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The Best Byrds Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 1.2k votes 316 voters 8.6k views12 items

List RulesThis 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. 

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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
    • Length (mins): 00:28:17
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Raga rock
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  • The Notorious Byrd Brothers
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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
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Baroque pop
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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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  • 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
    • Length (mins): 00:32:12
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Country, Folk rock, Country rock
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