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

If you want to know, "What is the best National album of all time?" or "What are the top National albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Examples include Boxer and Alligator.

This list of popular National CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. You can use this fact-based list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social sites you frequent.

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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
Boxer 2007

1. Fake Empire
2. Mistaken for Strangers
3. Brainy
4. Squalor Victoria
5. Green Gloves
6. Slow Show[26]
7. Apartment Story
8. Start a War
9. Guest Room
10. Racing Like a Pro
11. Ada
12. Gospel"

71 27
High Violet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
High Violet 2010

1. Terrible Love
2. Sorrow
3. Anyone's Ghost
4. Little Faith
5. Afraid of Everyone
6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
7. Lemonworld
8. Runaway
9. Conversation 16
10. England
11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

66 25
Trouble Will Find Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
Trouble Will Find Me 2013

1. I Should Live in Salt
2. Demons
3. Don't Swallow the Cap
4. Fireproof
5. Sea of Love
6. Heavenfaced
7. This Is the Last Time
8. Graceless
9. Slipped
10. I Need My Girl
11. Humiliation
12. Pink Rabbits
13. Hard to Find

38 7
Sleep Well Beast is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
Sleep Well Beast 2017

1. Nobody Else Will Be There
2. Day I Die
3. Walk It Back
4. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
5. Born to Beg
6. Turtleneck
7. Empire Line
8. I'll Still Destroy You
9. Guilty Party
10. Carin at the Liquor Store
11. Dark Side of the Gym
12. Sleep Well Beast

62 26
Alligator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
Alligator 2005

1. Secret Meeting
2. Karen
3. Lit Up
4. Looking for Astronauts
5. Daughters of the SoHo Riots
6. Baby, We'll Be Fine
7. Friend of Mine
8. Val Jester
9. All the Wine
10. Abel
11. The Geese of Beverly Road
12. City Middle
13. Mr. November

23 12
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers 2003

1. Cardinal Song
2. Slipping Husband
3. 90-Mile Water Wall
4. It Never Happened
5. Murder Me Rachael
6. Thirsty
7. Available
8. Sugar Wife
9. Trophy Wife
10. Fashion Coat
11. Patterns of Fairytales
12. Lucky You

13 13
The National is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best National Albums of All Time
The National 2001

1. Beautiful Head
2. Cold Girl Fever
3. The Perfect Song
4. American Mary
5. Son
6. Pay for Me
7. Bitters & Absolut
8. John's Star
9. Watching You Well
10. Theory of the Crows
11. 29 Years
12. Anna Freud