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Before they were Jimmy Fallon's house band, The Roots were known as one of the best alternative rap groups. List of the best Roots albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Roots discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Roots albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included The Roots singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Roots 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 Roots album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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undun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
undun 2011

1. Dun
2. Sleep
3. Make My
4. One Time
5. Kool On
6. The OtherSide
7. Stomp
8. Lighthouse
9. I Remember
10. Tip the Scale
11. Redford
12. Possibility
13. Will to Power
14. Finality

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Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Things Fall Apart 1999

1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart)
2. Table of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)
3. The Next Movement
4. Step Into the Realm
5. The Spark
6. Dynamite!
7. Without a Doubt
8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
9. Double Trouble
10. Act Too (The Love of My Life)
11. 100% Dundee
12. Diedre vs. Dice
13. Adrenaline!
14. 3rd Acts: ? vs. Scratch 2 ... Electric Boogaloo
15. You Got Me
16. Don't See Us
17. The Return to Innocence Lost
18. Untitled

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Illadelph Halflife is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Illadelph Halflife 1996

1. Intro
2. Respond / React
3. Section
4. Panic!!!!!
5. It Just Don't Stop
6. Episodes
7. Push Up Ya Lighter
8. What They Do
9. ? Vs. Scratch
10. Concerto Of The Desperado
11. Clones
12. UNIverse At War
13. No Alibi
14. Dave Vs. US
15. No Great Pretender
16. The Hypnotic
17. Ital (The Universal Side)
18. One Shine
19. The Adventures In Wonderland
20. Outro

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Game Theory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Game Theory 2006

1. Dilltastic Vol Won(derful)
2. False Media
3. Game Theory
4. Don't Feel Right
5. In the Music
6. Take It There
7. Baby
8. Here I Come
9. Long Time
10. Livin' in a New World
11. Clock with No Hands
12. Atonement
13. Can't Stop This

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How I Got Over is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
How I Got Over 2010

1. A Peace of Light
2. Walk Alone
3. Dear God 2.0
4. Radio Daze
5. Now or Never
6. How I Got Over
7. DillaTUDE: The Flight of Titus
8. The Day
9. Right On
10. Doin' It Again
11. The Fire
12. Tunnel Vision
13. Web 20/20
14. Hustla

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Do You Want More?!!!??! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Do You Want More?!!!??! 1995

1. Intro/There's Something Goin' On
2. Proceed
3. Distortion to Static
4. Mellow My Man
5. I Remain Calm
6. Datskat
7. Lazy Afternoon
8. ? vs. Rahzel
9. Do You Want More?!!!??!
10. What Goes On, Pt. 7
11. Essaywhuman?!!!??!
12. Swept Away
13. You Ain't Fly
14. Silent Treatment
15. The Lesson Pt. 1
16. The Unlocking

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Phrenology is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Phrenology 2002

1. Phrentrow
2. Rock You
3. !!!!!!!
4. Sacrifice
5. Rolling with Heat
6. WAOK (Ay) Rollcall
7. Thought @ Work
8. The Seed (2.0)
9. Break You Off
10. Water
11. Quills
12. Pussy Galore
13. Complexity
14. Something in the Way of Things (In Town)

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Rising Down is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Rising Down 2008

1. The Pow Wow
2. Rising Down
3. Get Busy
4. @15
5. 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)
6. Becoming Unwritten
7. Criminal
8. I Will Not Apologize
9. I Can't Help It
10. Singing Man
11. Unwritten
12. Lost Desire
13. The Show
14. Rising Up

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...And Then You Shoot Your Cou... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

1. Theme from the Middle of the Night
2. Never
3. When the People Cheer
4. The Devil
5. Black Rock
6. Understand
7. Dies Irae
8. The Coming
9. The Dark (Trinity)
10. The Unraveling
11. Tomorrow

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The Tipping Point is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
The Tipping Point 2004

1. Star/Pointro
2. I Don't Care
3. Don't Say Nuthin'
4. Guns Are Drawn
5. Stay Cool
6. Web
7. Boom!
8. Somebody's Gotta Do It
9. Duck Down!
10. Why (What's Goin' On?)

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Organix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Organix 1993

1. The Roots Is Comin'
2. Pass the Popcorn
3. The Anti-Circle
4. Writer's Block
5. Good Music (Prelude)
6. Good Music
7. Grits
8. Leonard I-V
9. I'm Out Deah
10. Essawhamah?
11. There's a Riot Going On
12. Popcorn Revisited
13. Peace
14. Common Dust
15. The Session (Longest Posse Cut in History, 12:43)
16. Syreeta's Having My Baby
17. Carryin' On

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Wake Up! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Wake Up! 2010

1. Hard Times
2. Compared to What
3. Wake Up Everybody
4. Our Generation (The Hope of the World)
5. Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude)
6. Little Ghetto Boy
7. Hang on in There
8. Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)
9. Wholy Holy  
Renaldo Benson Al Cleveland Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye    5:50
10. I Can't Write Left Handed
11. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
12. Shine

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Wise Up Ghost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Wise Up Ghost 2013

1. Walk Us Uptown
2. Sugar Won't Work
3. Refuse To Be Saved
4. Wake Me Up
5. Tripwire
6. Stick Out Your Tongue
7. Come The Meantimes
8. (She Might Be A) Grenade
9. Cinco Minutos Con Vos
10. Viceroy's Row
11. Wise Up Ghost
12. If I Could Believe

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Betty Wright: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
Betty Wright: The Movie 2011

1.Old Songs
2.Real Woman
3.In the Middle of the Game (Don't Change the Play)"
4.Surrender
5.Grapes on a Vine
6.Look Around (Be a Man)
7.Tonight Again
8.Hollywould
9.Whisper in the Wind
10.Baby Come Back
11.So Long, So Wrong
12.You and Me, Leroy
13.The One
14.Go!