Albums The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time  

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

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. 

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52 7
Rain Dogs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time
Rain Dogs 1985

2
50 11
Swordfishtrombones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

3
48 13
Mule Variations is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

4
39 10
Bone Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

5
29 5
Small Change is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

6
31 8
Franks Wild Years is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

7
33 11
Closing Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

8
27 8
Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & B... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

9
22 7
Blue Valentine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

10
24 9
Heartattack and Vine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

11
24 9
Real Gone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time
Real Gone 2004

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23 9
Alice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time
Alice 2002

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20 7
Bad as Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time
Bad as Me 2011

14
25 12
The Heart of Saturday Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

15
20 9
Blood Money is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

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9 4
Foreign Affairs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

17
9 4
The Black Rider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

18
6 4
One From the Heart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

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4 5
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Y... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

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1 4
Night on Earth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time

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1 5
The Classic Interviews is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tom Waits Albums of All Time