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Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums 

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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.
1
The Genius of Ray Charle... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Ray Charles (1959); Tracks: Am I Blue, Tell Me You'll Wait for Me & Let the Good Times Roll
Ray Charles, Released in 1959
2
In Person (feat. Nancy W... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Ray Charles, Released in 1960
3
Live at the Apollo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
4
Two Steps From the Blues... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Bobby Bland (1961); Tracks: I Don't Want No Woman, I've Just Got to Forget You & St. James Infirmary
Bobby Blue Bland, Released in 1962
5
Live at the Harlem Squar... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Sam Cooke, Released in 1963
6
Ain’t That Good News is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Sam Cooke (1964); Tracks: Good Times, The Riddle Song & (Ain’t That) Good News
Sam Cooke, Released in 1964
7
The Jackie Wilson Story ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Jackie Wilson, Released in 1964
8
Rock 'N Soul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Solomon Burke (1964); Tracks: Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Can't Nobody Love You & Beautiful Brown Eyes
Solomon Burke, Released in 1964
9
Cry Baby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters; Tracks: One Girl, I'll Take Good Care of You & Tell Me Baby
Garnet Mimms And The Enchaners, Released in 1964
10
The Drifters' Golden Hit... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
The Drifters, Released in 1964
11
Make Way for Dionne Warw... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Dionne Warwick (1964); Tracks: (You'll Never Get to Heaven) If You Break My Heart, Land of Make Believe & People
Dionne Warwick, Released in 1964
12
The Great Otis Redding S... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Otis Redding (1965); Tracks: Chained and Bound, Mr. Pitiful & Nothing Can Change This Love
13
Otis Blue: Otis Redding ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Otis Redding (1965); Tracks: Shake, Respect & Ole Man Trouble
14
Going to a Go-Go is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By The Miracles (1966); Tracks: Choosey Beggar, All That's Good & My Girl Has Gone
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, Released in 1965
15
Ben E. King Anthology Se... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Ben E. King and The Average White Band (1977); Tracks: Fool for You Anyway, Someday We'll All Be Free & Get It Up for Love
16
The Temptations Sing Smo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By The Temptations (1965); Tracks: Who's Lovin' You, You've Really Got a Hold on Me & You Can Depend on Me
17
Reach Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Four Tops (1967); Tracks: 7-Rooms of Gloom, Reach Out I'll Be There & If I Were a Carpenter
The Four Tops, Released in 1966
18
Double Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Sam And Dave, Released in 1966
19
Shades of a Genius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
Mitty Collier, Released in 1966
20
I Never Loved a Man the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Aretha Franklin (1967); Tracks: Don't Let Me Lose This Dream, Drown in My Own Tears & Good Times
Aretha Franklin, Released in 1967
21
Get It While You Can is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Howard Tate (1967); Tracks: Look at Granny Run Run, How Come My Bulldog Don't Bark & Every Day I Have the Blues
Howard Tate, Released in 1967
22
You've Got My Mind Messe... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
23
Tell Mama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Etta James (1968); Tracks: Security, The Love of My Man & It Hurts Me So Much
Etta James, Released in 1968
24
Lady Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Aretha Franklin (1968); Tracks: Money Won't Change You, Good to Me as I Am to You & Groovin'
Aretha Franklin, Released in 1968
25
The Ice Man Cometh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Mojo's Top 100 Soul Albums
By Jerry Butler (1968); Tracks: Go Away - Find Yourself, I Stop by Heaven & Only the Strong Survive
Jerry Butler, Released in 1969