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The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 1.9k votes 451 voters 15.9k views

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

Not only is Aretha Franklin an icon, she's one of the best soul singers and best female vocalists of all time. This list features the best Aretha Franklin albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Aretha Franklin discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Aretha Franklin albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Aretha Franklin singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Aretha Franklin 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 Aretha Franklin album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Aretha Franklin album of all time?" or "What are the top Aretha Franklin albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Throughout her long and prolific career, Aretha Franklin released a series of incredible albums, proving she was one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. Some of her best albums range from Lady Soul to I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, but the list here includes all Aretha Franklin albums—to be ranked by you.

This list of popular Aretha Franklin albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Share your own opinion by voting up your favorite albums below, and voting down any albums to ultimately rank them all starting with the very best. 

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I Never Loved a Man the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1967); Tracks: Don't Let Me Lose This Dream, Drown in My Own Tears & Good Times

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Soul music, Southern soul, Memphis soul

2
Lady Soul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1968); Tracks: Money Won't Change You, Good to Me as I Am to You & Groovin'

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Soul music, Southern soul, Memphis soul

3
Aretha Now is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1968); Tracks: I Take What I Want, I Can't See Myself Leaving You & Think

Genres (Music): Soul music, Southern soul

4
Amazing Grace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
5
Young, Gifted and Black ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1972); Tracks: Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby), Young & Gifted and Black

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Southern soul

6
Spirit in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1970); Tracks: One Way Ticket, The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss) & Spirit in the Dark

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Soul music, Southern soul

7
Soul '69 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1969); Tracks: River's Invitation, Elusive Butterfly & Crazy He Calls Me

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Jazz

8
This Girl's in Love With... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1970); Tracks: Son of a Preacher Man, Son of a Preacher Man & Sit Down and Cry

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music

9
Sparkle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
10
Who's Zoomin' Who? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1985); Tracks: Another Night, Freeway of Love & Integrity

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Dance music, Contemporary R&B

11
Jump to It is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1982); Tracks: Love Me Right (dance version), If She Don't Want Your Lovin' & Love Me Right

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Quiet storm, Smooth soul

12
Aretha Arrives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1967); Tracks: You Are My Sunshine, Satisfaction & 96 Tears

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Soul music, Southern soul

13
Let Me In Your Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1974); Tracks: With Pen in Hand, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing & I'm in Love

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

14
A Rose Is Still a Rose ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1998); Tracks: The Woman, I'll Dip & Here We Go Again

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Hip hop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Urban contemporary

15
Hey Now Hey (The Other S... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1973); Tracks: Angel, Somewhere & Moody's Mood

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Soul music, Southern soul

16
With Everything I Feel i... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1974); Tracks: Sing It Again, Say It Again & With Everything I Feel in Me

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

17
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1980); Tracks: United Together, What a Fool Believes & Take Me With You

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Soul music, Funk

18
Sweet Passion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music

19
Unforgettable: A Tribute... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1964); Tracks: Soulville, Lee Cross & Don't Say You're Sorry Again

Genres (Music): Pop music, Soul music, Vocal jazz, Blues

20
Get It Right is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1983); Tracks: Every Girl (Wants My Guy), Better Friends Than Lovers & Giving In

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

21
One Lord, One Faith, One... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
22
Yeah!!! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Vocal jazz

23
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
24
You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1975); Tracks: As Long as You Are There, The Sha-La Bandit & Walk Softly

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Disco

25
The Electrifying Aretha ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
By Aretha Franklin (1962); Tracks: You Made Me Love You, Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) (take 2) & AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Blues