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The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time

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Louis Armstrong is widely considered one of the best jazz musicians of all time. List of the best Louis Armstrong albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Louis Armstrong discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Louis Armstrong albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Louis Armstrong singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Louis Armstrong 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 Louis Armstrong album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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  • Porgy & Bess
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    1. Overture
    2. Summertime
    3. I Wants to Stay Here
    4. My Man's Gone Now
    5. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
    6. Buzzard Song
    7. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    8. It Ain't Necessarily So
    9. What You Want Wid Bess?
    10. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
    11. Oh, Doctor Jesus
    12. Medley: "Here Come de Honey Man/Crab Man/Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine/(Strawberry Woman)
    13. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin Soon for New York
    14. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
    15. Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way!

    • Release Date: 1957
    • Artist: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald
    • Tracks: Buzzard Song, It Ain't Necessarily So, I Wants to Stay Here
    • Genres (Music): Jazz
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  • American Freedom
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    1. Duke's Place
    2. I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So
    3. Cotton Tail
    4. Mood Indigo
    5. Do Nothing till You Hear from Me
    6. Beautiful American
    7. Black and Tan Fantasy
    8. Drop Me Off in Harlem
    9. The Mooche
    10. In a Mellow tone
    11. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    12. Solitude
    13. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    14. I'm Beginning to See the Light
    15. Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
    16. I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)
    17. Azalea

    • Release Date: 1961
    • Artist: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
    • Tracks: Black and Tan Fantasy, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Drop Me Off at Harlem
    • Genres (Music): Jazz
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  • Concert at the Crescendo
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    1. Someday You'll Be Sorry
    2. St. Louis Blues
    3. Back O'Town Blues
    4. Big Mama's Back in Town
    5. Mop! Mop!
    6. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

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