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The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

Updated May 28, 2019 6.4k votes 967 voters 27.7k 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
    Kind of Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksFlamenco Sketches, So What, Freddie Freeloader

    LabelColumbia

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

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  • 2
    'Round About Midnight is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis

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

    Length (mins)00:39:11

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Hard bop

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  • 3
    Milestones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksMilestones, Dr. Jackle, Sid's Ahead

    Length (mins)00:48:09

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Modal jazz

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  • 4
    In a Silent Way is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    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

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  • 5
    Sketches of Spain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    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

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  • 6
    Bitches Brew is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksBitches Brew, John McLaughlin, Spanish Key

    LabelColumbia

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

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  • 7
    A Tribute to Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksRight Off, Yesternow

    Length (mins)00:52:32

    LabelColumbia

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

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

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  • 9
    Nefertiti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksRiot, Hand Jive, Madness

    Length (mins)00:39:11

    LabelColumbia

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

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  • 10
    Workin' is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksFour, Ahmad's Blues, Half Nelson

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 11
    On the Corner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    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

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  • 12
    Someday My Prince Will Come is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis Sextet

    TracksPfrancing, Teo, Old Folks

    Length (mins)00:42:05

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 13
    Porgy and Bess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    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

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  • 14
    Cookin' With the Miles Davis Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

    TracksBlues by Five, Airegin, My Funny Valentine

    Length (mins)00:33:40

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 15
    Steamin' With the Miles Davis  is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet

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

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 16
    E.S.P. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    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

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  • 17
    Sorcerer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksThe Sorcerer, Pee Wee, Vonetta

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

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  • 18
    Filles de Kilimanjaro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    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

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  • 19
    Seven Steps to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis

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

    Length (mins)00:46:22

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • 20
    My Funny Valentine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistCedar Walton

    TracksJust in Time, Detour Ahead, My Funny Valentine

    1964
  • 21
    Get Up With It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksHonky Tonk, Mtume, Maiysha

    Length (mins)01:00:00

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

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

    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksBlack Comedy, Country Son, Paraphernalia

    Length (mins)00:51:06

    LabelColumbia

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

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

    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

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

    TracksGreat Expectations, Lonely Fire, Ife

    LabelColumbia

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

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  • 25
    Blue Haze is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miles Davis Albums of All Time
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    ArtistMiles Davis

    TracksBlue Haze, I’ll Remember April, Old Devil Moon

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Hard bop

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