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The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 1.2k votes 394 voters 21.5k views

List RulesThis list includes Nina Simone studio albums only

Nina Simone was one of the best jazz artists of all time, a truly distinctive female jazz vocalist who was not afraid to say what was on her mind. This is a crowd-ranked list of the best Nina Simone albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. The Nina Simone discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Nina Simone albums can be found at the top of the list. Though she's primarily remembered as a jazz singer, Simone was also adept at blues, classical, gospel, R&B, and pop. Perhaps her best known jazz standard is "My Baby Just Cares for Me."

To make it easy for you, we haven't included Nina Simone singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Nina Simone 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 Nina Simone records if you have a favorite Nina Simone album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know the Best Nina Simone album of all time, you've come to the right place. This list of Nina Simone CDs has been voted on by jazz fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. Dim the lights and dive into the top Nina Simone records and the greatest Nina Simone songs.

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  • I Put a Spell on You1

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksNe me quitte pas, You've Got to Learn, July Tree

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Soul music, Popular music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • Pastel Blues2
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    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksChilly Winds Don’t Blow, Trouble in Mind, Sinnerman

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues

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  • Little Girl Blue3

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksCentral Park Blues, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Little Girl Blue

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Vocal jazz, Gospel music, Vocal music

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  • Nina Simone Sings the Blues4

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksReal Real, Day and Night, I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues

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  • Wild Is the Wind5

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksWhat More Can I Say, Lilac Wine, Break Down and Let It All Out

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music

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  • Silk & Soul6
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    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksLove O' Love, Turning Point, Turn Me On

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Jazz, Soul music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • High Priestess of Soul7

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksI Hold No Grudge, Work Song, I'm Going Back Home

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music

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  • Here Comes the Sun8

    ArtistNina Simone

    ProducerHarold Wheeler, Nat Shapiro

    TracksHow Long Must I Wonder, Here Comes the Sun, Mr. Bojangles

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Jazz, Soul music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • To Love Somebody9

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksJust Like Tom Thumb Blues, To Love Somebody, To Love Somebody

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues

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  • Nina Simone and Piano10

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksEveryone's Gone to the Moon, The Human Touch, Compensation

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • 'Nuff Said!11

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksGin House Blues, Peace of Mind, I Loves You

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Jazz, Soul music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • Baltimore12
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    ArtistNina Simone

    ProducerCreed Taylor

    TracksRich Girl, Baltimore, Forget

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music

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  • Black Gold13
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  • Let It All Out14

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksMood Indigo, The Other Woman, Images

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music

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  • Forbidden Fruit15

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksMemphis in June, I Love to Love, Work Song

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Folk music, Vocal jazz, Blues, Vocal music

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  • Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall16
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  • Remixed & Reimagined17
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  • Folksy Nina18
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  • Broadway Blues Ballads19

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksOur Love (Will See Us Through), I Am Blessed, Night Song (from the musical “Golden Boy”)

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • Gifted & Black20

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksAin't No Use, Ain't Got No (I Got Life), The House of the Rising Sun

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  • Gospel According to Nina Simone21
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  • Nina Simone Sings Billie Holiday22

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksJust In Time, This Year's Kisses, Give Me A Pigfoot & A Bottle Of Beer

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  • Nina Simone With Strings23

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksGimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer), Porgy, I Is Your Woman (Bess

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Folk music, Blues, Vocal music

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  • Nina Simone and Her Friends24

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksFor All We Know, African Mailman, I Loves You

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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  • Fodder on My Wings25

    ArtistNina Simone

    TracksLe Peuple en Suisse, Stop, Heaven Belongs to You

    Genres (Music)Soul music, World music, Vocal music, Music of Africa

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