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

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Overall chart rank: #1. Produced by George Martin. The last album The Beatles recorded somehow turned out to be one of their very best. The bits and pieces McCartney envisioned as song suites somehow worked, and Lennon's singular songs are among his best work. George Harrison's songs show how much he'd progressed into a rival of the band's songwriting team. Abbey Road is a miracle of 1969 modern technology: it sounds as clean as anything coming out today. One of the most entertaining albums ever made. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1969
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Produced by George Martin. The growth of The Beatles as songwriters and recording artists between Help! and Rubber Soul was staggering. Rubber Soul is packed with great songs, many of them acoustic. This is the album that inspired Pet Sounds, and one of the albums that moved me far enough to first pick up a guitar and start writing my own songs. That Rubber Soul MIGHT be the greatest Beatles album speaks volumes about how great they really were. This album is beautiful, and it's scary good. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1965
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40,106
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Produced by George Martin. This was my first real exposure to The Beatles...what a ride!This album is like nothing else before it. You can feel the tension in it, and you can hear, more than on any of their other works, how different they were as individuals. This always seems a bit sad to me, but it's also a band stretching out in directions that no one had dared to ever record before. A great set of songs, and a highly emotional album. This made me love The Beatles. I don't regret it for a minute. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1968
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56,204
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Produced by John Simon. Armed with a career full of playing backup band for the likes of Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, The Band recorded their debut armed with great originals and Dylan covers. The result is an album that was like no other. "I Shall Be Released" is one of the greatest recordings of the 20th century, and tracks like "Chest Fever", "The Weight" and "Tears Of Rage" make it one of the best debut albums of all time. A penomenal album by one of the greatest bands ever assembled. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1968
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6,617
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Produced by Phil & Leonard Chess. This was 1960, for chrissakes. The song "At Last" is owned by no one other than Etta James: it's absolutely perfect. It should be retired, and no one else should be able to record or even perform it, ever. The rest of the album At Last!? Holy hell, this woman could sing the shit out of anything. At Last! is loaded with amazing performances. Even the orchestrations can't hide the fact that she was an incredible talent, showcased nowhere as perfectly as it is here. [First added to this chart: 12/11/2011]
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1960
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1,597
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Produced by Tom Wilson. Dylan went electric here for the first time, and the results are nothing short of amazing. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Maggies Farm" and the rest of side one are great, burning rock tunes...but the real monster track here is "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)". This is Dylan at his most open, angry and expressive song, and the album rates this high for its inclusion alone. If this was the only song he ever recorded, he'd be a legend for it. "Money doesn't talk, it swears". Amen, Bob. [First added to this chart: 12/07/2011]
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1965
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15,746
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[First added to this chart: 09/04/2012]
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1969
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3,032
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Produced by George Martin. The first Beatles album to contain all original songs, A Hard Day's Night is the album most dominated by John Lennon. With only three McCartney tracks and one by Harrison, the rest is all John. Into his band, into being a songwriter, and cranking out classics. Paul may have peaked later on, but Lennon peaked here. For this one album, The Beatles really WERE John's band. And it was a great album. "I'll Cry Instead". "You Can't Do That". "If I Fell". John at his very best. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2011]
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1964
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Produced by Chas Chandler. Jimi Hendrix was a star for only four years before he died, but in that time, he did more to revolutionize the guitar than anyone else in the history of rock combined. The Experience was a great band...but it was all about Jimi. Are You Experienced is his coming out party. Thisis guitar like it had never been played before, and people are still trying to copy the playing on this album. This is the album that proves Jimi was the master of the electric guitar. Accept no substitutes. [First added to this chart: 01/23/2012]
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1967
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31,010
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Produced by George Martin. The growth of The Beatles from Help! to Rubber Soul to Revolver is staggering. That it took place in the span of a year and a half is amazing. It baffles me when people say that Revolver is nothing special. This album is special in every way. They took the under three minute pop song format and turned it upside down, into something it had never been before. Hard to believe that "Eleanor Rigby" clocks in at 2:08. "Tomorrow Never Knows" at 2:57. How do you cram that much experience into such a short period of time? Genius, I say. Genius. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2011]
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1966
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 1 1%
1961 1 1%
1962 2 2%
1963 5 5%
1964 6 6%
1965 10 10%
1966 10 10%
1967 19 19%
1968 18 18%
1969 28 28%
Country Albums %


United States 58 58%
United Kingdom 36 36%
Canada 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%

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From 10/25/2017 11:35
Great chart. I love the time that has gone into this with notes against albums. I've tried to do this myself but run out of patience. Respect.
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From 07/25/2014 21:04
Hard day's night in top 10. Brilliant.
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From 10/29/2013 17:25
Nice chart. I Agree with some Albuns. But i don't Guess ThatvThe White Album Is The Best Of The 60s. Yes He is one of the best abums of the beatles but not to be the best
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From 10/10/2013 23:13
Great Album. But I don't think the White Album is the best Beatles album
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From 03/15/2013 10:13
37 albums in common. Not bad.
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From 11/22/2012 14:56
Nice chart including the usual suspects (and they deserve it). I'd have placed Sgt Pepper's much, much higher though.
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great chart
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From 01/11/2012 16:52
Nice chart. The classical stuff - but there's nothing wrong with that, they're classical for a reason - plus nice jazz additions (I am yet to listen to Tijuana Moods !).
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From 01/06/2012 04:33
You got of the obvious ones here and more. Nice balance of jazz and rock. Can't wait to see what else you dig.
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