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Best Albums of the 1960s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 15,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
196011310,644 Sketches Of Spain (471st)
by Miles Davis
196112511,571 King of the Delta Blues Singers (502nd)
by Robert Johnson
19621246,773 Modern Sounds In Country and Wes... (1,278th)
by Ray Charles
196316534,648 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (149th)
by Bob Dylan
196419529,601 A Hard Day's Night (197th)
by The Beatles
1965251161,669 Highway 61 Revisited (17th)
by Bob Dylan
1966269232,013 Revolver (3rd)
by The Beatles
1967373371,945 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club... (5th)
by The Beatles
1968487229,778 The Beatles (The White Album) (9th)
by The Beatles
1969523340,722 Abbey Road (4th)
by The Beatles
Total2,6251,429,363

The best artists of the 1960s were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, The Beach Boys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Van Morrison and King Crimson.
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RankAlbumArtist
141.

Live At The RegalUnited States B.B. King
Year of Release:1965Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1965:12Rank Score:829
Rank in 1960s141Overall Rank:1,538
Average Rating: 79/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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142.

Smiley SmileUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1967Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1967:30Rank Score:823
Rank in 1960s142Overall Rank:1,546
Average Rating: 74/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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143.

Out Of Our HeadsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1965Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1965:13Rank Score:821
Rank in 1960s143Overall Rank:1,550
Average Rating: 77/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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144.

Unit StructuresUnited States Cecil Taylor
Year of Release:1966Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1966:14Rank Score:815
Rank in 1960s144Overall Rank:1,562
Average Rating: 76/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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145.

Howlin' WolfUnited States Howlin' Wolf
Year of Release:1962Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1962:2Rank Score:805
Rank in 1960s145Overall Rank:1,577
Average Rating: 80/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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146.

Ewa Demarczyk śpiewa Piosenki Zygmunta KoniecznegoPoland Ewa Demarczyk
Year of Release:1967Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1967:31Rank Score:789
Rank in 1960s146Overall Rank:1,601
Average Rating: 72/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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147.

Absolutely FreeUnited States The Mothers of Invention
Year of Release:1967Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1967:32Rank Score:783
Rank in 1960s147Overall Rank:1,610
Average Rating: 80/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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148.

Jazz På SvenskaSweden Jan Johansson
Year of Release:1964Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1964:7Rank Score:780
Rank in 1960s148Overall Rank:1,613
Average Rating: 74/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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149.

The Allman Brothers BandUnited States The Allman Brothers Band
Year of Release:1969Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1969:42Rank Score:777
Rank in 1960s149Overall Rank:1,620
Average Rating: 78/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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150.

Procol HarumUnited Kingdom Procol Harum
Year of Release:1967Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1967:33Rank Score:770
Rank in 1960s150Overall Rank:1,629
Average Rating: 80/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 42 4%
1961 47 5%
1962 44 4%
1963 49 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 100 10%
1966 99 10%
1967 146 15%
1968 195 20%
1969 212 21%
Artist Albums %


The Beach Boys 17 2%
The Beatles 15 2%
The Rolling Stones 13 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Various Artists 12 1%
Johnny Cash 11 1%
Frank Sinatra 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 611 61%
United Kingdom 229 23%
Canada 23 2%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Brazil 21 2%
France 14 1%
Italy 12 1%
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