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The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 2.2k votes 466 voters 16.4k 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
    I Never Loved a Man the Way I  is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    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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    Lady Soul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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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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    Aretha Now is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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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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    Amazing Grace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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    Young, Gifted and Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    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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    Spirit in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

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

    1980

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksUnited Together, What a Fool Believes, Take Me With You

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

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    This Girl's in Love With You is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    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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    Soul '69 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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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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    Love All the Hurt Away is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksLove All the Hurt Away, Kind of Man, Hold On I'm Comin'

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music

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    Sparkle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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    Aretha Arrives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksYou Are My Sunshine, Satisfaction, 96 Tears

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Soul music, Southern soul

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    Jump to It is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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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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    Who's Zoomin' Who? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    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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    Let Me In Your Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksWith Pen in Hand, Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, I'm in Love

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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  • 16
    Almighty Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    With Everything I Feel in Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

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

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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    Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksAngel, Somewhere, Moody's Mood

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Soul music, Southern soul

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    A Rose Is Still a Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    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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    Sweet Passion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    ArtistAretha Franklin

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    Unforgettable: A Tribute to Di is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time

    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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    Aretha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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    Get It Right is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    TracksEvery Girl (Wants My Guy), Better Friends Than Lovers, Giving In

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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    Yeah!!! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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    ArtistAretha Franklin

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Vocal jazz

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    You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time
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    You

    1975

    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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