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The Best Roots Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 545 votes 165 voters 3.9k views14 items

List RulesThis 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.

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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
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Underground hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Jazz rap
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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.)
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
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  • undun is listed (or ranked) 3 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
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
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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
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Hip hop music, Jazz, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
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