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The Best Traffic Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 694 votes 285 voters 10.2k views9 items

List RulesThis 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. 

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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
    • Length (mins): 00:34:36
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock
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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
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion
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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
    • Length (mins): 00:40:41
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Jazz fusion
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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
    • Length (mins): 00:34:15
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock
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