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The Best Sam Cooke Albums of All Time 

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Updated September 20, 2019 700 votes 214 voters 8k views 19 items

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

Before his untimely death in 1964, Sam Cooke was on his way to becoming one of the greatest male singers of all time. Nicknamed the "King of Soul," he also had success signing gospel, R&B, and crossover pop hits like "Twistin' the Night Away." Sam Cooke's Civil Rights Movement anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come" is preserved in the Library of Congress. This list of the best Sam Cooke albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Sam Cooke discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Sam Cooke albums can be found at the top of the list.

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Sam Cooke singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Sam Cooke album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Sam Cooke album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best Sam Cooke album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from Ain't That Good News (1964) to Night Beat (1963) to Swing Low, aka Sam Cooke (1961). These popular Sam Cooke CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

Ain’t That Good News is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sam Cooke Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1964

Tracks: Good Times, The Riddle Song, (Ain’t That) Good News, + more

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

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Night Beat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sam Cooke Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1963

Tracks: Get Yourself Another Fool, Please Don’t Drive Me Away, Mean Old World, + more

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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Mr. Soul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sam Cooke Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1963

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Tribute to the Lady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sam Cooke Albums of All Time
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Release Date: 1959

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