Tom Waits is one of the best singer/songwriters of all time, hands down. This list of the best Tom Waits albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Tom Waits discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Tom Waits albums can be found at the top of the list. Waits emerged from the singer/songwriter era of the early '70s with his debut album, Closing Time (1973), full of melodic material with a piano bar vibe. Later work saw him move into more experimental, industrial territory, such as on Swordfishtrombones (1983).
To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Tom Waits singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Tom Waits album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Tom Waits album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.
If you want to know what is the best Tom Waits album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Foreign Affairs (1977) to Rain Dogs (1985) to Night on Earth (1992). These popular Tom Waits CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion.