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The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time 

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Updated August 29, 2019 876 votes 168 voters 5.8k views

List Rules Rollins' discography is so vast, we are limiting this list just to studio albums

List of the best Sonny Rollins albums, with album cover jackets, voted on by jazz fans worldwide. This Sonny Rollins discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Sonny Rollins albums can be found at the top of the list. Sonny Rollins is a master of the saxophone and one of the last living legends of jazz. With the exception of his "woodshedding hiatus", Rollins has proven to be one of the more prolific bandleaders of modern jazz. 

If you think the greatest Sonny Rollins 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 Sonny Rollins album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best Sonny Rollins album of all time?" or "What are the top Sonny Rollins albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Examples of his classic albums on this list: Sonny Side Up, Dig and more. All his studio releases are on here - from the most popular to his worst. 
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1
Saxophone Colossus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1956); Tracks: St. Thomas, Strode Rode & Blue 7

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

2
Way Out West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1957); Tracks: Way Out West, Come & Gone

Genres (Music): Bebop, Hard bop

3
The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1962); Tracks: The Bridge, John S. & Where Are You

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

4
Newk's Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1957); Tracks: Asiatic Raes, Wonderful! Wonderful! & Namely You

Genres (Music): Bebop, Hard bop

5
Tenor Madness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins Quartet (1956); Tracks: When Your Lover Has Gone, Paul's Pal & My Reverie

Length (mins): 00:35:25

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

6
After The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
7
Sonny Rollins, Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1957); Tracks: You Stepped Out of a Dream, Poor Butterfly & Reflections

Length (mins): 00:40:56

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

8
Sonny Rollins/Elvin Jone... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
9
Sonny Side Up is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie (1958); Tracks: On the Sunny Side of the Street, The Eternal Triangle & I Know That You Know

Genres (Music): Jazz, Bebop, Hard bop

10
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1956); Tracks: Pent-Up House, Valse Hot & Kiss and Run

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop

11
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
12
Freedom Suite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1958); Tracks: Will You Still Be Mine?, Till There Was You (take 3) & Someday I'll Find You

Length (mins): 00:41:15

Genres (Music): Jazz

13
Sonny Meets Hawk! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins (1963); Tracks: Lover Man, Just Friends & All the Things You Are

Genres (Music): Jazz

14
Sonny Rollins on impulse... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1965); Tracks: Blue Room, Three Little Words & Everything Happens to Me

Length (mins): 00:34:43

Genres (Music): Jazz

15
The Sound of Sonny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1957); Tracks: Dearly Beloved, Just in Time & Toot

Genres (Music): Jazz

16
What's New? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1962); Tracks: Brownskin Girl, Brownskin Girl & The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Genres (Music): Jazz

17
Alfie [motion picture so... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
18
This Is What I Do is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (2000); Tracks: Sweet Leilani, Salvador & Charles M.

Producer: Lucille Rollins

Length (mins): 00:48:37

Genres (Music): Jazz, Hard bop, Mainstream jazz, Straight-ahead jazz

19
East Broadway Run Down ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1966); Tracks: East Broadway Run Down, Blessing in Disguise & We Kiss in a Shadow

Genres (Music): Jazz

20
Sonny Rollins With the M... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1956); Tracks: I Know, With a Song in My Heart & Almost Like Being in Love

Genres (Music): Jazz

21
The Standard Sonny Rolli... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1965); Tracks: Three Little Words, I'll Be Seeing You & Trav'lin' Light

Genres (Music): Jazz

22
Rollins Plays for Bird ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1956); Tracks: Kids Know, I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face & I Remember You / My Melancholy Baby / Old Folks / They Can't Take That Away From Me / Just Friends / My Little Suede Shoes / Star Eyes

Genres (Music): Jazz

23
Moving Out is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1956); Tracks: Movin' Out, Solid & More Than You Know

Genres (Music): Jazz

24
Work Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1956); Tracks: Raincheck, There's No Business Like Show Business & There Are Such Things

Genres (Music): Jazz, Post-bop, Hard bop

25
Horn Culture is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sonny Rollins Albums of All Time
By Sonny Rollins (1998); Tracks: Notes for Eddie, God Bless the Child & Sais

Genres (Music): Jazz