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The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 1.4k votes 270 voters 9.6k views15 items

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

The Carpenters were the brother and sister duo of lead vocalist and drummer Karen Carpenter, and pianist and harmony vocalist Richard Carpenter. The California-born siblings had a string of soft rock hits, primarily in the late '70s and early '80s, before Karen's untimely death in 1983. 

If you want to know the best Carpenters album of all time, or the top Carpenters albums, this list will answer your questions. It includes HorizonPassage, and Lovelines. This list of popular Carpenters CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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  • A Song for You
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    1. A Song for You
    2. Top of the World
    3. Hurting Each Other
    4. It's Going to Take Some Time
    5. Goodbye to Love
    6. Intermission  
    7. Bless the Beasts and Children
    8. Flat Baroque
    9. Piano Picker
    10. I Won't Last a Day Without You
    11. Crystal Lullaby
    12. Road Ode
    13. A Song for You

    • Release Date: 1972
    • Artist: The Carpenters
    • Tracks: Top of the World, I Won't Last a Day Without You, Goodbye to Love
    • Length (mins): 00:37:19
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  • Carpenters
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    1. Rainy Days And Mondays
    2. Saturday
    3. Let Me Be The One
    4. (A Place To) Hideaway
    5. For All We Know
    6. Superstar
    7. Druscilla Penny
    8. One Love 
    9. Bacharach/David Medley

    • Release Date: 1971
    • Artist: The Carpenters
    • Tracks: Rainy Days and Mondays, For All We Know, Druscilla Penny
    • Length (mins): 00:31:29
    • Genres (Music): Soft rock, Traditional pop music
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  • Horizon
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    1. Aurora
    2. Only Yesterday
    3. Desperado
    4. Please Mr. Postman
    5. I Can Dream, Can't I?
    6. Solitaire
    7. Happy
    8. (I'm Caught Between) Goodbye and I Love You
    9.Love Me for What I Am
    10. Eventide

    • Release Date: 1975
    • Artist: The Carpenters
    • Tracks: Please Mr. Postman, I Can Dream Can't I, Love Me for What I Am
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Easy listening
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  • Close to You
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    1. We've Only Just Begun
    2. Love Is Surrender
    3. Maybe It's You
    4. Reason to Believe
    5. Help
    6. (They Long to Be) Close to You
    7. Baby It's You
    8. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
    9. Crescent Noon
    10. Mr. Guder
    11. I Kept On Loving You
    12. Another Song

    • Release Date: 1970
    • Artist: The Carpenters
    • Tracks: I'll Never Fall in Love Again, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Maybe It's You
    • Length (mins): 00:39:05
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