Top 100 Music Albums of the 1960s by meccalecca (2020)

Some clean-cut kids boys wrote some songs about love. Then they took a load of drugs. The 60s are a fascinating period. Soul was at its peak. Jazz saw some of its greatest releases. Rock exploded. Lyrical songwriting became more meaningful. And drugs took music to very strange new places.

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In my opinion, this is the greatest debut of all time. The Velvets brought New York's grime and seedy underbelly into a music world still very much about love, fun and clean polish. They were noisy, dark, raw, experimental and real.

Favorite songs: All Tomorrow's Parties, Venus In Furs, Black Angel's Death Song
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1967
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Syd Barret's magical LSD daydream is one of the most genuine psychedelic recordings.

Favorite songs: Astronomy Domine, Lucifer Sam, Flaming, Bike
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1967
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1968
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1965
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There's a moment during "Jesus" that appropriately feels like a religious experience. That's what this album is to me

Favorite songs: Jesus, I'm Set Free, After Hours, Murder Mystery, Pale Blues Eyes, Candy Says
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1969
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16,125
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A flawless collection of pop-psychedelia that's filled with warmth.

Favorite songs: Care Of Cell 44, Hung Up On A Dream, This Will Be Our Year, Time Of The Season
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1968
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Up until Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys were a pretty juvenile pop band singing about girls, surfing and cars. The harmonies and melodies were solid, but there was very little substance to the bulk of their songs. Pet Sounds is different though. Brian Wilson was given room to work his magic in the studio, and maybe more importantly he handled the songwriting instead of sharing duties with Mike Love. Pet Sounds is the perfect feel good album of the 60s.

Favorite songs: You Still Believe In Me, Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder), I'm Waiting For The Day, God Only Knows
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1966
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1964
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A stream of consciousness daydream seamlessly marrying jazz, soul and rock.

Favorite songs: Astral Weeks, Madame George, Cyprus Avenue, Sweet Thing
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1968
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[First added to this chart: 03/15/2013]
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1967
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 2 2%
1961 2 2%
1962 4 4%
1963 6 6%
1964 8 8%
1965 9 9%
1966 11 11%
1967 17 17%
1968 18 18%
1969 23 23%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 9 9%
Bob Dylan 6 6%
Love 3 3%
The Kinks 3 3%
Nina Simone 3 3%
The Band 2 2%
Nico 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 56 56%
United Kingdom 28 28%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Canada 5 5%
Brazil 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
Italy 1 1%
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fallers Down 17 from 12th to 29th
Highway 61 Revisited
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fallers Down 15 from 20th to 35th
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fallers Down 13 from 25th to 38th
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From 01/07/2014 12:18
It seems we have a pretty similar view on the 60`s.
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From 01/07/2014 04:58
Scott Walker's 2 is also a favorite of mine.
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From 10/25/2013 21:58
I really enjoyed your chart. You Picked Os Mutantes , Finally someone who likes this brazillian band
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From 07/23/2013 12:04
Well, I grew up on 60s rock, so it's far more cemented into my persona. I don't feel soul was at it's strongest in album form. I love Sam Cooke, Otis, James Brown, and all 3 are included here, but as strong as they were, their albums could be pretty hit and miss. Otis' albums were often loaded with covers that failed to showcase his voice. I could probably use a Marvin Gaye record here though, but i prefer his 70s output.
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From 07/23/2013 01:04
I recall a 2003 'From The Vaults' comp but you are right. =P - But yeah there is a lot of rock canon overpowering soul and pop cuts though.
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From 07/23/2013 00:36
@Gowienczyk Pffft. Ronettes are at #24. And unless I'm mistaken, Goldie & The Gingerbreads never released a proper album. singles only. But I do also have Supremes, Shangri-Las, Martha & The Vandellas and The Crystals. How much more do you need? Shirelles were very close but didn't make the cut.
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No Ronettes? Goldie & The Gingerbreads? Pffft love for girl groups my butt. =P
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