The Best Roots Albums of All Time 

Updated October 13, 2018 490 votes 153 voters 3.7k views 14 items

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Before they were Jimmy Fallon's house band, The Roots were known as one of the best alternative rap groups. Check out this complete list of the best Roots albums, including every studio release along with pictures of the album covers. 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.

If you want to know, "What is the best Roots album of all time?" or "What are the top Roots albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Getting their start back in 1989, the Roots have led a long and successful career, releasing a series of great albums. In fact, some albums, like Things Fall Apart, have been certified gold or platinum. Their most notable albums include the aforementioned Things Fall Apart and Phrenology.

This list of popular Roots albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Share your opinion by voting up your favorite albums, while voting any albums down accordingly.

Things Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
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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

Release Date: 1999

Artist: The Roots

Producer: J Dilla, The Grand Wizzards

Tracks: Don't See Us, Without a Doubt, You Got Me (Erykahs Vers.), + more

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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undun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Albums of All Time
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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

Release Date: 2011

Artist: The Roots

Tracks: Lighthouse, I Remember, One Time, + more

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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

Release Date: 1996

Artist: The Roots

Producer: Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

Tracks: No Great Pretender, Push Up Ya Lighter, The Adventures in Wonderland, + more

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Underground hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Jazz rap

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

Release Date: 2006

Artist: The Roots

Producer: J Dilla, The Randy Watson Experience

Tracks: Clock With No Hands, Here I Come, False Media, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hip hop music, Jazz, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, + more

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