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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Ella and Louis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time
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1. Can't We Be Friends?
2. Isn't This a Lovely Day?
3. Moonlight in Vermont
4. They Can't Take That Away from Me
5. Under a Blanket of Blue
6. Tenderly
7. A Foggy Day
8. Stars Fell on Alabama
9. Cheek to Cheek
10. The Nearness of You
11. April in Paris

Release Date: 1956

Artist: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

Tracks: Under a Blanket of Blue, The Nearness of You, A Foggy Day, Can't We Be Friends, Moonlight in Vermont, Stars Fell on Alabama, April in Paris, Tenderly, Isn't This a Lovely Day, Cheek to Cheek, They Can't Take That Away From Me

Length (mins): 00:54:13

Genres (Music): Jazz, Vocal jazz

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Porgy & Bess is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time
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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, Overture, My Man's Gone Now, Bess, You Is My Woman Now, Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?, Summertime, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin, Medley: Here Come De Honey Man / Crab Man / Oh, Dey's So Fresh and Fine, Oh, Lawd, I'm on My Way!, Oh, Doctor Jesus, What You Want Wid Bess?, There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York

Genres (Music): Jazz

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Hello, Dolly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time
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1. Hello, Dolly!
2. It's Been a Long, Long Time
3. A Lot of Livin' to Do
4. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
5. Someday
6. Hey, Look Me Over
7. I Still Get Jealous
8. Moon River
9. Be My Life's Companion
10. Blueberry Hill 
11. You Are Woman, I Am Man
12. Jeepers Creepers

Release Date: 1964

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Louis Armstrong Plays W.... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time
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1.St. Louis Blues
2.Yellow Dog Blues
3.Loveless Love
4.Aunt Hagar's Blues
5.Long Gone (From The Bowlin' Green)
6.The Memphis Blues (Or Mister Crump)
7.Beale Street Blues
8.Ole Miss Blues
9.Chantez Les Bas (Sing 'Em Low)
10.Hesitating Blues
11.Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet on Your Floor)

Release Date: 1954

Artist: Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars

Tracks: Beale Street Blues, The Memphis Blues (or, Mister Crump), Aunt Hagar's Blues, Hesitating Blues, Long Gone (From Bowlin’ Green), Chantez-les bas (Sing 'Em Low), Yellow Dog Blues, St. Louis Blues, Ole Miss, Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet on Your Floor), Loveless Love

Genres (Music): Jazz

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