Top 100 Music Albums of the 1960s by Tamthebam (2021)

This was a great decade for music although it was dominated with music from the mid/late sixties with great albums from The Beatles, Stones & Bob Dylan. Many iconic bands were formed during this period and there was a big breakthrough for soul/ RnB albums with the labels Atlantic and Motown leading the way. I like all types of music no matter who was responsible and I did not include any "Best Of" albums that I included in my year charts.

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The best album of the 60's way ahead of its time. Lou Reed & co. must have had a ball making this album it is loose & loud and yet very together, then there are Nico's amazing vocal. It's reputation only grows with time. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1967
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From start to finish this is my favourite Beatles album it is their best album of the 60's and one of the best albums of all time and the last album they recorded (Let It Be was released a year later but the tracks for it had already been recorded). They hit an all time peak with this record I doubt they would have been able to better it,if they had stayed together. Octopus's Garden & Silver Hammer are the only tracks which get less than 90/100. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1969
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77,358
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This album sounds like 3 individual songwriters battling to see who can win with their songs. It makes for a great listen even if it is a bit disjointed. Not all four were present in the studio at the same time McCartney working mostly solo or with Harrison/Starr and Lennon preoccupied with Yoko Ono whose influence is clearly felt on Revolution 9. There are 30 tracks this could have been trimmed down to 28 omitting Piggies & Revolution 9, having said that the album is a must for all Beatle fans and music lovers contains some great tracks - Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Blackbird, Back In The U.S.S.R. & Helter Skelter. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1968
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This is thee soul album of the 60's head & shoulders above everything else Aretha did or any solo artist in the 60's. She along with Nina Simone have voices that transcend time you know within 3 secs. of hearing her voice "that's Aretha". Every track here is brilliant Respect, the title track, Dr. Feelgood, Do Right Woman & a brilliant version of A Change Is Gonna Come stand out but this is just a superb RnB/soul album. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1967
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This is a great Stones record not a single weak track Sympathy, Jigsaw, Salt of the Earth and Street Fighting Man stand out from the rest but the other mostly acoustic numbers make the album a relaxing listen and a smooth ride. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1968
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The first of the Beatles masterpieces which still sounds great today. Beatles album until The White album & Abbey Road were released. It is my 4th best Beatles album and one of my all time 100 albums. It contains one of the better Ringo tracks "What Goes On" along with Norwegian Wood, In My Life Michelle, Nowhere Man, The Word & Drive My Car which rank 90/100 or more. The rest of the album is good I think that Revolver released 6 months later took some of the spotlight away from this album but over the years I keep coming back to it more so than Sgt. Pepper or Revolver. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1965
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36,143
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A great album Gimme Shelter, Midnight Rambler, You Can't Always Get What You Want are all here I prefer the original Honky Tonk Woman to the country version but that's the only fault I can find. The title track, Live With Me & Monkey Man are brilliant. Sticky Fingers & Exile would follow. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1969
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Well what is there left to say about Brian Wilson and his imagination an amazing album full of summertime music. You wake up on a sunny day play this album and the feeling lasts all day play it on a rainy day and it cheers u up. Every track is an experience I should know it took me 30 years to get into it ! [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1966
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The title says it all ! A great soul album Nina at her best. Standout tracks are "A little sugar ....." "Do I Move You" "In The Dark " "Since I Fell For You " and "Blues For Mama" but to top all of those is the amazing "My Mans Gone Now ". A brilliant album. [First added to this chart: 09/24/2013]
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1967
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This is as the title says Nina & her piano. A clever choice of songs all tracks are 80/100 or more. The atmosphere created by Nina & the piano is amazing she really is on top form. Her version of Everyone's Gone To The Moon takes the song in a completely different direction as does her whispering voice on the Desperate Ones. Compensation, Who Am I, Another Spring and Nobody's Fault But Mine are brilliant but thee outstanding tracks here are I Think It's Gonna Rain Today & Seems I'm Never Tired Lovin' You, Nina takes these two songs and makes them hers. [First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1969
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 4 4%
1964 3 3%
1965 10 10%
1966 10 10%
1967 20 20%
1968 23 23%
1969 30 30%
Country Albums %


United States 56 56%
United Kingdom 32 32%
Canada 8 8%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Germany 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 1960s chart changes

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Climber Up 1 from 13th to 12th
Revolver
by The Beatles
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 12th to 13th
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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From 11/10/2020 03:03
Solid chart, love your writing
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From 03/16/2020 14:15
Beggars Banquet in the top 10! Great choice for an overall great list!
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From 01/04/2017 19:40
Sweet 60s chart! 44 albums in common. Good to see the Rod Stewart album or as it was called in the UK An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down. Good diversity of music. I think you have good taste man.
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From 09/08/2015 17:24
A nice chart, fluid. No Janis Joplin or Cream? Still a good feeling chart as is. Glad u dropped Moby Grape in there.
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From 02/07/2014 17:15
Fun to see Aretha Franklin so high.
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From 10/22/2013 12:56
You seem to be the soul representative of BEA.
There sure is a lack of good soul music on BEA, but I´m not fully satisfied with your chart - a bit too many classics and too many albums of your top4 - no real surprises.
The music`s OK
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