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The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 576 votes 175 voters 5.0k views18 items

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

Carole King is widely considered one of the best singer/songwriters of all time. Here, you'll find a complete list of not just the best Carole King albums, but every studio album from her career. This Carole King discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Carole King albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Carole King singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Carole King 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 Carole King album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Carole King album of all time?" or "What are the top Carole King albums?" then this list will answer your questions. First getting started in 1958, Carole King has lead a long and prolific career. She's easily one of the greatest female singers and songwriters of all time, with multiple number-one albums, among other great achievements. The list here includes every studio album from Tapestry to Wrap.

This list of popular Carole King albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. You can share your opinion by voting up your favorite albums and voting down any you feel should be lower on the list.

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  • 1
    Tapestry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    ArtistCarole King

    TracksYou’ve Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, Beautiful

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Folk rock

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    Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    Music

    1971
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  • 3
    Rhymes & Reasons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksBitter With the Sweet, Peace in the Valley, Stand Behind Me

    Length (mins)00:35:50

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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    Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    ArtistCarole King

    TracksFantasy Beginning, You've Been Around Too Long, Directions

    Genres (Music)Soft rock, Pop rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    Thoroughbred is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    ArtistCarole King

    TracksAmbrosia, Still Here Thinking of You, So Many Ways

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Adult contemporary music, Soft rock

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    Wrap Around Joy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    ProducerLou Adler

    TracksSweet Adonis, Nightingale, Jazzman

    Length (mins)00:42:23

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock

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  • 7
    Touch the Sky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksDreamlike I Wander, Walk With Me (I'll Be Your Companion), Time Gone By

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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    Writer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    Writer

    1970

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksNo Easy Way Down, Sweet Sweetheart, Eventually

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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  • 9
    Simple Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksHold On, You're The One Who Knows, Hard Rock Cafe

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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  • 10
    City Streets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksAin't That the Way, Legacy, Sweet Life

    Length (mins)00:43:19

    Genres (Music)Rock music

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  • 11
    Welcome Home is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksChanges, Disco Tech, Everybody's Got the Spirit

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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  • 12
    Love Makes the World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    ProducerBabyface

    TracksI Don't Know, It Could Have Been Anyone, You Will Find Me There

    Length (mins)00:45:59

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock, Blue-eyed soul

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  • 13
    Pearls: Songs Of Goffin And Ki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksLocomotion, Hey Girl, Snow Queen

    Length (mins)00:33:11

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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  • 14
    Really Rosie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    ArtistCarole King

    TracksOne Was Johnny, Such Sufferin', Screaming and Yelling

    Length (mins)00:33:25

    Genres (Music)Soft rock, Children's music

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  • 15
    One to One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time
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    A Holiday Carole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, New Year's Day, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Christmas music

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    Speeding Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksSpeeding Time, Alabaster Lady, Dancing

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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    Colour of Your Dreams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Carole King Albums of All Time

    ArtistCarole King

    TracksColour of Your Dreams, Hold Out for Love, Wishful Thinking

    Length (mins)00:47:29

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music

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