The 100 Greatest Singer-Songwriter Albums of All Time
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-27. The Stranger
The Stranger
~ Billy Joel
4.6 out of 5 stars (274 customer reviews)
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Sony Legacy
October 20, 1998
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This, pop superstar Joel's breakout LP, came years after he first hit the charts with the novelty-ish "Piano Man." In the meantime, the New York-based songwriter released two lackluster and stylistically confused platters that blunted interesting songs wit... Read more

-26. Come On Come On
Come On Come On
~ Mary Chapin Carpenter
4.5 out of 5 stars (101 customer reviews)
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January 5, 2008
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-25. A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
~ Shawn Colvin
4.2 out of 5 stars (80 customer reviews)
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February 5, 2008
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-24. Sittin' In
Sittin' In
~ Loggins & Messina
4.8 out of 5 stars (73 customer reviews)
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January 5, 2008
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-23. Woke on a Whaleheart
Woke on a Whaleheart
~ Bill Callahan
2.8 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
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Drag City
April 24, 2007
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Woke on a Whaleheart finds longtime lo-fi pioneer Bill Callahan stepping out under his own name for the first time from behind his nearly 20-year alias known simply as (Smog)--with or without the parentheses depending on the era. This new liberation hardly finds the songwriter indulging in solo album ... Read more

-22. I See a Darkness
I See a Darkness
~ Bonnie Prince Billy
4.7 out of 5 stars (56 customer reviews)
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Palace Records
July 9, 2002
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Will Oldham, the artist formerly known as Palace, has never been concerned with creating pop music. Oldham's forte, murder ballads, antispirituals, dead-sea chanteys, and lost-love songs, has always been "difficult," forcing the listener to confront some r... Read more

-21. New Beginning
New Beginning
~ Tracy Chapman
4.6 out of 5 stars (188 customer reviews)
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Elektra / Wea
November 14, 1995
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-20. Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
~ John Denver
4.6 out of 5 stars (128 customer reviews)
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RCA
October 25, 1990
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-19. Rabbit Fur Coat
Rabbit Fur Coat
~ Jenny Lewis
4.3 out of 5 stars (97 customer reviews)
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Team Love Records
January 24, 2006
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Channeling the evocative storytelling of Laura Nyro and the soulful sexiness of Dusty Springfield, singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis skips all contemporary studio gimmickry to proffer a near-perfect solo debut. The front-woman for indie darlings Rilo Kiley bre... Read more

-18. Lost in Space
Lost in Space
~ Aimee Mann
4.3 out of 5 stars (162 customer reviews)
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SuperEgo Records
August 27, 2002
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Dividing her time between waging war on the music industry and writing sublime pop songs, Aimee Mann shows on her fourth solo album that she is equally adept at both. "Let's hear it for guys like me," she sings over the lilting rhythms and stylish guitar w... Read more

-17. American Pie
American Pie
~ Don McLean
4.5 out of 5 stars (214 customer reviews)
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Capitol
June 24, 2003
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There's an old quote of St. Theresa's that goes something like, "More tears are shed over answered prayers than those that remain unanswered." In other words, be careful what you wish for--you just might get it. Don McLean, like any other singer-songwriter... Read more

-16. History
History
~ Loudon Wainwright III
4.7 out of 5 stars (18 customer reviews)
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Virgin
November 21, 1992
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Loudon Wainwright is arguably the John Updike of post-Dylan singer-songwriters, or at least the Richard Ford. Exposing the foibles of modern life beneath the finely-tuned microscope of his funny, scathing, confessional folk songs, this ... Read more

-15. Prefection
Prefection
~ Cass McCombs
4.3 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
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Monitor Records
February 1, 2005
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Cass McCombs is one of the finest songwriters working in pop today. His songs have compelling dronepop melodies reminiscent of early ... Read more

-14. Welcome To The Cruel World
Welcome To The Cruel World
~ Ben Harper
4.3 out of 5 stars (83 customer reviews)
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Virgin
February 12, 1994
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Ben Harper sounds good on paper. He's a 24-year-old Californian devoted to vintage acoustic guitars, original political songs and the unusual blend of calypso and Mississippi Delta blues--an inspired blend of David Lindley, Tracy Chapman, and Taj Mahal. Un... Read more

-13. Year of the Cat
Year of the Cat
~ Al Stewart
4.7 out of 5 stars (160 customer reviews)
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EMI Europe Generic
September 17, 2001
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-12. Armchair Apocrypha
Armchair Apocrypha
~ Andrew Bird
4.4 out of 5 stars (66 customer reviews)
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Fat Possum Records
March 20, 2007
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Strip away the music of an Andrew Bird song, and you're left with brilliant prose ("across the great chasms and schisms and the sudden aneurysms"), vignettes about mentally fending off plane crashes, infiltrating characters like the kings of Macedonia and ... Read more

