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

The Chrissie Hynde-led rock band came together in 1978, its eponymous debut studio album featured the catchy single "Brass in Pocket." The 1984 release Learning to Crawl was another high point, containing mega hit "Back on the Chain Gang."

If you want to know the best Pretenders album of all time, this list of The Pretenders albums will answer your question. Examples include Last of the Independents (1994) and ¡Viva El Amor! (1999). These popular Pretenders CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

Learning to Crawl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pretenders Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1983

Artist: The Pretenders

Tracks: Back on the Chain Gang, My City Was Gone, Thin Line Between Love & Hate, + more

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, New Wave

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Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pretenders Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1979

Artist: The Pretenders

Producer: Chris Thomas

Tracks: Mystery Achievement, Tattooed Love Boys, Stop Your Sobbing, + more

Length (mins): 00:47:07

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, New Wave, Punk rock

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Pretenders II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pretenders Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1981

Artist: The Pretenders

Producer: Chris Thomas

Tracks: Pack It Up, Louie Louie, The English Roses, + more

Length (mins): 00:46:44

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, New Wave, Punk rock

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Last of the Independents... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pretenders Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1994

Artist: The Pretenders

Producer: Chris Thomas, Stephen Street, Ian Stanley

Tracks: Night in My Veins, All My Dreams, Love Colours, + more

Length (mins): 00:49:17

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music

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