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The Best Ry Cooder Albums of All Time

Updated June 6, 2018 1.7k votes 467 voters 14.5k views

List RulesThis 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

    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksA 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

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksSmack 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

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksI 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

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  • 4

    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksTeardrops Will Fall, Vigilante Man, Hey Porter

    Length (mins)00:37:48

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

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksHow Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?, France Chance, Alimony

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

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  • 6

    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksCrow Black Chicken, President Kennedy, Dark End of the Street

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

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    ArtistRy Cooder, Ali Farka Touré

    TracksAmandrai, Diaraby, Gomni

    Genres (Music)World music

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  • 10

    ArtistRy Cooder

    Tracks3 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

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksCrazy '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

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  • 12

    ArtistManuel Galbán, Ry Cooder

    TracksSecret Love

    Genres (Music)Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz

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  • 13

    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksGypsy Woman, Blue Suede Shoes, Mama

    Length (mins)00:39:20

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    ArtistVishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ry Cooder

    TracksLonging, 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

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksLord Tell Me Why, Dirty Chateau, El Corrido de Jesse James

    Genres (Music)Americana, American folk music

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksWomen Will Rule the World, All Shook Up, Get Rhythm

    Length (mins)00:40:54

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Roots rock

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  • 18

    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksHank Williams, Cat and Mouse, Sundown Town

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Country, Americana, Folk music, Blues

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  • 19

    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksKool-Aid, Going to Tampa, The Wall Street Part of Town

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, American folk music

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    ArtistRy Cooder

    TracksCan I Smoke in Here?, Spayed Kooley, 5000 Country Music Songs

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

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