Loretta Lynn Albums Ranked

Loretta Lynn (néeWebb; born April 14, 1932) is an American singer-songwriter. In a career that spans six decades in country music, Lynn has released multiple gold albums. She is famous for hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” along with the 1980 biographical film of the same name. Lynn has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards from both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and an individual artist. She has been nominated 18 times for a GRAMMY Award and has won 3 times.  Lynn is the most awarded female country recording artist and the only female ACM Artist of the Decade (the 1970s). Lynn has scored 24 No. 1 hit singles and 11 number one albums. Lynn continues to tour, appear at the Grand Ole Opry, and release new albums. Here are all of Loretta Lynn albums ranked.

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7. Loretta Lynn Sings (1963)

“I’m not a huge country fan or anything, but I do tend to like the Nashville sound more than some other sects of the genre. The melodies are solid, and the guitars add a nice touch. The lyrics are about what you’d expect from a country album (a lot of alcohol and adultery).”

6. Making Love From Memory (1982)

“he title single “Making Love From Memory” is hauntingly beautiful, but only charted at #19 on Billboard. “There’s All Kinds of Smoke in the Barroom” is a great country shuffle tune that should have been released as a single. There’s a little bit of everything here but plenty of pedal steel to keep things moving along greatly in the country vein. Compared to today’s wafer thing country offerings, this CD is as country as ducks sitting on the window sill.”

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5. Full Circle (2016)

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“A straight-forward performance from country matriarch Loretta Lynn, her first (I believe) since the critical darling Van Lear Rose in 2004. Being 83, she’s still got it, but I wonder how many records we will be getting from her now that she’s getting older. Good stuff.”

4. Fist City (1968)

“They are great songs, and there is more great listening in the 9 songs between them. Some terrific songs were chosen as covers: “Jackson Ain’t a Very Big Town”, “Somebody’s Back in Town”, “A Satisfied Mind”, “How Long Will It Take”, and “I Don’t Wanna Play House”, and Loretta gives each song the performance it deserves. Other songs here are “You Didn’t Like My Lovin'”, “I’ve Got Texas in My Heart”, “I’m Shootin’ for Tomorrow”, and a particularly strong song written by Loretta’s brother Jay Lee Webb, “You Never Were Mine”. I remember back when I had this in vinyl, this was one of my favorite Loretta Lynn albums.”

3. Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) (1967)

“With this recording, Loretta Lynn was beginning to have creative control in terms of what songs were selected, and chose to include other hits of the time as well as three that she wrote or collaborated on. The title song, Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ was co-written with Loretta’s sister Peggy Sue, a respected country singer as well, was released in 1967 peaked at #1 on the country charts, and #80 on the pop charts.”

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2. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1970)

“The success of this album is that there is no filler. LORETTA chose do covers for most of the songs and although i’m not familiar with all of their original versions, I can say that she nails every single track on here and makes it her own. Although i’m more inclined to get Greatest Hits collections for classic country stars like LORETTA LYNN, in this case i’m glad I own this entire album because it really takes you to a time and place outside of yourself.”

1. Van Lear Rose (2004)

“Van Lear Rose is a good all-around record and serves as a prime late-career peak for Loretta Lynn, but how much is Ms. Lynn, and how much is Jack White? Loretta’s voice is unbelievable for a woman of her age, and her songwriting at its best is still perfect – see the title track for a terrific example. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter is that by the 90s and early 2000s, she was pretty obviously uninspired and not too interested in doing her best work until Jack came along and asked her to make a career-defining record.”