Barbra Streisand Albums Ranked

Barbara Joan “Barbra” Streisand (/ˈstraɪsænd/; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. With a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and is one of the few entertainers who have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award (EGOT). With sales of over 150 million records worldwide, Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the highest-certified female album artist with 68.5 million album units in the United States. Billboard honored Streisand as the greatest Billboard 200 female artist of all time. Her accolades include two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes. Here are all of Barbra Streisand albums ranked.

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10. Till I Loved You (1988)

“The album only peaked at #10 on the Billboard Album Charts, but would eventually sell a million copies being certified platinum. Highlights here include the title track (Barbra’s duet with Don), “The Places You Find Love”, “One More Time Around”, and the masterpiece recording “All I Ask of You”, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gem from “Phantom of the Opera”.

9. Back To Broadway (1993)

“The set opens with Some enchanted evening (from South Pacific), a song that Barbra wasn’t originally particularly keen on, but she was eventually persuaded to record it and was, it seems, very happy with the result. So she should be, as it makes a great opening to the album. Everybody says don’t (from Anyone can whistle) is one of just three Stephen Sondheim songs featured here, compared with seven on her original Broadway album.”

8. The Second Barbra Streisand Album (1963)

“The Second Barbra Streisand Album came out not too long after Barbra’s first record album; she had become wildly popular almost overnight. That’s very much to her credit. This album features Barbra at her peak–although, then again, it’s tough to think of Barbra Streisand NOT singing at her peak! The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is terrific.”

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7. Color Me Barbra (1966)

“It was a strong collection on which Streisand successfully tackled such standards as Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach “Yesterdays” and Rodgers & Hart’s “Where or When,” as well as introducing some good new show material in “Where Am I Going?” from Sweet Charity and Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire’s “Starting Here, Starting Now,” as well as displaying her comedic skills on “The Minute Waltz.” The long medley of “face” songs (“Funny Face,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” etc.) made more sense on TV, where Streisand sang it to a studio zoo full of animals, but was still enjoyable.”

6. My Name Is Barbra (1965)

“This early album showcases how versatile Streisand is with her singing. On one notable track (My Pa),she sings as if she is a little girl, then gradually her voice transforms, soaring beautifully into that of the mature adult.”

5. People (1964)

“This is probably Barbra Streisand’s most evenly perfect album. You would think that the other tracks would be dwarfed by the obvious hugeness of “People”, but not so. That song is lodged safely at the end of the album, and by the time you get there, you have already heard 11 very good tracks. “Absent Minded Me” is the first one, and it is an indicator of the selections in general: smooth, melodic, playful, a little naive but subtly sexy.”

4. The Way We Were (1974)

“This is classic 70s Streisand. The theme from The Way We Were become one of THE career defining recordings of Barbra’s career. She had made the transition form Broadway star singing those massive show tunes to a more contemporary artist recording a mix of new tunes and interpretations of recent hits by other artists/songwriters of note in the rock field. It still holds up very well almost 50 years after it was released in 1974. Great album.”

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3. The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)

“A great collection of songs by one of the most beautiful and expressive voices of a generation. If you want to know what all the fuss was about give this album a listen. “Sleeping Bee” was the song that she (in her teens) sung in a talent contest in Brooklyn. She was talked into entering it by her friends…when she sang it for them on the eve of the contest, they were all in tears.”

2. Guilty (1980)

“Guilty was one of those albums that captured a special, if not, bittersweet, time in my life. Oh to be young and carefree, but subject to the pain that comes along with growing up. I was going through my Barbra phase, and her connection with the Bee Gees didn’t hurt. This was one of my LPs on which there were so many good cuts; but, as I’m sure many of you have, one where you dropped the needle when needed. The title cut is so soulful.”

1. The Broadway Album (1985)

“This is the best Streisand album out there. After making a whole bunch of pop albums in the 70’s, she decided to revisit Broadway songs which were how her recording career began & Broadway songs were basically all she released up to 1968. The orchestration and her choice of songs is impeccable the album flows from one track to another until the climax ,the final track “Somewhere”. A wonderful album and her voice is amazing.”