100 Greatest Soul Albums

Criteria: Soul music started in the early 1960s and was around into the 1970s and later, although by the mid-1970s it had pretty much been replaced by funk and disco. Albums that are mainly funk or disco, rather than soul, were not considered for this list. These albums were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, influence, impact, and overall stature in soul music circles.
Greatest Soul Albums
1. What's Going On
Marvin Gaye
2. Live At The Apollo
James Brown
3. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin
4. Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul
Otis Redding
5. Hot Buttered Soul
Isaac Hayes
6. The Temptations Sing Smokey
The Temptations
7. Lady Soul
Aretha Franklin
8. The Ice Man Cometh
Jerry Butler
9. Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul
Otis Redding
10. Talking Book
Stevie Wonder
11. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music
Ray Charles
12. I'm Still in Love With You
Al Green
13. Where Did Our Love Go
Supremes
14. Going To A Go-Go
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles
15. Let's Get It On
Marvin Gaye
16. Night Beat
Sam Cooke
17. Two Steps From The Blues
Bobby "Blue" Bland
18. Back Stabbers
The O'Jays
19. At Last
Etta James
20. You've Got My Mind Messed Up
James Carr
21. Green Onions
Booker T and the MG's
22. Hi! We're The Miracles
The Miracles
23. The 12 Year Old Genius
Little Stevie Wonder
24. Ain't That Good News
Sam Cooke
25. If You Need Me
Solomon Burke
26. The Impressions
The Impressions
27. Rock 'n Soul
Solomon Burke
28. People Get Ready
The Impressions
29. Shotgun
Jr. Walker & the All Stars
30. The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
Otis Redding
31. The Temptin' Temptations
The Temptations
32. Reach Out
The Four Tops
33. The Exciting Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
34. Call Me
Al Green
35. The Spinners
The Spinners
36. The Wicked Pickett
Wilson Pickett
37. The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
38. Aretha Now
Aretha Franklin
39. Tell Mama
Etta James
40. Spirit In The Dark
Aretha Franklin
41. Let's Stay Together
Al Green
42. The Young Mods' Forgotten Story
The Impressions
43. Wake Up Everybody
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
44. Cloud Nine
The Temptations
45. 3+3
The Isley Brothers
46. Al Green Gets Next to You
Al Green
47. Just as I Am
Bill Withers
48. The Stylistics
The Stylistics
49. Live
Donny Hathaway
50. Music of My Mind
Stevie Wonder
51. Family Reunion
The O'Jays
52. The Four Tops Second Album
The Four Tops
53. Call on Me / That's the Way Love Is
Bobby Bland
54. Ingredients In A Recipe for Soul
Ray Charles
55. Keep On Pushing
The Impressions
56. In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett
57. Meet The Temptations
The Temptations
58. Here's The Man!!!
Bobby "Blue" Bland
59. The Soul Album
Otis Redding
60. Hold On, I'm Comin'
Sam & Dave
61. The Supremes A' Go-Go
The Supremes
62. Get It While You Can
Howard Tate
63. Wish It Would Rain
Temptations
64. Soul Men
Sam & Dave
65. 'Live' at the Apollo, Volume II
James Brown
66. Young, Gifted and Black
Aretha Franklin
67. Away We A Go-Go
Miracles
68. Total Destruction To Your Mind
Swamp Dogg
69. Still Bill
Bill Withers
70. Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
The Staple Singers
71. Imagination
Gladys Knight and The Pips
72. The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland
The Supremes
73. The Sound Of Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
74. Mercy!
Don Covay
75. Wish Someone Would Care
Irma Thomas
76. With A Lot O' Soul
The Temptations
77. Four Tops
The Four Tops
78. Al Green Explores Your Mind
Al Green
79. We're Gonna Make It
Little Milton
80. I Do Love You
Billy Stewart
81. Cry Baby
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters
82. The Fabulous Miracles
The Miracles
83. This Is My Country
The Impressions
84. There Is
The Dells
85. Psychedelic Shack
The Temptations
86. Think!
James Brown & The Famous Flames
87. The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner
Ike & Tina Turner
88. Pain In My Heart
Otis Redding
89. Everything Is Everything
Donny Hathaway
90. ...To Be Continued
Isaac Hayes
91. From a Whisper to a Scream
Esther Phillips
92. Aretha Arrives
Aretha Franklin
93. Last Night!
The Mar-Keys
94. Testifyin'
Clarence Carter
95. Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud
James Brown
96. Soul '69
Aretha Franklin
97. Straight from the Heart
Ann Peebles
98. Black Moses
Isaac Hayes
99. (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People
The Chi-Lites
100. Buying A Book
Joe Tex
101. James Brown Sings Raw Soul
James Brown
102. The Amazing James Brown
James Brown and the Famous Flames
103. Pure Dynamite!
James Brown
104. Mighty Love
The Spinners
105. Up-Tight Everything's Alright
Stevie Wonder
106. Gettin' Ready
The Temptations
107. Live In Europe
Otis Redding
108. The Soul Of A Bell
William Bell
109. King & Queen
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
110. United
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
111. Where I'm Coming From
Stevie Wonder
112. Sky's the Limit
The Temptations
113. Understanding
Bobby Womack
114. A Lonely Man
The Chi-Lites
115. A Nickel and a Nail and Ace of Spades
O.V. Wright
116. I'm Just A Prisoner
Candi Staton
117. The Delfonics
The Delfonics
118. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
The Dramatics
119. I Miss You / Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
120. Can I Change My Mind?
Tyrone Davis
121. Puzzle People
The Temptations
122. Higher And Higher
Jackie Wilson
123. Don't Give Up On me
Solomon Burke
124. The Time Has Come
Chambers Brothers
125. Caught Up
Millie Jackson
126. Brother, Brother, Brother
Isley Brothers

Last Updated: 2020-01-18
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