tracks: Lord Tell Me Why, Dirty Chateau & El Corrido de Jesse James

Genres (Music): Americana, American folk music

16
The Slide Area is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (1982); Tracks: Gypsy Woman, Blue Suede Shoes & Mama

Length (mins): 00:39:20

17
Crossroads is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
18
My Name Is Buddy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (2007); Tracks: Hank Williams, Cat and Mouse & Sundown Town

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Americana, Folk music, Blues, + more

19
The Long Riders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
20
Election Special is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Ry Cooder (2012); Tracks: Kool-Aid, Going to Tampa & The Wall Street Part of Town

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, American folk music

21
A Meeting by the River ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ry Cooder (1993); Tracks: Longing, Ganges Delta Blues & A Meeting by the River

Length (mins): 00:39:48

Genres (Music): Pop rock, World music, Blues, New-age music, Hindustani classical music, + more

22
Alamo Bay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
23
The Border is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
24
Johnny Handsome is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
25
San Patricio (feat. Ry C... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains and Ry Cooder (2010); Tracks: Lullaby for the Dead, Persecución de Villa & El relampago

Genres (Music): World music, Norteño, Celtic music, Latin American music, Folk music of Ireland, + more