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

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

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

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

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

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

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'Round About Midnight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Sorcerer 1967

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Big Fun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Big Fun 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Miles 1956

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Miles Davis at Newport 1958 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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Directions is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Directions 1981

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Miles Davis and the Modern Jaz... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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Miles Davis with Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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The Man with the Horn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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

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And the Modern Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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Blue Moods is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Blue Moods 1955

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Blue Haze is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Blue Haze 1954

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You're Under Arrest is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

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

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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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Decoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
Decoy 1984

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