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Top-ranked artists

The top-ranked artists that appear most prominently in over 36,000 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 Beatles62Abbey Road (3rd)692,624
United Kingdom2Radiohead20OK Computer (1st)579,816
United Kingdom3Pink Floyd31The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)453,329
United Kingdom4Led Zeppelin22Led Zeppelin IV (7th)274,276
United States5Bob Dylan66Highway 61 Revisited (20th)264,105
United Kingdom6David Bowie63The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (16th)252,966
Canada7Arcade Fire6Funeral (8th)188,307
United Kingdom8The Rolling Stones72Exile On Main St. (31st)178,972
United States9Nirvana15Nevermind (10th)175,052
United States10The Velvet Underground18The Velvet Underground And Nico (9th)160,688
United Kingdom11The Smiths14The Queen Is Dead (21st)130,700
United States12Pixies15Doolittle (19th)125,993
United States13The Beach Boys56Pet Sounds (14th)124,563
United Kingdom14The Clash16London Calling (15th)117,526
United Kingdom15The Who40Who's Next (28th)114,966
Ireland16U231The Joshua Tree (36th)114,639
Canada17Neil Young69After The Gold Rush (82nd)109,853
United States18Jimi Hendrix57Are You Experienced (30th)106,628
United States19Bruce Springsteen70Born To Run (51st)105,283
United States20The Doors34The Doors (26th)98,285
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