Rock The Best Steely Dan Albums of All Time  

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

While Walter Becker and Donald Fagen founded Steely Dan in 1972, the Bard College classmates stopped performing live in 1974. Before their breakup in 1981, Steely Dan became a studio-band made up of Baker, Fagen, and a revolving cast of legendary session musicians. Fortunately for fans, the band reunited in 1993 and have toured since.

If you want to know the best Steely Dan album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Aja (1977) to The Royal Scam (1976) to Sun Mountain (1996). These popular Steely Dan CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion.


Aja is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Steely Dan Albums of All Time
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1 228 VOTES

1. Black Cow
2. Aja
3. Deacon Blues
4. Peg
5. Home at Last
6. I Got the News
7.  Josie

Release Date: 1977

Artist: Steely Dan

Producer: Gary Katz

Tracks: Peg, Black Cow, I Got the News, Deacon Blues, Home at Last, + more

Length (mins): 00:40:03

Genres (Music): Jazz fusion

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Can't Buy a Thrill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steely Dan Albums of All Time
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2 167 VOTES

1. Do It Again
2. Dirty Work
3. Kings
4. Midnite Cruiser
5. Only a Fool Would Say That
6. Reelin' in the Years
7. Fire in the Hole
8. Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)
9. Change of the Guard
10. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again

Release Date: 1972

Artist: Steely Dan

Producer: Gary Katz

Tracks: Fire in the Hole, Dirty Work, Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me), Reelin' in the Years, Turn That Heartbeat Over Again, + more

Length (mins): 00:41:03

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Pop music, Folk rock, Rock and roll, + more

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Pretzel Logic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steely Dan Albums of All Time
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3 186 VOTES

1. Rikki Don't Lose That Number
2. Night by Night
3. Any Major Dude Will Tell You
4. Barrytown
5. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
6. Parker's Band
7. Through with Buzz
8. Pretzel Logic
9. With a Gun
10. Charlie Freak
11. Monkey in Your Soul

Release Date: 1974

Artist: Steely Dan

Tracks: Any Major Dude Will Tell You, Parker’s Band, East St. Louis Toodle-Oo, Through With Buzz, Night by Night, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Jazz fusion

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Katy Lied is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steely Dan Albums of All Time
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4 156 VOTES

1. Black Friday
2. Bad Sneakers
3. Rose Darling
4. Daddy Don't Live in that New York City No More
5. Doctor Wu
6. Everyone's Gone to the Movies
7. Your Gold Teeth II
8. Chain Lightning
9. Any World (That I'm Welcome To)
10. Throw Back the Little Ones

Release Date: 1975

Artist: Steely Dan

Producer: Gary Katz

Tracks: Any World (That I’m Welcome To), Throw Back the Little Ones, Rose Darling, Your Gold Teeth II, Bad Sneakers, + more

Length (mins): 00:35:32

Genres (Music): Rock music, Jazz fusion

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