-11. For Emma, Forever Ago
For Emma, Forever Ago
~ Bon Iver
4.5 out of 5 stars (358 customer reviews)
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Jagjaguwar
February 19, 2008
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It's hard to believe that For Emma, Forever Ago is the work of one man. But when Justin Vernon's old band split he hauled himself (and presumably plenty of instruments and recording equipment) to his dad's hunting cabin in the woods of Wisconsin for the coldest season and worked ... Read more

-10. Acoustic Soul
Acoustic Soul
~ India.Arie
4.7 out of 5 stars (474 customer reviews)
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Motown Records
March 27, 2001
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India Arie's Acoustic Soul is just as advertised: grooving soul music with an acoustic bent. Arie herself plays guitar, supplemented by strings (instead of synthesizers) and drums (instead of drum machines). The first single, "Video," is a calm, confident ode to self-love, comparing the dreadlocked, petite Arie to the ... Read more

-9. Moon Pix
Moon Pix
~ Cat Power
4.4 out of 5 stars (82 customer reviews)
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Matador Records
September 22, 1998
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Singer Chan Marshall takes intimacy to a new level with the eerily lovely song cycle of ... Read more

-8. Secrets Of The Beehive /  David Sylvian
Secrets Of The Beehive / David Sylvian
~ David Sylvian
4.6 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)
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January 1, 2017
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-7. The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
~ Dashboard Confessional
4.0 out of 5 stars (262 customer reviews)
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Vagrant
April 8, 2005
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Of all the downtrodden intellectuals turning skate-punk into emo, Dashboard Confessional's Christopher Carrabba is by far the most bruised. With just an acoustic guitar and some choice words, the ... Read more

-6. Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee
~ Mirah
3.8 out of 5 stars (17 customer reviews)
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K. Records
March 19, 2002
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Indie chanteuse Mirah continues to lead listeners through sonic tunnels; her second album, ... Read more

-5. Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
~ Devendra Banhart
3.8 out of 5 stars (30 customer reviews)
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Xl Recordings
September 25, 2007
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...gorgeous, often bizarre daydreams from singular singer-songwriter --Rolling Stone... Read more

-4. Extraordinary Machine
Extraordinary Machine
~ Fiona Apple
4.3 out of 5 stars (389 customer reviews)
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Sony Legacy
October 4, 2005
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Fiona Apple, brooding, brainy belter and capital-A artist of near forbidding depth, begins her much gossiped-over third CD on a lark. The title track, one of two songs produced by ... Read more

-3. Resucitar
Resucitar
~ Gian Marco
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
Currently unavailable
Sony U.S. Latin
July 20, 2004
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-2. Two Way Monologue
Two Way Monologue
~ Sondre Lerche
3.9 out of 5 stars (31 customer reviews)
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Parlophone
March 9, 2004
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-1. No More Shall We Part
No More Shall We Part
~ Nick Cave
4.4 out of 5 stars (129 customer reviews)
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Reprise / Mute
April 10, 2001
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No More Shall We Part contains a greater wealth of musical invention and lyrical intelligence in its 68 minutes than most acts manage in an entire career. Cave is not merely in a different league from most of his peers; he's scarcely even playing the same game. No More ... Read more

0. Get Lonely
Get Lonely
~ Mountain Goats
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 customer reviews)
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4AD
August 22, 2006
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On the Mountain Goats' previous albums, songwriter John Darnielle bluntly sang about broken marriages and broken souls. With 2005's ... Read more

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Selection Criteria

In order to qualify for this list, a title must meet the following criteria:
• The majority of the album must be written and performed by the artist under which the album is filed. One or two covers are allowable.
• The album does not necessarily have to be the product of a solo performer. Some albums by groups where one person is the driving force behind the singing and songwriting (i.e. Neutral Milk Hotel, Ben Folds Five) or albums where several singer-songwriters contribute (i.e. Simon & Garfunkel) are eligible.
• The list isn't necessarily limited to folk or rock. Something like Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak could have made the list if it weren't so uneven.
• That said, the artist responsible should be able to perform the album accompanied only by a guitar, piano, etc.
• Of course, our editors exercise their judgment regarding quality and/or historical significance. If you disagree with our choices (and there's a good chance you will), let us know in the customer discussions at the bottom of the page.
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