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List Rules "Studio" albums only (though some of Miles' studio albums were technically edited from live takes by Teo Macero)

Miles Davis is a maestro, a wizard and most importantly, one of the best jazz musicians of all time. And this is a crowd-voted list of the best Miles Davis albums, including pictures of the album covers, spanning every era of Miles, a musician who literally invented new genres of jazz. This Miles Davis discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Miles Davis albums can be found at the top of the list. Throughout his career, Davis was known for playing the trumpet, composing music, and leading various bands. 

To make it easy for you, we haven't included Miles Davis singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Miles Davis 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 Miles Davis album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the best Miles Davis album of all time,  this list will answer your question. Everything from the outright classic records Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew to divisive later-day records like Doo-Bop are included. This list of popular Miles Davis CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. Hail to the Dark Prince and bow to his genius! 

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341 26
Kind of Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

2
210 63
In a Silent Way is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

3
235 81
Bitches Brew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

4
140 40
Miles Smiles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

5
144 48
A Tribute to Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

6
123 41
'Round About Midnight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

7
117 38
Nefertiti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Nefertiti 1968

8
109 35
Milestones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Milestones 1958

9
151 64
Sketches of Spain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

10
123 48
On the Corner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

11
83 26
E.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
E.S.P. 1965

12
76 34
Workin' is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Workin' 1959

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13
65 29
Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Sorcerer 1967

14
85 45
Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

15
50 20
Birth of the Cool is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Evan Sarzin added Birth of the Cool 1949-50

16
59 27
Someday My Prince Will Come is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

17
54 25
Filles de Kilimanjaro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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40 16
Steamin' With the Miles Davis ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

19
64 35
Cookin' With the Miles Davis Q... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

20
66 37
Miles Ahead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

21
48 26
Get Up With It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

22
46 26
Miles in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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45 26
Big Fun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Big Fun 1974

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22 7
My Funny Valentine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Evan Sarzin added My Funny Valentine 1995 1964

25
35 19
Seven Steps to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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25 16
Walkin' is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Walkin' 1954

27
38 30
Tutu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Tutu 1986

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25 19
If I Were a Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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25 19
Water Babies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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15 11
Circle in the Round is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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11 8
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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20 19
Bags' Groove is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

33
18 17
Aura is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Aura 1989

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15 14
Quiet Nights is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

35
10 9
Directions is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Directions 1981

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10 9
Miles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Miles 1956

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10 9
Miles Davis at Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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15 15
The Man with the Horn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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13 13
Miles Davis and the Modern Jaz... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

40
10 10
Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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14 16
Star People is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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17 20
You're Under Arrest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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7 9
And the Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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12 15
Blue Moods is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Blue Moods 1955

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15 19
Decoy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Decoy 1984

46
14 18
Amandla is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Amandla 1989

47
5 8
Miles Davis Vs. Thelonious Mon... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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10 14
Blue Haze is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Blue Haze 1954

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7 11
The Musing's of Miles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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5 9
Miles Davis Quintet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time