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The Best Steve Earle Albums of All Time 

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Updated June 28, 2018 677 votes 208 voters 5.5k views 20 items

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

One of the greatest songwriters of all time, Steve Earle is also considered by many one of the greatest country artist of all time. Since he's such an influential artist, let’s rank the best Steve Earle albums, with the help of your votes. Earle came out of the gates strong when his debut, Guitar Town (1986) and followed that up two years later with Copperhead Road (1988) which many call his "rock record."

This Steve Earle discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Steve Earle albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Steve Earle singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Steve Earle 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 Steve Earle album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

This list below has a variety of albums, like Jerusalem (2002) and Transcendental Blues (2000), in it. This list of popular Steve Earle CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

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Train a Comin’ is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steve Earle Albums of All Time
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Artist: Steve Earle

Release Date: 1995

Tracks: Northern Winds, Goodbye, Angel Is the Devil, + more

Length (mins): 00:40:03

Genres (Music): Country, Folk music, Country rock, Bluegrass

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Transcendental Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steve Earle Albums of All Time
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Artist: Steve Earle

Release Date: 2000

Tracks: The Boy Who Never Cried, I Don't Want to Lose You Yet, Transcendental Blues, + more

Genres (Music): Country, Americana, Folk rock, Country rock, Alternative country

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The Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steve Earle Albums of All Time
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Artist: Steve Earle, The Dukes

Release Date: 1990

Tracks: When the People Find Out, Country Girl, Have Mercy, + more

Genres (Music): Country, Americana, Country rock, Heartland rock, Texas country music

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Jerusalem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steve Earle Albums of All Time
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Artist: Steve Earle

Release Date: 2002

Tracks: Jerusalem, Amerika v. 6.0 (The Best We Can Do), Go Amanda, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Country, Country rock

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