Albums The Best Velvet Underground Albums of All Time  

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With one of the best frontmen in rock history, The Velvet Underground are considered one of the best art rock bands and best rock bands of all time. This list of the best Velvet Underground albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Velvet Underground discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Velvet Underground albums can be found at the top of the list. Led by Lou Reed, the Velvets emerged from Andy Warhol's Factory in NYC in the late 1960s. The band's sound is often described as proto-punk, due to the distinct attitude and edge of both the music and the lyrics. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Velvet Underground singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Velvet Underground album isn't ranked highly enough, 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 Velvet Underground album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the best Velvet Underground album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums include The Velvet Underground and Nico, Loaded, and White Light/White Heat. These popular Velvet Underground CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Velvet Underground Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1967

Artist: Nico, The Velvet Underground

Tracks: There She Goes Again, I’ll Be Your Mirror, Run Run Run, Femme Fatale, I’m Waiting for the Man, All Tomorrow’s Parties, The Black Angel’s Death Song, Sunday Morning, Heroin, Venus in Furs, European Son

Length (mins): 00:48:59

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Drone music, Dream pop, Garage rock, + more

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#79 on The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

#19 on The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

#16 on The 50 Greatest Albums Released Between 1960 - 1969

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Velvet Underground Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1969

Artist: The Velvet Underground

Tracks: That’s the Story of My Life, Some Kinda Love, Jesus, The Murder Mystery, What Goes On, Pale Blue Eyes, Afterhours, Candy Says, I’m Set Free, Beginning to See the Light

Length (mins): 00:44:05

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Dream pop, Experimental rock, + more

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White Light/White Heat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Velvet Underground Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1968

Artist: The Velvet Underground

Tracks: Sister Ray, I Heard Her Call My Name, The Gift, Here She Comes Now, Lady Godiva’s Operation, I Heard Her Call My Name, White Light/White Heat

Length (mins): 00:40:14

Genres (Music): Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Art rock, Avant-garde, + more

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Loaded is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Velvet Underground Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1970

Artist: The Velvet Underground

Tracks: Cool It Down, I Found a Reason, Who Loves the Sun, Head Held High, Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, Rock & Roll, Lonesome Cowboy Bill, New Age, Sweet Jane, Train Round the Bend

Length (mins): 00:39:18

Label: Cotillion Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Experimental rock, Art rock, + more

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