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Top-ranked artists

The top-ranked artists that appear most prominently in over 29,000 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 Beatles59Abbey Road (3rd)630,421
United Kingdom2Radiohead19OK Computer (1st)514,031
United Kingdom3Pink Floyd32The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)401,623
United Kingdom4Led Zeppelin19Led Zeppelin IV (8th)246,569
United States5Bob Dylan62Highway 61 Revisited (20th)241,060
United Kingdom6David Bowie54The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (16th)213,768
Canada7Arcade Fire6Funeral (7th)172,101
United Kingdom8The Rolling Stones67Exile On Main St. (30th)162,732
United States9Nirvana14Nevermind (9th)158,538
United States10The Velvet Underground17The Velvet Underground And Nico (10th)145,437
United Kingdom11The Smiths14The Queen Is Dead (21st)115,578
United States12Pixies14Doolittle (19th)112,530
United States13The Beach Boys52Pet Sounds (13th)111,034
United Kingdom14The Clash16London Calling (14th)108,478
United Kingdom15The Who32Who's Next (27th)106,478
Ireland16U230The Joshua Tree (33rd)104,575
Canada17Neil Young62After The Gold Rush (82nd)96,552
United States18Jimi Hendrix48Are You Experienced (29th)95,453
United States19Bruce Springsteen52Born To Run (43rd)94,303
United States20The Doors32The Doors (25th)88,442
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