Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 greatest album charts.

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1960s decade summary
YearAlbums The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
196042221,172
196142218,627
196244416,049
196349050,989
196457644,499
1965684168,045
1966735228,950
1967971367,357
19681,235250,875
19691,501397,943
Total7,4801,564,506

The best artists of the 1960s were The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and The Rolling Stones.
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1969
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84,437
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1966
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77,797
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1967
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72,125
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1967
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61,834
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1966
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58,255
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1968
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55,833
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1965
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41,030
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1965
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39,677
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1969
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38,212
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1967
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37,277
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 41 4%
1961 57 6%
1962 42 4%
1963 51 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 86 9%
1966 101 10%
1967 142 14%
1968 193 19%
1969 221 22%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Rolling Stones 15 2%
The Beach Boys 14 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Nina Simone 11 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
Frank Sinatra 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 619 62%
United Kingdom 216 22%
Brazil 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 18 2%
France 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 970 97%
Yes 30 3%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Pixies
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. R.E.M.
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