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The Best Traffic Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 547 votes 236 voters 8.6k views 9 items

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

Traffic is considered one of the best classic rock bands of all time. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Traffic albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in Birmingham, England in 1967 by vocalist and keyboardist Steve Winwood, Traffic began as a psych-rock band with their self-titled debut, but soon broadened their sound with John Barleycorn Must Die (1970).

This Traffic discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Traffic albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Traffic singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Traffic 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 Traffic album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

Traffic's debut Mr. Fantasy (1967) and Far from Home (1994) are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list. This list of popular Traffic CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

The Low Spark of High He... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Traffic Albums of All Time
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1. Hidden Treasure
2. The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
3. Light Up or Leave Me Alone
4. Rock & Roll Stew
5. Many a Mile to Freedom
6. Rainmaker

Release Date: 1971

Artist: Traffic

Tracks: Many a Mile to Freedom, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Rainmaker, + more

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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John Barleycorn Must Die... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Traffic Albums of All Time
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1. Glad
2. Freedom Rider
3. Empty Pages
4. Stranger to Himself
5. John Barleycorn (Must Die)
6. Every Mother's Son

Release Date: 1970

Artist: Traffic

Producer: Chris Blackwell, Steve Winwood, Guy Stevens

Tracks: Glad, Freedom Rider, Stranger to Himself, + more

Length (mins): 00:34:36

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Traffic Albums of All Time
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1. You Can All Join In
2. Pearly Queen
3. Don't Be Sad
4. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
5. Feelin' Alright?
6. Vagabond Virgin
7. Forty Thousand Headmen
8. Cryin' to Be Heard
9. No Time to Live
10. Means to an End

Release Date: 1968

Artist: Traffic, Traffic

Producer: Jimmy Miller

Tracks: Don’t Be Sad, Means to an End, Forty Thousand Headmen, + more

Length (mins): 00:40:41

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion, + more

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Mr. Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Traffic Albums of All Time
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1. Heaven Is in Your Mind
2. Berkshire Poppies
3. House for Everyone
4. No Face, No Name, No Number
5. Dear Mr. Fantasy
6. Dealer
7. Utterly Simple
8. Coloured Rain
9. Hope I Never Find Me There
10. Giving to You

Release Date: 1967

Artist: Traffic

Producer: Jimmy Miller

Tracks: Berkshire Poppies, Hope I Never Find Me There, No Face, + more

Length (mins): 00:34:15

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock

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