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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 38,000 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.
196035824,410 Sketches Of Spain (528th)
by Miles Davis
196137321,911 King Of The Delta Blues Singers (756th)
by Robert Johnson
196239516,267 Modern Sounds In Country And Wes... (1,308th)
by Ray Charles
196344267,114 The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (137th)
by Charles Mingus
196451055,108 A Hard Day's Night (232nd)
by The Beatles
1965603267,971 Highway 61 Revisited (21st)
by Bob Dylan
1966665380,469 Revolver (4th)
by The Beatles
1967889597,946 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club... (5th)
by The Beatles
19681,127382,618 The Beatles (The White Album) (13th)
by The Beatles
19691,372597,810 Abbey Road (3rd)
by The Beatles
Total6,7342,411,624

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
25.

The Black Saint And The Sinner LadyUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1963Appears in:695 charts
Rank in 1963:1Rank Score:19,485
Rank in 1960s25Overall Rank:137
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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28.

The Freewheelin' Bob DylanUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1963Appears in:765 charts
Rank in 1963:2Rank Score:16,885
Rank in 1960s28Overall Rank:161
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,197 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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51.

Please Please MeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1963Appears in:512 charts
Rank in 1963:3Rank Score:6,632
Rank in 1960s51Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,328 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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69.

Live At The ApolloUnited States James Brown
Year of Release:1963Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1963:4Rank Score:4,158
Rank in 1960s69Overall Rank:621
Average Rating:  79/100 (443 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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98.

With The BeatlesUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1963Appears in:355 charts
Rank in 1963:5Rank Score:2,605
Rank in 1960s98Overall Rank:957
Average Rating:  76/100 (928 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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145.

Night BeatUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1963Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1963:6Rank Score:1,452
Rank in 1960s145Overall Rank:1,577
Average Rating:  78/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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158.

Monk's DreamUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1963Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1963:7Rank Score:1,301
Rank in 1960s158Overall Rank:1,739
Average Rating:  80/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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189.

A Christmas Gift For YouMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1963Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1963:8Rank Score:1,016
Rank in 1960s189Overall Rank:2,144
Average Rating:  78/100 (135 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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208.

Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus MingusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1963Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1963:9Rank Score:863
Rank in 1960s208Overall Rank:2,416
Average Rating:  78/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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243.

Night TrainCanada The Oscar Peterson Trio
Year of Release:1963Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1963:10Rank Score:684
Rank in 1960s243Overall Rank:2,889
Average Rating:  76/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 35 4%
1961 48 5%
1962 37 4%
1963 56 6%
1964 62 6%
1965 93 9%
1966 107 11%
1967 143 14%
1968 192 19%
1969 227 23%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 596 60%
United Kingdom 222 22%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 32 3%
Canada 23 2%
France 16 2%
Germany 13 1%
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