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The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time 

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Updated October 13, 2018 1k votes 364 voters 20.3k views

List Rules This 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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Pastel Blues is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1965); Tracks: Chilly Winds Don’t Blow, Trouble in Mind & Sinnerman

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

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Nina Simone Sings the Bl... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1967); Tracks: Real Real, Day and Night & I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl

Genres (Music): Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues, + more

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I Put a Spell on You is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1965); Tracks: Ne me quitte pas, You've Got to Learn & July Tree

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

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Little Girl Blue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1958); Tracks: Central Park Blues, My Baby Just Cares for Me & Little Girl Blue

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

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Wild Is the Wind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1966); Tracks: What 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, + more

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Silk & Soul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1967); Tracks: Love O' Love, Turning Point & Turn Me On

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

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Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1978); Tracks: Rich Girl, Baltimore & Forget

Producer: Creed Taylor

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

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High Priestess of Soul ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1967); Tracks: I Hold No Grudge, Work Song & I'm Going Back Home

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

9
To Love Somebody is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1969); Tracks: Just Like Tom Thumb Blues, To Love Somebody & To Love Somebody

Genres (Music): Pop music, Jazz, Folk music, Soul music, Blues, + more

10
'Nuff Said! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1968); Tracks: Gin House Blues, Peace of Mind & I Loves You

Genres (Music): Pop music, Jazz, Soul music, Blues, Vocal music, + more

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Here Comes the Sun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1971); Tracks: How Long Must I Wonder, Here Comes the Sun & Mr. Bojangles

Producer: Harold Wheeler, Nat Shapiro

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

12
Nina Simone and Piano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1969); Tracks: Everyone's Gone to the Moon, The Human Touch & Compensation

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

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The Amazing Nina Simone ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1959); Tracks: Willow Weep for Me, That's Him Over There & Solitaire

Genres (Music): Jazz, Folk music, Vocal jazz, Blues, Gospel music, + more

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Let It All Out is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1966); Tracks: Mood Indigo, The Other Woman & Images

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

15
Forbidden Fruit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1961); Tracks: Memphis in June, I Love to Love & Work Song

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

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Black Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
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Gifted & Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1971); Tracks: Ain't No Use, Ain't Got No (I Got Life) & The House of the Rising Sun
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Broadway Blues Ballads ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1964); Tracks: Our 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, + more

20
Nina Simone With Strings... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1966); Tracks: Gimme 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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Folksy Nina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
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Fodder on My Wings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1982); Tracks: Le Peuple en Suisse, Stop & Heaven Belongs to You

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

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Nina Simone and Her Frie... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1959); Tracks: For All We Know, African Mailman & I Loves You

Genres (Music): Jazz

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Nina Simone Sings Billie... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time
By Nina Simone (1972); Tracks: Just In Time, This Year's Kisses & Give Me A Pigfoot & A Bottle Of Beer
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Gospel According to Nina... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nina Simone Albums of All Time