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The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 357 votes 137 voters 8.8k views

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

Billie Holiday is widely considered one of the best jazz artists of all time. List of the best Billie Holiday albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Billie Holiday discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Billie Holiday albums can be found at the start of the list. Lady Day's music career spanned over 25 years, despite her passing at only 44 years of age. From her start in Harlem nightclubs to command performances at Carnegie Hall, she is a jazz legend. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier for you, we haven't included Billie Holiday singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Billie Holiday 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 Billie Holiday album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the Best Billie Holiday album of all time, this list will answer your questions. It's made up of a variety of different albums, including Lady in Satin, Lady Sings the Blues, and An Evening with Billie Holiday. This list of popular Billie Holiday CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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Lady in Satin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1958); Tracks: Violets for Your Furs, For Heaven's Sake & But Beautiful

Producer: Irving Townsend

Genres (Music): Pop music, Jazz, Vocal jazz, Blues, Traditional pop music

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Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1956); Tracks: Good Morning, Heartache & Lady Sings the Blues

Genres (Music): Jazz

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All or Nothing at All is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1958); Tracks: Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good), Cheek to Cheek & Love Is Here to Stay

Genres (Music): Jazz, Vocal jazz

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Songs for Distingu&eacut... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1957); Tracks: I Didn't Know What Time It Was, One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) & Day in Day Out

Length (mins): 00:33:02

Genres (Music): Jazz, Vocal jazz

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Body and Soul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1957); Tracks: Darn That Dream, Comes Love & Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Genres (Music): Jazz

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An Evening with Billie H... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1953); Tracks: I Can't Face the Music, Remember & Lover Come Back to Me

Genres (Music): Jazz

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Billie Holiday Sings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1952); Tracks: Blue Moon, These Foolish Things & You Go to My Head
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Music for Torching is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Strange Fruit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1989); Tracks: I'll Get By, Embraceable You & Lover Come Back to Me
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Stay with Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday (1958); Tracks: Always, I Wished on the Moon & Everything Happens to Me

Genres (Music): Jazz

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The Man I Love 1937-1939... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Velvet Mood: Songs by Bi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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In Rehearsal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Fine and Mellow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
By Billie Holiday; Tracks: Don't Explain, Swing Brother Swing & Lover Man
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Lonely Blue Child... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Cabu Jazz Masters - Une ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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American Legends is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Feeling Swing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Lady Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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I Wonder Where Our Love ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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In Memoriam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Songs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Gallant Lady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time
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Billie Holiday (Metro) ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Billie Holiday Albums of All Time