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The Best Marvin Gaye Albums of All Time

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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"

    "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)
    • Length (mins): 00:35:35
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Dance music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Psychedelic soul
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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)
    • Length (mins): 00:38:05
    • Label: Tamla
    • Genres (Music): Soul music, Funk, Disco, Jazz-funk, Downtempo
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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
    • Label: Tamla
    • Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk, Quiet storm
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    "Trouble Man"

    "Life Is a Gamble"

    "Cleo's Apartment"

    • Release Date: 1972
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