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The Best Byrds Albums of All Time 

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

The Byrds are considered one of the best '60s rock bands. List of the best Byrds albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Byrds discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Byrds albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included The Byrds singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Byrds 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 Byrds album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

The L.A.-based psychedelic rock band was led by Roger McGuinn for its nearly 10-year - and highly influential - run. Its debut album in 1965, Mr. Tambourine Man, contained several Bob Dylan songs, including their dreamy folk-pop cover of the title song. 

If you want to know the best Byrds album of all time, this list featuring The Byrds discography will answer your question. Examples include Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Turn! Turn! Turn!, and The Notorious Byrd Brothers. These popular Byrds CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

The Notorious Byrd Broth... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Byrds Albums of All Time
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1. Artificial Energy
2. Goin' Back
3. Natural Harmony
4. Draft Morning
5. Wasn't Born to Follow"
6. Get to You
7. Change Is Now
8. Old John Robertson
9. Tribal Gathering
10. Dolphin's Smile
11. Space Odyssey

Release Date: 1968

Artist: The Byrds

Producer: Gary Usher

Tracks: Draft Morning, Space Odyssey, Tribal Gathering, + more

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Baroque pop

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Younger Than Yesterday ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Byrds Albums of All Time
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1. So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
2. Have You Seen Her Face
3. C.T.A.-102
4. Renaissance Fair
5. Time Between
6. Everybody's Been Burned
7. Thoughts and Words
8. Mind Gardens
9. My Back Pages
10. The Girl with No Name
11. Why

Release Date: 1967

Artist: The Byrds

Producer: Gary Usher

Tracks: Thoughts and Words, Renaissance Fair, Everybody's Been Burned, + more

Length (mins): 00:28:17

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Raga rock

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Mr. Tambourine Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Byrds Albums of All Time
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Mr. Tambourine Man

1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
3. Spanish Harlem Incident
4. You Won't Have to Cry
5. Here Without You
6. The Bells of Rhymney
7. All I Really Want to Do
8. I Knew I'd Want You
9. It's No Use
10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe
11. Chimes of Freedom
12. We'll Meet Again

Release Date: 1965

Artist: The Byrds

Tracks: Mr. Tambourine Man; I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better; Spanish Harlem Incident; You Won't Have to Cry; Here Without You; The Bells of Rhymney; All I Really Want to Do; I Knew I'd Want You; It's No Use; Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe; Chimes of Freedom: We'll Meet Again

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Sweetheart of the Rodeo ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Byrds Albums of All Time
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1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
2. I Am a Pilgrim
3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss Your Water
5. You're Still on My Mind
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind
8. One Hundred Years from Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies
10. Life in Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered

Release Date: 1968

Artist: The Byrds

Producer: Gary Usher

Tracks: Blue Canadian Rockies, The Christian Life, You Don't Miss Your Water, + more

Length (mins): 00:32:12

Label: Columbia

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

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