The Best Marvin Gaye Albums of All Time 

Updated June 14, 2019 1.9k votes 536 voters 17.9k views 20 items

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

Marvin Gaye is by far and away considered one of the best male vocalists and best soul artists of all time. List of the best Marvin Gaye albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Marvin Gaye discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Marvin Gaye albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Marvin Gaye singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. It includes releases from his early days with Motown to his posthumous works, following the tragic, fatal shooting by his father in 1984. 

If you think the greatest Marvin Gaye 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 Marvin Gaye album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Marvin Gaye album of all time?" or "What are the top Marvin Gaye albums?" then this list will answer your questions. List ranges from What's Going On to Midnight Love and more.

This list of popular Marvin Gaye CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

What's Going On is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Marvin Gaye Albums of All Time
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"What's Going On"

"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"

"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"

Release Date: 1971

Artist: Marvin Gaye

Producer: Marvin Gaye

Tracks: Wholy Holy, Wholy Holy, Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), + more

Length (mins): 00:35:35

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Dance music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Psychedelic soul, + more

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Let's Get It On is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Marvin Gaye Albums of All Time
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"Let's Get It On"

"Come Get to This"

"You Sure Love to Ball"

Release Date: 1973

Artist: Marvin Gaye

Tracks: Distant Lover, Come Get to This, If I Should Die Tonight, + more

Label: Tamla

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

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I Want You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Marvin Gaye Albums of All Time
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"I Want You (Vocal)"

"I Wanna Be Where You Are"

"Since I Had You"

Release Date: 1976

Artist: Marvin Gaye

Producer: Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware

Tracks: Soon I'll Be Loving You Again, I Want You (intro jam), I Want You (intro jam), + more

Length (mins): 00:38:05

Label: Tamla

Genres (Music): Soul music, Funk, Disco, Jazz-funk, Downtempo, + more

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Here, My Dear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Marvin Gaye Albums of All Time
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"A Funky Space Reincarnation"


"I Met a Little Girl"

Release Date: 1978

Artist: Marvin Gaye

Tracks: When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (instrumental), Time to Get It Together, + more

Label: Tamla

Genres (Music): Jazz, Soul music, Funk, Disco, Jazz-funk, + more

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