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The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time

Updated August 19, 2019 1.3k votes 223 voters 11.2k views

List RulesThis 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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  • 1

    Release Date1962

    ProducerSid Feller

    TracksHalf as Much, Hey, Good Lookin'

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

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    Release Date1957

    TracksAin't That Love, Losing Hand, Greenbacks

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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    Release Date1959

    TracksAm I Blue, Tell Me You'll Wait for Me, Let the Good Times Roll

    Length (mins)00:38:42

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    Release Date1960

    TracksCarry Me Back to Old Virginny, Moonlight in Vermont, Blue Hawaii

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

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    Release Date1961

    TracksMister C., I've Got News for You, Moanin'

    Genres (Music)Jazz, Soul music

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    Release Date1961

    TracksThe Genius After Hours, Hornful Soul, Music

    LabelAtlantic Records

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

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    Release Date1958

    TracksBlackjack, I Want a Little Girl, Lonely Avenue

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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    Release Date2004

    TracksHeaven 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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    Release Date1957

    TracksDoodlin', I Surrender Dear, Sweet Sixteen Bars

    LabelAtlantic Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues

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    Release Date1972

    TracksEvery Saturday Night, Abraham, Martin And John

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    13
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    Release Date1961

    TracksMarie, Hardhearted Hannah, Margie

    Genres (Music)Soul music

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    Release Date1966

    TracksCryin' 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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    Betty Carter, Ray Charles
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    Release Date1961

    TracksWhat Would I Do Without You, For All We Know, Together

    Genres (Music)Jazz

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    Ray Charles, Milt Jackson
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    Release Date1961

    TracksX-Ray Blues, Hallelujah, I Love Her So

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  • 18

    Release Date1962

    TracksHang 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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  • 19

    Release Date2002

    TracksHow 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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    Release Date1977

    TracksHow Long Has This Been Going On, Be My Love, Anonymous Love

    LabelCrossover Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  • 21

    Release Date1959

    TracksKissa Me Baby, Misery In My Heart, All The Girls In Town

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  • 25

    Release Date1963

    TracksOl' 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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