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Best Albums of the 1960s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
196034124,115 Giant Steps (541st)
by John Coltrane
196136020,454 King Of The Delta Blues Singers (737th)
by Robert Johnson
196238315,862 Modern Sounds In Country And Wes... (1,294th)
by Ray Charles
196342665,396 The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (137th)
by Charles Mingus
196448953,605 A Hard Day's Night (227th)
by The Beatles
1965589265,211 Highway 61 Revisited (20th)
by Bob Dylan
1966659376,486 Revolver (4th)
by The Beatles
1967840591,282 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club... (5th)
by The Beatles
19681,110379,079 The Beatles (The White Album) (12th)
by The Beatles
19691,352591,883 Abbey Road (3rd)
by The Beatles
Total6,5492,383,373

The best artists of the 1960s were The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground And Nico, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and The Rolling Stones.
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RankAlbumArtist
64.

Giant StepsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1960Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1960:1Rank Score:4,869
Rank in 1960s64Overall Rank:541
Average Rating:  82/100 (441 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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65.

Sketches Of SpainUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1960Appears in:375 charts
Rank in 1960:2Rank Score:4,826
Rank in 1960s65Overall Rank:543
Average Rating:  82/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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113.

At Last!United States Etta James
Year of Release:1960Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1960:3Rank Score:2,067
Rank in 1960s113Overall Rank:1,175
Average Rating:  78/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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167.

Blues & RootsUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1960Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1960:4Rank Score:1,185
Rank in 1960s167Overall Rank:1,856
Average Rating:  79/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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225.

Joan BaezUnited States Joan Baez
Year of Release:1960Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1960:5Rank Score:760
Rank in 1960s225Overall Rank:2,645
Average Rating:  75/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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232.

Elvis Is Back!United States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1960Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1960:6Rank Score:724
Rank in 1960s232Overall Rank:2,737
Average Rating:  76/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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245.

We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteUnited States Max Roach
Year of Release:1960Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1960:7Rank Score:653
Rank in 1960s245Overall Rank:2,948
Average Rating:  76/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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251.

Soul StationUnited States Hank Mobley
Year of Release:1960Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1960:8Rank Score:607
Rank in 1960s251Overall Rank:3,118
Average Rating:  78/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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257.

The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes MontgomeryUnited States Wes Montgomery
Year of Release:1960Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1960:9Rank Score:574
Rank in 1960s257Overall Rank:3,268
Average Rating:  79/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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272.

At Newport 1960United States Muddy Waters
Year of Release:1960Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1960:10Rank Score:507
Rank in 1960s272Overall Rank:3,619
Average Rating:  77/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 35 4%
1961 44 4%
1962 37 4%
1963 56 6%
1964 61 6%
1965 94 9%
1966 102 10%
1967 143 14%
1968 197 20%
1969 231 23%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 15 2%
The Beach Boys 14 1%
The Rolling Stones 14 1%
Frank Sinatra 13 1%
John Coltrane 12 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
Nina Simone 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 610 61%
United Kingdom 222 22%
Brazil 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
France 13 1%
Germany 13 1%
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