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Albums The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time  

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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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1
88 12
Lady Soul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1968

2
118 22
I Never Loved a Man the Way I ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

3
68 9
Aretha Now is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1968

4
57 7
Amazing Grace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

5
50 8
Spirit in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

6
55 11
Young, Gifted and Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

7
41 6
This Girl's in Love With You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

8
42 7
Soul '69 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1969

9
36 6
Sparkle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

10
33 8
Let Me In Your Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

11
31 7
Aretha Arrives is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

12
44 18
Who's Zoomin' Who? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

13
31 9
Jump to It is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1982

14
17 2
Unforgettable: A Tribute to Di... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

15
25 7
A Rose Is Still a Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

16
22 5
Sweet Passion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

17
22 5
Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

18
22 6
With Everything I Feel in Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

19
31 14
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1980

20
17 3
Runnin' Out of Fools is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

21
19 5
You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1975

22
21 7
Get It Right is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

23
20 7
Love All the Hurt Away is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

24
22 9
One Lord, One Faith, One Bapti... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

25
23 10
Yeah!!! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1965

26
15 3
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

27
14 3
The Tender, the Moving, the Sw... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

28
14 3
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
Derek Jones added Aretha 1986

29
17 6
The Electrifying Aretha Frankl... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

30
14 4
Songs of Faith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

31
19 9
Sings the Great Diva Classics is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

32
13 5
La Diva is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
1979

33
10 3
Laughing on the Outside is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

34
13 6
Almighty Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

35
14 7
Through the Storm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

36
8 2
The First 12 Sides is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

37
16 10
So Damn Happy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

38
9 4
The Collection is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

39
8 3
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

40
9 5
This Christmas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

41
7 4
Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

42
5 2
Two Sides of Love is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

43
4 3
Laughing on the Outside is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time