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Top-ranked artists

The top-ranked artists that appear most prominently in over 32,000 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 Beatles61Abbey Road (3rd)657,201
United Kingdom2Radiohead20OK Computer (1st)541,462
United Kingdom3Pink Floyd31The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)424,399
United Kingdom4Led Zeppelin19Led Zeppelin IV (9th)256,741
United States5Bob Dylan65Highway 61 Revisited (20th)251,111
United Kingdom6David Bowie56The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (16th)230,183
Canada7Arcade Fire6Funeral (7th)180,241
United Kingdom8The Rolling Stones71Exile On Main St. (31st)170,743
United States9Nirvana14Nevermind (10th)165,084
United States10The Velvet Underground18The Velvet Underground And Nico (8th)153,986
United Kingdom11The Smiths14The Queen Is Dead (21st)123,019
United States12The Beach Boys53Pet Sounds (13th)118,282
United States13Pixies14Doolittle (19th)117,870
United Kingdom14The Clash16London Calling (15th)112,182
Ireland15U231The Joshua Tree (34th)110,161
United Kingdom16The Who35Who's Next (27th)110,152
Canada17Neil Young66After The Gold Rush (80th)103,477
United States18Jimi Hendrix53Are You Experienced (30th)100,836
United States19Bruce Springsteen65Born To Run (48th)98,852
United States20The Doors33The Doors (26th)91,599
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