Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
196059526,766
196156123,058
196262620,836
196364949,898
196476348,952
1965902147,895
1966978191,450
19671,199305,518
19681,562228,771
19691,944350,106
Total9,7791,393,250

The best artists of the 1960s were The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and The Rolling Stones.
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Year of Release:
1969
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64,796
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1966
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56,248
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1967
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50,205
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1967
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45,567
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1966
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44,756
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1968
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43,010
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1969
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31,495
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1965
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30,851
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1965
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30,177
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1967
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28,996
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 56 6%
1961 62 6%
1962 48 5%
1963 50 5%
1964 68 7%
1965 92 9%
1966 99 10%
1967 141 14%
1968 195 20%
1969 189 19%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Beach Boys 15 2%
The Rolling Stones 14 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Miles Davis 12 1%
Nina Simone 10 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 631 63%
United Kingdom 209 21%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Brazil 25 3%
France 23 2%
Canada 16 2%
Germany 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 968 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 960 96%
Yes 40 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
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