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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 (738th)
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
2.

RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,901 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:146,997
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,656 votes)
Comments: 403 comments
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6.

Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,247 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:100,094
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,580 votes)
Comments: 270 comments
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10.

Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,554 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:58,901
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,924 votes)
Comments: 138 comments
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55.

AftermathUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1966Appears in:461 charts
Rank in 1966:4Rank Score:5,862
Rank in 1960s55Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  79/100 (719 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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58.

Freak Out!United States The Mothers Of Invention
Year of Release:1966Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1966:5Rank Score:5,321
Rank in 1960s58Overall Rank:496
Average Rating:  81/100 (550 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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62.

Sounds Of SilenceUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1966Appears in:442 charts
Rank in 1966:6Rank Score:5,177
Rank in 1960s62Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  80/100 (528 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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66.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And ThymeUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1966Appears in:411 charts
Rank in 1966:7Rank Score:4,636
Rank in 1960s66Overall Rank:561
Average Rating:  80/100 (459 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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84.

The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor ElevatorsUnited States 13th Floor Elevators
Year of Release:1966Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1966:8Rank Score:2,932
Rank in 1960s84Overall Rank:855
Average Rating:  79/100 (327 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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93.

AscensionUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1966Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1966:9Rank Score:2,669
Rank in 1960s93Overall Rank:922
Average Rating:  78/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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94.

Black Monk TimeUnited States Monks
Year of Release:1966Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1966:10Rank Score:2,664
Rank in 1960s94Overall Rank:925
Average Rating:  78/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 13 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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