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The Best James Brown Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 724 votes 139 voters 7.2k views 85 items

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

James Brown, aka The Godfather of Soul, is one of the best R&B singers and is one of the greatest soul singers of all time. List of the best James Brown albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This James Brown discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top James Brown albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included James Brown singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest James Brown 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 James Brown album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best James Brown album of all time?" or "What are the top James Brown albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List features albums like Get on the Good Foot and The Payback.

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The Payback is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1973); Tracks: Doing the Best I Can, Forever Suffering & Mind Power

Length (mins): 01:13:06

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Funk

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Hot Pants is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1971); Tracks: Can't Stand It, Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants) & Blues & Pants

Label: Polydor Records

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Hell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1974); Tracks: Papa Don't Take No Mess, Sayin' and Doin' It & Stormy Monday

Genres (Music): Soul music, Funk

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There It Is is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1972); Tracks: Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing, I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) & King Heroin

Label: Polydor Records

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

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Get on the Good Foot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1972); Tracks: My Part / Make It Funky, Parts 3 & 4 & I Got a Bag of My Own

Label: Polydor Records

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

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Say It Loud - I'm Black ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Black Caesar [motion pic... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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It's a Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Reality is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Get Up Offa That Thing ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1976); Tracks: Get Up Offa That Thing, Can't Take It With You & You Took My Heart
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The Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Ain't It Funky is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1970); Tracks: Use Your Mother, Give It Up Turn It Loose & After You Done It

Label: Starday and King Records

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

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Please Please Please is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown & The Famous Flames and James Brown (1959); Tracks: Hold My Baby's Hand, I Walked Alone & Love or a Game

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Soul music

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Hot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
Hot
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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Bodyheat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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It's a New Day - Let a M... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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I Can't Stand Myself Whe... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown & The Famous Flames (1968); Tracks: Funky Soul 1, Get It Together & Part 2
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Jam 1980's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Think! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
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Cold Sweat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown & The Famous Flames and James Brown (1967); Tracks: Nature Boy, Good Rockin' Tonight & Back Stabbin'
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James Brown Sings Raw So... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1967); Tracks: Nobody Knows, Bring It Up & Stone Fox

Length (mins): 00:34:39

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Gettin' Down to It is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
By James Brown (1969); Tracks: That's Life, There Was a Time & Sunny
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Night Train is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best James Brown Albums of All Time
Night Train