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The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time 

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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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1
Kind of Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1959); Tracks: Flamenco Sketches, So What & Freddie Freeloader

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Hard bop, Modal jazz, Cool jazz

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2
Bitches Brew is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1969); Tracks: Bitches Brew, John McLaughlin & Spanish Key

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Free jazz, Avant-garde jazz

3
In a Silent Way is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1969); Tracks: In a Silent Way / It's About That Time and Shhh / Peaceful

Length (mins): 00:38:02

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Electronic music, Avant-garde jazz, Space music

4
Sketches of Spain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Gil Evans and Miles Davis (1960); Tracks: Will O' the Wisp (master), The Pan Piper (master) & Concierto de Aranjuez (adagio) (part two

Length (mins): 00:41:24

Genres (Music): Jazz, Latin jazz, Third stream

5
'Round About Midnight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1957); Tracks: 'Round Midnight, All of You & Ah-Leu-Cha

Length (mins): 00:39:11

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

6
Miles Smiles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis and Miles Davis Quintet (1967); Tracks: Orbits, Footprints & Gingerbread Boy

Length (mins): 00:41:47

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Modal jazz

7
A Tribute to Jack Johnso... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1971); Tracks: Right Off and Yesternow

Length (mins): 00:52:32

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz-funk

8
Milestones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1958); Tracks: Milestones, Dr. Jackle & Sid's Ahead

Length (mins): 00:48:09

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Modal jazz

9
Nefertiti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1968); Tracks: Riot, Hand Jive & Madness

Length (mins): 00:39:11

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Modal jazz

10
On the Corner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1972); Tracks: One and One, Helen Butte / Mr. Freedom X & Black Satin

Length (mins): 00:54:49

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz-funk

11
Workin' is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis and Miles Davis Quintet (1959); Tracks: Four, Ahmad's Blues & Half Nelson

Genres (Music): Jazz

12
E.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1965); Tracks: R.J., Mood & E.S.P.

Length (mins): 00:48:25

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Modal jazz

13
Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1958); Tracks: Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab & It Ain't Necessarily So

Length (mins): 00:50:55

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Cool jazz, Third stream, Orchestral jazz

14
Cookin' With the Miles D... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis and Miles Davis Quintet (1956); Tracks: Blues by Five, Airegin & My Funny Valentine

Length (mins): 00:33:40

Genres (Music): Jazz

15
Someday My Prince Will C... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis Sextet (1961); Tracks: Pfrancing, Teo & Old Folks

Length (mins): 00:42:05

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz

16
Steamin' With the Miles ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis and Miles Davis Quintet (1961); Tracks: Well You Needn't, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top & Something I Dreamed Last Night

Genres (Music): Jazz

17
Miles Ahead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis +19 and Miles Davis (1957); Tracks: My Ship, The Duke & Springsville

Length (mins): 00:37:03

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Cool jazz, Third stream

18
Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1967); Tracks: The Sorcerer, Pee Wee & Vonetta

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Modal jazz

19
Filles de Kilimanjaro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1968); Tracks: Petits Machins (Little Stuff), Tout de suite & Filles de Kilimanjaro (Girls of Kilimanjaro)

Length (mins): 00:56:32

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Rock music, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

20
Seven Steps to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1963); Tracks: Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Basin Street Blues & So Near

Length (mins): 00:46:22

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz

21
Get Up With It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1974); Tracks: Honky Tonk, Mtume & Maiysha

Length (mins): 01:00:00

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz-funk, Worldbeat

22
Miles in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1968); Tracks: Black Comedy, Country Son & Paraphernalia

Length (mins): 00:51:06

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

23
Walkin' is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis and Miles Davis All Stars (1954); Tracks: Love Me or Leave Me, Walkin' & Love Me or Leave Me

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

24
My Funny Valentine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Evan Sarzin added By Cedar Walton (1995); Tracks: Just in Time, Detour Ahead & My Funny Valentine
1964
25
Big Fun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
By Miles Davis (1974); Tracks: Great Expectations, Lonely Fire & Ife

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Jazz fusion, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk