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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
357 29
Kind of Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

2
223 66
In a Silent Way is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

3
249 88
Bitches Brew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

4
152 48
Miles Smiles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

5
137 42
'Round About Midnight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

6
157 53
A Tribute to Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

7
123 36
Milestones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1958

8
130 40
Nefertiti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1968

9
160 67
Sketches of Spain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

10
134 53
On the Corner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

11
89 29
E.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1965

12
84 38
Workin' is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1959

13
59 22
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 33
Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1967

15
92 49
Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

16
51 19
Steamin' With the Miles Davis ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

17
74 38
Cookin' With the Miles Davis Q... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

18
67 33
Someday My Prince Will Come is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

19
62 30
Filles de Kilimanjaro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

20
73 41
Miles Ahead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

21
51 31
Get Up With It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

22
52 32
Miles in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

23
47 32
Big Fun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1974

24
24 11
My Funny Valentine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Evan Sarzin added 1995 1964

25
31 19
Walkin' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1954

26
37 25
Seven Steps to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

27
41 37
Tutu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1986

28
26 23
If I Were a Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

29
26 24
Water Babies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

30
14 12
Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

31
13 11
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

32
13 11
Miles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Miles 1956

33
17 16
Circle in the Round is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

34
16 15
Miles Davis and the Modern Jaz... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

35
23 23
Bags' Groove is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

36
21 23
Aura is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1989

37
12 13
Miles Davis at Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

38
18 21
The Man with the Horn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

39
16 20
Quiet Nights is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

40
14 18
Blue Moods is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1955

41
13 17
Blue Haze is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1954

42
7 11
Miles Davis Vs. Thelonious Mon... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

43
15 21
Star People is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

44
6 10
Miles Davis Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

45
10 15
Directions is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
1981

46
5 9
Quintet with Lee Konitz; Sexte... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

47
5 9
Miles Davis, Volume 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

48
8 13
Miles Davis and Milt Jackson Q... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

49
8 13
And the Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

50
18 26
You're Under Arrest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time