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Chronological list of the 100 best soul albums ever released, compiled by the editors of Mojo Magazine. Running from the late 1950s through the year 2000, this list gathers together the best work from the greatest soul artists of all time into one convenient rundown, allowing you to browse and discover a diverse collection of this stirring music.

Soul music combines traditional American gospel and rhythm & blues (R&B) style, collecting catchy hooks, heavy improvisation and a tense vocal sound. The music has become synonymous around the world with "funk" as well as deep emotional expression. Top soul artists include Ray Charles, James Brown (known as the "Godfather of Soul"), Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin and Etta James.

Originally published by Mojo Magazine, this list contains the Top 100 Best Soul Albums ever released. For ease of browsing, the albums are listed chronologically by release date.

What are the best soul albums of all time and the best soul records? Take a look here and see for yourself on this list of classic soul albums.

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The Genius of Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Genius of Ray Charles Ray Charles - Ray Charles, Released in 1959

The Best Southern Soul Songs The Best Beatles Songs

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In Person (feat. Nancy Wilson,... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
In Person (feat. Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls) Ray Charles, Released in 1960

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Live at the Apollo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Live at the Apollo

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Two Steps From the Blues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Two Steps From the Blues Bobby Bland - Bobby Blue Bland, Released in 1962

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Live at the Harlem Square Club... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 Sam Cooke, Released in 1963

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Ain’t That Good News is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Ain’t That Good News Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke, Released in 1964

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The Jackie Wilson Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Jackie Wilson Story Jackie Wilson, Released in 1964

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Rock 'N Soul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Rock 'N Soul Solomon Burke - Solomon Burke, Released in 1964

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Cry Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Cry Baby Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters - Garnet Mimms And The Enchaners, Released in 1964

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The Drifters' Golden Hits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Drifters' Golden Hits The Drifters, Released in 1964

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Make Way for Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Make Way for Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick - Dionne Warwick, Released in 1964

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The Great Otis Redding Sings S... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads Otis Redding

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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums

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Going to a Go-Go is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Going to a Go-Go The Miracles - Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, Released in 1965

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Ben E. King Anthology Seven: B... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Anthology Ben E. King, The Average White Band

The Best Songs Feat. Ab-Soul 15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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The Temptations Sing Smokey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Temptations Sing Smokey The Temptations

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Reach Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Reach Out Four Tops - The Four Tops, Released in 1966

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Double Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Double Dynamite Sam And Dave, Released in 1966

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Shades of a Genius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Shades of a Genius Mitty Collier, Released in 1966

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin, Released in 1967

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Get It While You Can is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Get It While You Can Howard Tate - Howard Tate, Released in 1967

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You've Got My Mind Messed Up /... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
You've Got My Mind Messed Up / That's What I Want to Know James Carr, Released in 1967

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Tell Mama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Tell Mama Etta James - Etta James, Released in 1968

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Lady Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Lady Soul Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin, Released in 1968

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The Ice Man Cometh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Ice Man Cometh Jerry Butler - Jerry Butler, Released in 1969

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Dusty In Memphis Plus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Dusty In Memphis Plus Dusty Springfield - Dusty Springfield, Released in 1969

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The Best of Booker T. & The MG... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Best of Booker T. & The MG's Booker T. And The M.G.'s, Released in 1969

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Stand! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Stand! Sly & the Family Stone - Sly And The Family Stone, Released in 1969

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I'd Rather Be a Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
I'd Rather Be a Prisoner Candi Staton, Released in 1969

The Best De La Soul Albums of All Time The Best Things About Fall

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The Young Mod's Forgotten Stor... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Young Mod's Forgotten Story Jerry Butler & The Impressions

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Who's Making Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Who's Making Love Johnnie Taylor - Johnnie Taylor, Released in 1969

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Cloud Nine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Cloud Nine The Temptations

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Hot Buttered Soul is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Hot Buttered Soul Isaac Hayes - Isaac Hayes, Released in 1969

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I'm a Loser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
I'm a Loser Doris Duke - Doris Duke, Released in 1970

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Spirit in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin, Released in 1970

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Roots Sepultura - Curtis Mayfield, Released in 1970

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Yes We Can is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Yes We Can Lee Dorsey - Lee Dorsey, Released in 1970

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There's a Riot Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
There's a Riot Goin' On Sly & the Family Stone - Sly And The Family Stone, Released in 1971

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Standing Ovation is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Standing Ovation Gladys Knight & the Pips - Gladys Knight And The Pips, Released in 1971

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Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway

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Just as I Am is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Just as I Am Guy Sebastian - Bill Withers, Released in 1971

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What's Going On is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
What's Going On Marvin Gaye - Marvin Gaye, Released in 1971

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Communication is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Communication Karl Bartos - Bobby Womack, Released in 1971

The Best Quotes About Soul The Best Coconut Oil Brands

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Get on the Good Foot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Get on the Good Foot James Brown

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Trapped by a Thing Called Love is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Trapped by a Thing Called Love Denise LaSalle - Denise Lasalle, Released in 1972

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I'm Still in Love With You is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
I'm Still in Love With You Al Green - Al Green, Released in 1972

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Be Altitude: Respect Yourself is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Be Altitude: Respect Yourself The Staple Singers, Released in 1972

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Talking Book is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Talking Book Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder, Released in 1972

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The World Is a Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The World Is a Ghetto War - War, Released in 1972

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Memphis Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Memphis Unlimited O.V. Wright - O.V. Wright, Released in 1973