Albums The Best Talking Heads Albums of All Time  

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The Talking Heads are considered one of the best art rock bands and greatest musical artists of the 80s and late 70s. Fronted by music genius David Byrne, Talking Heads released some great music over the course of the band's career. Here's a list of the best Talking Heads albums, including pictures of the album covers. This Talking Heads discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Talking Heads albums can and should be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Talking Heads singles, live albums, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums (yes, the live Stop Making Sense album is probably the best place to start if you are new to the Talking Heads, but this list is for hardcore fans). If you think the greatest Talking Heads 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 Talking Heads album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Talking Heads album of all time?" or "What are the top Talking Heads albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Most fans and critics rate Remain in Light and Fear of Music highest, but some prefer the mid-80s period. 

Remain in Light is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talking Heads Albums of All Time
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1. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
2. Crosseyed and Painless
3. The Great Curve
4. Once in a Lifetime
5. Houses in Motion
6. Seen and Not Seen
7. Listening Wind
8. The Overload

Release Date: 1980

Artist: Talking Heads

Tracks: Listening Wind, Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On), Houses in Motion, The Overload, Seen and Not Seen, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, New Wave, World music, Post-punk, Funk, + more

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Fear of Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talking Heads Albums of All Time
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1. I Zimbra
2. Mind
3. Paper
4. Cities
5. Life During Wartime
6. Memories Can't Wait
7. Air
8. Heaven
9. Animals
10. Electric Guitar
11. Drugs

Release Date: 1979

Artist: Talking Heads

Tracks: I Zimbra, Memories Can’t Wait, Mind, Drugs, Life During Wartime, + more

Genres (Music): New Wave, Post-punk, Art rock, Art punk, Dance-rock

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More Songs About Buildings and... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talking Heads Albums of All Time
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1. Thank You for Sending Me an Angel
2. With Our Love
3. The Good Thing
4. Warning Sign
5. The Girls Want to Be with the Girls
6. Found a Job[a]
7. Artists Only
8. I'm Not in Love
9. Stay Hungry
10. Take Me to the River
11. The Big Country

Release Date: 1978

Artist: Talking Heads

Producer: Brian Eno

Tracks: Found a Job, The Big Country, Stay Hungry, Take Me to the River, Artists Only, + more

Length (mins): 00:41:48

Genres (Music): New Wave, Post-punk, Art rock

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Speaking in Tongues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talking Heads Albums of All Time
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4 96 VOTES

1. Burning Down the House
2. Making Flippy Floppy
3. Girlfriend Is Better
4. Slippery People
5. I Get Wild/Wild Gravity
6. Swamp
7. Moon Rocks
8. Pull Up the Roots
9. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

Release Date: 1983

Artist: Talking Heads

Tracks: This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), Making Flippy Floppy, Moon Rocks, Slippery People, Burning Down the House, + more

Genres (Music): New Wave, Synthpop, Funk, Art rock, Art punk

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