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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 Beatles45Revolver (3rd)470,969
United Kingdom2Radiohead16OK Computer (1st)352,928
United Kingdom3Pink Floyd24The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)277,424
United Kingdom4Led Zeppelin19Led Zeppelin IV (8th)183,693
United States5Bob Dylan56Highway 61 Revisited (18th)180,459
United Kingdom6David Bowie43The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (20th)129,392
Canada7Arcade Fire5Funeral (10th)125,630
United States8Nirvana12Nevermind (6th)123,481
United Kingdom9The Rolling Stones52Exile On Main St. (28th)122,106
United States10The Velvet Underground15The Velvet Underground And Nico (11th)105,841
Ireland11U223The Joshua Tree (32nd)85,658
United Kingdom12The Clash14London Calling (12th)84,470
United Kingdom13The Who28Who's Next (24th)82,341
United States14Pixies11Doolittle (19th)81,332
United Kingdom15The Smiths13The Queen Is Dead (22nd)79,305
United States16The Beach Boys48Pet Sounds (13th)78,527
United States17Jimi Hendrix37Are You Experienced (29th)72,641
United States18Bruce Springsteen30Born To Run (42nd)69,955
Canada19Neil Young54After The Gold Rush (74th)68,898
United States20The Doors22The Doors (25th)66,872
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