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The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time 

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Updated May 24, 2018 779 votes 236 voters 5.7k views

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

List of the best Yo La Tengo albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Yo La Tengo discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Yo La Tengo albums can be found at the top of the list. YLT are an indie rock band who have a rabid fan following, in the face of a major commercial breakthrough. They're also critical darlings known for a genre-crossing blend of noise pop and shoegazing. 

To make it easy for you, we haven't included Yo La Tengo singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Yo La Tengo 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 Yo La Tengo album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the best Yo La Tengo album of all time, this list will answer your question. It's made up of albums like I Can Hear the Heart Beating as OneFakebook, and Strange But True. This list of popular Yo La Tengo CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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I Can Hear the Heart Bea... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1997); Tracks: Damage, Center of Gravity & Moby Octopad

Length (mins): 01:08:18

Genres (Music): Rock music, Indie rock, Folk music, Experimental music, Noise pop

2
Painful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1993); Tracks: From a Motel 6, I Was the Fool Beside You for Too Long & I Heard You Looking

Length (mins): 00:49:00

Genres (Music): Rock music, Indie rock, Shoegazing

3
And Then Nothing Turned ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1999); Tracks: Tears Are In Your Eyes, Last Days of Disco & Tired Hippo

Length (mins): 00:59:57

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Indie rock, Dream pop

4
I Am Not Afraid of You a... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (2006); Tracks: Sometimes I Don’t Get You, I Should Have Known Better & Pass the Hatchet

Length (mins): 01:09:22

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Indie rock

5
Electr‐O‐Pura is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1995); Tracks: The Ballad of Red Buckets, False Alarm & Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)

Length (mins): 00:58:32

Genres (Music): Indie rock, Noise pop

6
Summer Sun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (2003); Tracks: Season of the Shark, Today Is the Day & Winter A‐Go‐Go

Genres (Music): Indie rock

7
Fade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (2013); Tracks: I’ll Be Around, Cornelia and Jane & Paddle Forward

Genres (Music): Indie rock

8
There's a Riot Going On ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
There's a Riot Going On
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Fakebook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1990); Tracks: Oklahoma, U. S. A. & Speeding Motorcycle

Length (mins): 00:44:24

Genres (Music): Rock music

10
Popular Songs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (2009); Tracks: All Your Secrets, By Two’s & If It’s True

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Indie rock

11
Stuff Like That There is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
Stuff Like That There
12
May I Sing With Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1992); Tracks: 86-second Blowout, Mushroom Cloud of Hiss & Swing for Life

Length (mins): 00:54:19

Genres (Music): Rock music

13
President Yo La Tengo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
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Ride the Tiger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1986); Tracks: The Forest Green, Big Sky & The Evil That Men Do

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music

15
New Wave Hot Dogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (1987); Tracks: Lost in Bessemer, Lewis & The Story of Jazz

Genres (Music): Rock music, Indie rock

16
The Sounds of the Sounds... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (2002); Tracks: How Some Jellyfish Are Born, The Sea Horse & Acera or the Witches' Dance

Length (mins): 01:17:14

Genres (Music): Instrumental, Rock music

17
Strange but True is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo and Jad Fair (1998); Tracks: National Sports Association Hires Retired English Professor to Name New Wrestling Holds, Car Gears Stick in Reverse & Daring Driver Crosses Town Backwards

Length (mins): 00:40:59

Genres (Music): Indie rock

18
Yo La Tengo Is Murdering... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
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They Shoot, We Score is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
20
V.O.T.E. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo and Chris Stamey (2005); Tracks: McCauley Street (Let's Go Downtown), Desperate Man & The Summer Sun Again
21
The Original Score From ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Yo La Tengo Albums of All Time
By Yo La Tengo (2009); Tracks: Why Do You Have That Stupid Shirt, A Giant Ass Panda (Alt 1) & I Think I'm In Love (Alt 1)