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The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

Updated May 28, 2019 6.8k votes 1.0k voters 28.7k views70 items

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
    406
    52

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksFlamenco Sketches, So What, Freddie Freeloader

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 2
    275
    111

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksBitches Brew, John McLaughlin, Spanish Key

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 3

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksIn a Silent Way / It's About That Time, Shhh / Peaceful

    Length (mins)00:38:02

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 4

    ArtistMiles Davis

    Tracks'Round Midnight, All of You, Ah-Leu-Cha

    Length (mins)00:39:11

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Hard bop

  • 5
    158
    45

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksMilestones, Dr. Jackle, Sid's Ahead

    Length (mins)00:48:09

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Modal jazz

  • 6

    ArtistGil Evans, Miles Davis

    TracksWill 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

  • 7

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksRight Off, Yesternow

    Length (mins)00:52:32

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 8
    154
    54

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksOrbits, Footprints, Gingerbread Boy

    Length (mins)00:41:47

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 9
    125
    45

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksRiot, Hand Jive, Madness

    Length (mins)00:39:11

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 10
    157
    71

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksOne and One, Helen Butte / Mr. Freedom X, Black Satin

    Length (mins)00:54:49

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 11

    ArtistMiles Davis Sextet

    TracksPfrancing, Teo, Old Folks

    Length (mins)00:42:05

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz

  • 12
    115
    42

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksFour, Ahmad's Blues, Half Nelson

    Genres (Music)Jazz

  • 13
    98
    33

    E.S.P.

    1965

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksR.J., Mood, E.S.P.

    Length (mins)00:48:25

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 14

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksFisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab, It Ain't Necessarily So

    Length (mins)00:50:55

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 15

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksWell You Needn't, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, Something I Dreamed Last Night

    Genres (Music)Jazz

  • 16
    92
    37

    ArtistMiles Davis +19, Miles Davis

    TracksMy Ship, The Duke, Springsville

    Length (mins)00:37:03

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Cool jazz, Third stream

  • 17

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksPetits Machins (Little Stuff), Tout de suite, Filles de Kilimanjaro (Girls of Kilimanjaro)

    Length (mins)00:56:32

    LabelColumbia

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

  • 18

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksBaby Won't You Please Come Home, Basin Street Blues, So Near

    Length (mins)00:46:22

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz

  • 19
    74
    35

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksThe Sorcerer, Pee Wee, Vonetta

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

  • 20
    53
    17

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis All Stars

    TracksLove Me or Leave Me, Walkin', Love Me or Leave Me

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Hard bop

  • 21

    ArtistCedar Walton

    TracksJust in Time, Detour Ahead, My Funny Valentine

    1964
  • 22

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksHonky Tonk, Mtume, Maiysha

    Length (mins)01:00:00

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

  • 23

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksBlues by Five, Airegin, My Funny Valentine

    Length (mins)00:33:40

    Genres (Music)Jazz

  • 24

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksI Could Write a Book, Woody'n You, If I Were A Bell

    Length (mins)00:36:25

    Genres (Music)Jazz

  • 25

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksBlack Comedy, Country Son, Paraphernalia

    Length (mins)00:51:06

    LabelColumbia

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