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The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time 

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Updated August 19, 2019 663 votes 175 voters 8.9k views

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Ray Charles is one of the most important musicians in music history and known as one of the best male vocalists and one of the greatest soul musicians. List of the best Ray Charles albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This Ray Charles discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Ray Charles albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Ray Charles singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Ray Charles 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 Ray Charles album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

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Modern Sounds in Country... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1962); Tracks: Half as Much, Hey & Good Lookin'

Producer: Sid Feller

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Country, Pop music, Jazz, Nashville sound, + more

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The Genius of Ray Charle... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1959); Tracks: Am I Blue, Tell Me You'll Wait for Me & Let the Good Times Roll

Length (mins): 00:38:42

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Vocal jazz, Traditional pop music

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1957); Tracks: Ain't That Love, Losing Hand & Greenbacks

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

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The Genius After Hours ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1961); Tracks: The Genius After Hours, Hornful Soul & Music

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music, Hard bop

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Yes Indeed! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1958); Tracks: Blackjack, I Want a Little Girl & Lonely Avenue

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

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Genius Loves Company is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (2004); Tracks: Heaven Help Us All, Here We Go Again & Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Jazz, Soul music, Urban contemporary

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The Genius Sings the Blu... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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The Great Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1957); Tracks: Doodlin', I Surrender Dear & Sweet Sixteen Bars

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

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Genius + Soul=Jazz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1961); Tracks: Mister C., I've Got News for You & Moanin'

Genres (Music): Jazz, Soul music

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Soul Meeting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles and Milt Jackson (1961); Tracks: X-Ray Blues, Hallelujah & I Love Her So

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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The Genius Hits the Road... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1960); Tracks: Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, Moonlight in Vermont & Blue Hawaii

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Concept album

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Ray Charles and Betty Ca... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Betty Carter and Ray Charles (1961); Tracks: What Would I Do Without You, For All We Know & Together

Genres (Music): Jazz

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Crying Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1966); Tracks: Cryin' Time, Don't You Think I Ought to Know & Let's Go Get Stoned

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Country, Soul music

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True to Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1977); Tracks: How Long Has This Been Going On, Be My Love & Anonymous Love

Label: Crossover Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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A Message From the Peopl... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
A Message From the People By Ray Charles (1972); Tracks: Every Saturday Night, Abraham & Martin And John
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Ingredients in a Recipe ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1963); Tracks: Ol' Man Time, You'll Never Walk Alone & Born to Be Blue

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Southern soul, Country soul

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Ain't It So is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Through the Eyes of Love... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Ray Charles Greatest Hit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Modern Sounds in Country... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1962); Tracks: Hang Your Head in Shame, I'll Never Stand in Your Way & Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Southern soul, Country soul

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Dedicated to You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (1961); Tracks: Marie, Hardhearted Hannah & Margie

Genres (Music): Soul music

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Yes Indeed!! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Thanks for Bringing Love... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
By Ray Charles (2002); Tracks: How Did You Feel the Morning After, Can You Love Me Like That & Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again

Length (mins): 00:56:14

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Love Country Style is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Renaissance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time