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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
25.

The Black Saint And The Sinner LadyUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1963Appears in:678 charts
Rank in 1963:1Rank Score:19,183
Rank in 1960s25Overall Rank:137
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (753 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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29.

The Freewheelin' Bob DylanUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1963Appears in:742 charts
Rank in 1963:2Rank Score:16,300
Rank in 1960s29Overall Rank:163
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,174 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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51.

Please Please MeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1963Appears in:505 charts
Rank in 1963:3Rank Score:6,454
Rank in 1960s51Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,283 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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70.

Live At The ApolloUnited States James Brown
Year of Release:1963Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1963:4Rank Score:4,128
Rank in 1960s70Overall Rank:621
Average Rating:  79/100 (432 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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92.

With The BeatlesUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1963Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1963:5Rank Score:2,689
Rank in 1960s92Overall Rank:913
Average Rating:  76/100 (900 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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146.

Night BeatUnited States Sam Cooke
Year of Release:1963Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1963:6Rank Score:1,423
Rank in 1960s146Overall Rank:1,602
Average Rating:  78/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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156.

Monk's DreamUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1963Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1963:7Rank Score:1,287
Rank in 1960s156Overall Rank:1,740
Average Rating:  80/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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186.

A Christmas Gift For YouMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1963Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1963:8Rank Score:1,010
Rank in 1960s186Overall Rank:2,125
Average Rating:  78/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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208.

Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus MingusUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1963Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1963:9Rank Score:844
Rank in 1960s208Overall Rank:2,429
Average Rating:  78/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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240.

Night TrainCanada The Oscar Peterson Trio
Year of Release:1963Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1963:10Rank Score:680
Rank in 1960s240Overall Rank:2,861
Average Rating:  77/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 0 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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