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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

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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
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
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
Ben E. King, The Average White Band

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

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Reach Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
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
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
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
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