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The Best Social Distortion Albums of All Time

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

Social Distortion are known to many as one of the best punk bands of all time. List of the best Social Distortion albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Social Distortion discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Social Distortion albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Social Distortion singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Social Distortion 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 Social Distortion album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

One of the best bands to come out of the Orange County, CA punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s, Social D achieved more mainstream success in third studio album in 1990. It's hit single, "Ball and Chain," became not only the group's anthem, but also that of its then bad boy lead singer Mike Ness. 

If you want to know the best Social Distortion album of all time, or the top Social Distortion albums, this list will answer your questions. Examples include self-titled Social DistortionPrison Bound, and White Light, White Heat, White Trash. This list of popular Social Distortion CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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  • 1. Cold Feelings
    2. Bad Luck
    3. Making Believe
    4. Born to Lose
    5. Bye Bye Baby
    6. When She Begins
    7. 99 to Life
    8. King of Fools
    9. Sometimes I Do
    10. This Time Darlin'
    11. Ghost Town Blues
    12. Alone and Forsaken
    13. Mainliner 1992

    • Release Date: 1992
    • Artist: Social Distortion
    • Producer: Dave Jerden
    • Tracks: 99 to Life, Bye Bye Baby, Bad Luck
    • Length (mins): 00:44:38
    • Label: Epic Records
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Blues-rock, Rockabilly, Punk rock, Country rock
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  • 1. So Far Away
    2. Let It Be Me
    3. Story of My Life
    4. Sick Boys
    5. Ring of Fire
    6. Ball and Chain
    7. It Coulda Been Me
    8. She's a Knockout
    9. A Place in My Heart
    10. Drug Train

    • Release Date: 1990
    • Artist: Social Distortion
    • Producer: Dave Jerden
    • Tracks: Sick Boys, It Coulda Been Me, Ball and Chain
    • Length (mins): 00:41:21
    • Label: Epic Records
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Blues-rock, Rockabilly, Punk rock, Country rock
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  • 1. Dear Lover
    2. Don't Drag Me Down
    3. Untitled
    4. I Was Wrong
    5. Through These Eyes
    6. Down on the World Again
    7. When the Angels Sing
    8. Gotta Know the Rules
    9. Crown of Thorns
    10. Pleasure Seeker
    11. Down Here (With the Rest of Us)
    12. Under My Thumb

    • Release Date: 1996
    • Artist: Social Distortion
    • Tracks: Untitled, Crown of Thorns, Gotta Know the Rules
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Hardcore punk, Hard rock, Punk rock, Cowpunk
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  • Sex, Love and Rock ’n’ Roll is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Social Distortion Albums of All Time
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    1. Reach for the Sky
    2. Highway 101
    3. Don't Take Me for Granted
    4. Footprints on My Ceiling
    5. Nickels and Dimes
    6. I Wasn't Born to Follow
    7. Winners and Losers
    8. Faithless
    9. Live Before You Die
    10. Angel's Wings
    11. Mommy's little monster

    • Release Date: 2004
    • Artist: Social Distortion
    • Tracks: Angel's Wings, Nickels and Dimes, Winners and Losers
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Blues-rock, Rockabilly, Punk rock, Country rock
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