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The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time  

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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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1962

Producer: Sid Feller

Tracks: Half as Much, Hey, Good Lookin', I Can't Stop Loving You, Bye Bye Love, Worried Mind, You Win Again, Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way), Careless Love, It Makes No Difference Now, I Love You So Much It Hurts, You Don't Know Me, Born to Lose

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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1959

Tracks: Am I Blue, Tell Me You'll Wait for Me, Let the Good Times Roll, It Had to Be You, When Your Lover Has Gone, 'Deed I Do, Come Rain or Come Shine, Two Years of Torture, Alexander's Ragtime Band, You Won't Let Me Go, Just for a Thrill, Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'

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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1957

Tracks: Ain't That Love, Losing Hand, Greenbacks, Sinner's Prayer, Mary Ann, Funny (But I Still Love You), This Little Girl of Mine, Mess Around, Hallelujah I Love Her So, I Got A Woman, A Fool for You, Comeback Baby, Mess Around, Drown in My Own Tears, Don't You Know

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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1961

Tracks: The Genius After Hours, Hornful Soul, Music, Music, Music, Charlesville, The Man I Love, Dawn Ray, Ain't Misbehavin', Joyride

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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1958

Tracks: Blackjack, I Want a Little Girl, Lonely Avenue, The Sun's Gonna Shine Again, Its All Right, Talkin' 'Bout You, Get on the Right Track Baby, Leave My Woman Alone, I Want to Know, Yes Indeed, Swanee River, I Had a Dream, What Would I Do Without You, Heartbreaker

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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 2004

Tracks: Heaven Help Us All, Here We Go Again, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Fever, It Was a Very Good Year, You Don't Know Me, Over the Rainbow, Crazy Love, Sweet Potato Pie, Hey Girl, Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?, Sinner's Prayer

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
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1957

Tracks: Doodlin', I Surrender Dear, Sweet Sixteen Bars, There's No You, Undecided, My Melancholy Baby, The Ray, Black Coffee

Label: Atlantic Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues

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Yes Indeed!! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Genius + Soul=Jazz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1961

Tracks: Mister C., I've Got News for You, Moanin', Stompin' Room Only, One Mint Julep, Strike Up the Band, I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town, Let's Go, Birth of the Blues, From the Heart

Genres (Music): Jazz, Soul music

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Ray Charles and Betty Ca... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Betty Carter, Ray Charles

Release Date: 1961

Tracks: What Would I Do Without You, For All We Know, Together, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, People Will Say We're in Love, But on the Other Hand Baby, Lonely Avenue, I Like to Hear It Sometime, You and I, Cocktails for Two, You and I, Takes Two to Tango, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Just You, Just Me, Side by Side, Just You, Just Me, Together, Funny But I Still Love You, Intro: Goodbye/We'll Be Together Again, I Wonder Who, Alone Together, It's Alright, Leave My Woman Alone, Intro: Goodbye / We'll Be Together Again, I Never See Maggie Alone, I Want to Know, Cocktails for Two, Don't You Know, Side by Side, Alone Together

Genres (Music): Jazz

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True to Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1977

Tracks: How Long Has This Been Going On, Be My Love, Anonymous Love, Game Number Nine, I Can See Clearly Now, Heavenly Music, Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', The Jealous Kind, Let It Be

Label: Crossover Records

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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The Genius Hits the Road... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1960

Tracks: Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, Moonlight in Vermont, Blue Hawaii, Deep in the Heart of Texas, Alabamy Bound, Mississippi Mud, New York's My Home, California Here I Come, Moon Over Miami, Georgia on My Mind, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Basin Street Blues

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

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Soul Meeting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles, Milt Jackson

Release Date: 1961

Tracks: X-Ray Blues, Hallelujah, I Love Her So, Blue Genius, Love on My Mind, Soul Meeting, Bags of Blues

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Ain't It So is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Crying Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1966

Tracks: Cryin' Time, Don't You Think I Ought to Know, Let's Go Get Stoned, Tears, We Don't See Eye to Eye, You're About to Lose Your Clown, Going Down Slow, No Use Cryin', You're in for a Big Surprise, You've Got a Problem, Peace of Mind, Drifting Blues

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

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Ingredients in a Recipe ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1963

Tracks: Ol' Man Time, You'll Never Walk Alone, Born to Be Blue, That Lucky Old Sun, Ol' Man River, Where Can I Go?, In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down), Busted, Over the Rainbow, A Stranger in Town

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

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A Message From the Peopl... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
A Message From the People
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1972

Tracks: Every Saturday Night, Abraham, Martin And John, Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong, America the Beautiful, There'll Be No Peace Without All Men As One, Take Me Home, Country Roads, Heaven Help Us All, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Hey Mister, What Have They Done To My Song, Ma

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Modern Sounds in Country... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1962

Tracks: Hang Your Head in Shame, I'll Never Stand in Your Way, Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You), Making Believe, Midnight, Your Cheatin' Heart, Take These Chains From My Heart, Don't Tell Me Your Troubles, You Are My Sunshine, Teardrops in My Heart, Oh, Lonesome Me, No Letter Today

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

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Through the Eyes of Love... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Ray Charles Greatest Hit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
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Dedicated to You is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 1961

Tracks: Marie, Hardhearted Hannah, Margie, Sweet Georgia Brown, Stella by Starlight, Cherry, Ruby, Josephine, Diane, Nancy, Rosetta, Candy

Genres (Music): Soul music

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Soul Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles, Milt Jackson

Release Date: 1958

Tracks: How Long Blues, Bag's Guitar Blues, Deed I Do, Soul Brothers, Blue Funk, Cosmic Ray

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Thanks for Bringing Love... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time
Ray Charles

Release Date: 2002

Tracks: How Did You Feel the Morning After, Can You Love Me Like That, Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again, New Orleans, Really Got a Hold on Me, Mr. Creole, What'd I Say, Save Your Lov'in Just for Me, I Love You More Than I Ever Have, Mother, I Just Can't Get Enough of You, Ensemble

Length (mins): 00:56:14

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