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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! 

list ordered by

1
359 30
Kind of Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

2
224 68
In a Silent Way is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

3
251 92
Bitches Brew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

4
154 50
Miles Smiles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

5
139 43
'Round About Midnight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

6
133 40
Nefertiti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1968

7
124 36
Milestones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1958

8
157 54
A Tribute to Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

9
163 68
Sketches of Spain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

10
136 53
On the Corner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

11
91 29
E.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1965

12
85 39
Workin' is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1959

13
62 23
Birth of the Cool is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Evan Sarzin added Birth of the Cool 1949-50

14
71 34
Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1967

15
92 50
Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

16
51 20
Steamin' With the Miles Davis ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

17
69 34
Someday My Prince Will Come is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

18
75 39
Cookin' With the Miles Davis Q... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

19
63 30
Filles de Kilimanjaro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

20
73 42
Miles Ahead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

21
53 31
Get Up With It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

22
52 34
Miles in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

23
25 11
My Funny Valentine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Evan Sarzin added 1995 1964

24
40 25
Seven Steps to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

25
48 33
Big Fun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1974

26
32 19
Walkin' is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1954

27
42 38
Tutu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1986

28
27 24
Water Babies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

29
27 24
If I Were a Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

30
18 16
Circle in the Round is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

31
17 16
Miles Davis and the Modern Jaz... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

32
24 24
Bags' Groove is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

33
14 13
Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

34
13 12
Miles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Miles 1956

35
13 12
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

36
18 20
Quiet Nights is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

37
19 22
The Man with the Horn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

38
12 14
Miles Davis at Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

39
21 25
Aura is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1989

40
14 19
Blue Moods is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1955

41
13 18
Blue Haze is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1954

42
6 10
Miles Davis, Volume 3 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

43
15 22
Star People is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

44
7 12
Miles Davis Vs. Thelonious Mon... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

45
10 16
Directions is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1981

46
6 11
Miles Davis Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

47
5 10
Quintet with Lee Konitz; Sexte... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

48
8 14
And the Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

49
8 14
Miles Davis and Milt Jackson Q... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

50
18 27
You're Under Arrest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time