Harry Styles Albums Ranked

Let us just start by saying, there isn’t a Harry Styles album we would dare call bad. Every single one of his releases are stellar in their own way. From the ’70s rock pastiche in his debut record to the alt-pop tones in his latest, Styles has long proved his chops as a solo musician.

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That being said, find our definitive ranking, below.

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3. Harry’s House

Harry’s House is undoubtedly Styles’ splashiest record. The bright, blithe tones fully push Styles into pop star status. He throws any semblance of his rock roots to the wind and instead jumps headfirst into more modern sensibilities. He undoubtedly delivered his biggest hits with this record. Nevertheless, we have to put it in last place.

The record has bright moments, but it’s not as touching as Harry Styles and not as cohesive as Fine Line. Perhaps Harry’s House is statistically his best record, but stylistically we prefer his first two.

2. Harry Styles

We have to give second place to Styles’ self-titled, debut album. Acting as his solo introduction to the world, Harry Styles opened up a new sonic direction for the former boybander. Instead of bubble-gum pop tones, Styles turned his attention toward his ’70s rock icons. The influence of everyone from Mick Jagger to Stevie Nicks can be felt in this album.

While some may feel this album was a little derivative, we can’t help but feel comfort whenever this one comes on. It drums up nostalgia for both the ’70s and for the early days of Styles’ career.

1. Fine Line

First place has to go to Fine Line. His sophomore release is the perfect mixture between the sonic direction of his icons and his own unique musical style. It has more up-tempo bangers than Harry Styles but doesn’t completely depart from the introspective musings he established on that record. Moreover, it has more thematic depth than Harry’s House.

Fine Line will always have a special place in our hearts. With this album, Styles steps out on his own and takes musical risks, but it also has enough of what made us love him in the first place.

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