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The Best John Coltrane Albums of All Time

Updated August 29, 2019 3.7k votes 549 voters 12.9k views65 items

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

John Coltrane is widely considered one of the best jazz musicians of all time and this list of the best John Coltrane albums includes all his best work, as ranked by fans and jazz lovers. Thanks to fan votes, this John Coltrane discography is ranked from best to worst, with the top John Coltrane albums at the top of the list. This list does not include John Coltrane singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums.

What is the best John Coltrane album of all time? The saxophonist and composer is easily one of the jazz greats of the 1960s, with classic albums like A Love Supreme and Blue Train.

This list of popular John Coltrane CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion - and if you think the greatest John Coltrane album still isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote if up as well.

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  • 1
    A Love Supreme

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksA Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement, A Love Supreme

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Post-bop, Avant-garde jazz, Modal jazz

    A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet in December 1964 and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Giant Steps
    177
    29

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksSpiral, Cousin Mary, Giant Steps

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Bebop, Hard bop

    Giant Steps is the fifth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane as leader, released in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    My Favorite Things

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerNesuhi Ertegün

    TracksMy Favorite Things, Summertime, But Not for Me

    Length (mins)00:40:39

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz, Modal jazz

    My Favorite Things is the seventh studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Blue Train
    177
    38

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerAlfred Lion

    TracksI'm Old Fashioned, Moment’s Notice, Blue Train

    Length (mins)00:42:15

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Hard bop

    Blue Train is the second studio album by John Coltrane, released in 1957 on Blue Note Records,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Crescent
    111
    29

    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksThe Drum Thing, Wise One, Lonnie's Lament

    Length (mins)00:40:34

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Modal jazz

    Crescent is a 1964 studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released by Impulse! as A-66.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Impressions
    88
    21
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  • 7
    Olé Coltrane

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksDahomey Dance, Olé, Aisha

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz, Modal jazz

    Olé Coltrane is the ninth album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962 on Atlantic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    ArtistDuke Ellington, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksTake the Coltrane, Stevie, Big Nick

    Length (mins)00:35:10

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane is a jazz album by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane recorded on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Coltrane
    74
    14

    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksOut of This World, Miles' Mode, Soul Eyes

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Modal jazz

    Coltrane is a 1962 studio album by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. When reissued on CD, it... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Africa/Brass
    86
    28

    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksGreensleeves, Blues Minor, Africa

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz

    Africa/Brass is the eighth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Ballads
    85
    36

    ArtistJohn Coltrane Quartet, John Coltrane

    TracksAll or Nothing at All, You Don’t Know What Love Is, It’s Easy to Remember

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Ballads is a jazz album by John Coltrane. It was recorded in December 1961 and 1962, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

    ArtistThelonious Monk, John Coltrane

    TracksEpistrophy (alternate take), Trinkle, Tinkle

    Length (mins)00:37:51

    LabelJazzland

    Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland...Amazon buy button
  • 13
    Coltrane's Sound

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksEquinox, Central Park West, Liberia

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Coltrane's Sound is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1964 on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Soultrane
    60
    16

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksYou Say You Care, I Want to Talk About You, Good Bait

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Soultrane is the fourth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1958 on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Ascension
    94
    48

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksAscension, Part II, Ascension

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz

    Ascension is a jazz album by John Coltrane recorded in 1965 and released in 1966. It is often... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Meditations
    67
    32

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksConsequences, Serenity, Compassion

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Modal jazz

    Meditations is a 1966 album by John Coltrane. The album was considered the "spiritual... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The John Coltrane Quartet Plays

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksChim Chim Cheree, Song of Praise, Brazilia

    Genres (Music)Post-bop, Avant-garde jazz

    The John Coltrane Quartet Plays is a 1965 album by jazz musician John Coltrane.Amazon buy button
  • 18
    Lush Life
    43
    16

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksLike Someone in Love, Lush Life, I Love You

    Length (mins)00:36:28

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Lush Life is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Prestige... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Coltrane Jazz

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksFifth House, Harmonique, I'll Wait and Pray

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Coltrane Jazz is the sixth studio album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Coltrane Plays the Blues

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksMr. Syms, Blues to Elvin, Mr. Day

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Coltrane Plays the Blues is an album credited to jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1962... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

    ArtistJohnny Hartman, John Coltrane

    TracksDedicated to You, They Say It's Wonderful, Lush Life

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is a 1963 studio album featuring John Coltrane and Johnny... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Sun Ship
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    28

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    ProducerBob Thiele

    TracksSun Ship, Dearly Beloved, Amen

    Genres (Music)Avant-garde jazz

    Sun Ship is a posthumously released jazz album recorded on August 26, 1965, by tenor... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Interstellar Space

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksMars, Jupiter, Jupiter Variation

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz

    Interstellar Space was one of the final studio albums recorded by the saxophonist John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    First Meditations (for quartet)

    ArtistJohn Coltrane

    TracksCompassion, Joy, Serenity

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Modal jazz

    First Meditations (for quartet) is an album by John Coltrane recorded in 1965. It is a quartet... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane

    ArtistJohn Coltrane, Kenny Burrell

    TracksNever Knew, Freight Trane, Freight Trane

    Length (mins)00:37:31

    Genres (Music)Jazz

    Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane is an album credited to jazz musicians Kenny Burrell and John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button