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Top-ranked artists

The top-ranked artists that appear most prominently in over 16,000 greatest album charts on BestEverAlbums.com are listed below:

N.B. Artists from before the mid-1960s may not be as well represented in this chart, because this chart only takes into account their albums. (Before that time, singles were far more prevalent than albums).

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Rank Artist Albums   The number of albums by this artist featuring in the greatest album charts. Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album by this artist and where it ranks in the overall chart. Score   Total rank score for this artist (made up of the total rank score from all of their albums)
United Kingdom1The Beatles44Revolver (3rd)469,782
United Kingdom2Radiohead16OK Computer (1st)350,165
United Kingdom3Pink Floyd24The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)276,530
United Kingdom4Led Zeppelin19Led Zeppelin IV (8th)182,498
United States5Bob Dylan56Highway 61 Revisited (18th)179,809
United Kingdom6David Bowie43The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (20th)129,047
Canada7Arcade Fire5Funeral (10th)124,885
United States8Nirvana12Nevermind (6th)123,156
United Kingdom9The Rolling Stones52Exile On Main St. (28th)121,647
United States10The Velvet Underground15The Velvet Underground And Nico (11th)105,423
Ireland11U223The Joshua Tree (32nd)85,416
United Kingdom12The Clash14London Calling (12th)84,230
United Kingdom13The Who28Who's Next (24th)81,709
United States14Pixies11Doolittle (19th)81,242
United Kingdom15The Smiths13The Queen Is Dead (22nd)79,526
United States16The Beach Boys49Pet Sounds (13th)78,396
United States17Jimi Hendrix37Are You Experienced (30th)72,534
United States18Bruce Springsteen30Born To Run (42nd)69,589
Canada19Neil Young53After The Gold Rush (75th)68,862
United States20The Doors22The Doors (25th)66,383
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