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The Best The Decemberists Albums, Ranked

Updated May 8, 2019 209 votes 48 voters8 items

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We're ranking the best The Decemberists albums of all time. One of the best indie bands from Oregon, The Decemberists's discography features several popular songs, like "Make You Better" and "January Hymn." What is the greatest The Decemberists album ever?

From their debut album Castaways and Cutouts to their 2018 album I'll Be Your Girl, this list of The Decemberists albums also includes The King Is Dead, The Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, and What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

Vote up the best The Decemberists albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

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    1. The Infanta
    2. We Both Go Down Together
    3. Eli, the Barrow Boy
    4. The Sporting Life
    5. The Bagman's Gambit
    6. From My Own True Love (Lost at Sea)
    7. Sixteen Military Wives
    8. The Engine Driver
    9. On the Bus Mall
    10. The Mariner's Revenge Song
    11. Of Angels and Angles 

    Pitchfork score: 8.3/10      

    • Release Date: 2005
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    1. The Crane Wife
    2. The Island: Come and See/The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Not Feel the Drowning
    3. Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
    4. O Valencia!
    5. The Perfect Crime #2
    6. When the War Came
    7. Shankill Butchers
    8. Summersong
    9. The Crane Wife 1 & 2
    10. Sons & Daughters

    Pitchfork score: 8.4/10           

    • Release Date: 2006
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    1. Don't Carry It All
    2. Calamity Song
    3. Rise to Me
    4. Rox in the Box
    5. January Hymn
    6. Down by the Water
    7. All Arise!
    8. June Hymn
    9. This Is Why We Fight
    10. Dear Avery

    Pitchfork score: 7.2/10

    • Release Date: 2011
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    1. Prelude
    2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
    3. A Bower Scene
    4. Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
    5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
    6. The Queen's Approach
    7. Isn't It a Lovely Night?
    8. The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid
    9. An Interlude
    10. The Rake's Song
    11. The Abduction of Margaret
    12. The Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing
    13. Annan Water
    14. Margaret in Captivity
    15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
    16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (Reprise)
    17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

    Pitchfork score: 5.7/10              

    • Release Date: 2009
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