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The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 2.6k votes 504 voters 18.1k views

List RulesThis 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

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksDon't Let Me Lose This Dream, Drown in My Own Tears, Good Times

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksMoney Won't Change You, Good to Me as I Am to You, Groovin'

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksI Take What I Want, I Can't See Myself Leaving You, Think

    Genres (Music)Soul music, Southern soul

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksOne Way Ticket, The Thrill Is Gone (From Yesterday's Kiss), Spirit in the Dark

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksOh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby), Young, Gifted and Black

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksSoulville, Lee Cross, Don't Say You're Sorry Again

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksAs Long as You Are There, The Sha-La Bandit, Walk Softly

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksRiver's Invitation, Elusive Butterfly, Crazy He Calls Me

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksYou Are My Sunshine, Satisfaction, 96 Tears

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Soul music, Southern soul

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  • 13

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksSon of a Preacher Man, Son of a Preacher Man, Sit Down and Cry

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksLove Me Right (dance version), If She Don't Want Your Lovin', Love Me Right

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksAnother Night, Freeway of Love, Integrity

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksYou Made Me Love You, Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) (take 2), AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Blues

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksSing It Again, Say It Again, With Everything I Feel in Me

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksDo You Still Remember, Jimmy Lee, Jumpin’ Jack Flash

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

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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksThe Woman, I'll Dip, Here We Go Again

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

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  • 23

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    Genres (Music)Gospel music

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  • 24

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  • 25

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksHoldin' On, No Matter What, Only Thing Missin'

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Hip hop music, Soul music, Hip Hop, Rap music

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