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The Best Sufjan Stevens Albums, Ranked

Updated March 27, 2019 330 votes 97 voters 1.4k views8 items

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We're ranking the best Sufjan Stevens albums of all time. One of the best indie folk artists ever, Sufjan Stevens's discography features several popular songs, like "Should Have Known Better" and "Mystery of Love." What is the greatest Sufjan Stevens album ever?

From their debut album A Sun Came to their 2017 album Planetarium, this list of Sufjan Stevens albums also includes Illinois, The Age of Adz, and Carrie & Lowell.

Vote up the best Sufjan Stevens albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

  • Photo: Sounds Familyre, Asthmatic Kitty/Secretly Canadian, Rough Trade

    1. Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)
    2. All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever Hold Your Peace!
    3. For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
    4. Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!
    5. The Upper Peninsula
    6. Tahquamenon Falls
    7. Holland
    8. Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head! (Rebuild! Restore! Reconsider!)
    9. Romulus
    10. Alanson, Crooked River
    11. Sleeping Bear, Sault Saint Marie
    12. They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For the Homeless in Muskegon)
    13. Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)
    14. Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)
    15. Vito's Ordination Song

    Pitchfork score: 8.5/10

    • Release Date: 2003
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  • Photo: 4AD
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    Planetarium

    1. Neptune
    2. Jupiter
    3. Halley's Comet
    4. Venus
    5. Uranus
    6. Mars
    7. Black Energy
    8. Sun
    9. Tides 
    10. Moon
    11. Pluto 
    12. Kuiper Belt
    13. Black Hole
    14. Saturn
    15. In the Beginning
    16. Earth
    17. Mercury

    Pitchfork score: 6/10

    • Release Date: 2017
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  • Photo: Asthmatic Kitty
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    A Sun Came

    1. We Are What You Say
    2. A Winner Needs a Wand
    3. Rake
    4. Siamese Twins
    5. Demetrius
    6. Dumb I Sound
    7. Wordsworth's Ridge
    8. Belly Button
    9. Rice Pudding
    10. A Loverless Bed (Without Remission)
    11. Godzuki
    12. Super Sexy Woman
    13. The Oracle Said Wander
    14. Happy Birthday
    15. Jason
    16. Kill
    17. Ya Leil
    18. A Sun Came
    19. Satan's Saxophones

    Pitchfork score: 6/10

    • Release Date: 2000
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  • Photo: Asthmatic Kitty

    1. Year of the Asthmatic Cat
    2. Year of the Monkey
    3. Year of the Rat
    4. Year of the Ox
    5. Year of the Boar
    6. Year of the Tiger
    7. Year of the Snake
    8. Year of the Sheep
    9. Year of the Rooster
    10. Year of the Dragon
    11. Enjoy Your Rabbit
    12. Year of the Dog
    13. Year of the Horse
    14. Year of Our Lord

    Pitchfork score: 7.7/10

    • Release Date: 2001
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