Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 51,000 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.
196058125,454
196154523,422
196261221,014
196362450,944
196471149,440
1965846153,556
1966916199,384
19671,156319,858
19681,507234,836
19691,881361,965
Total9,3791,439,871

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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1969
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68,779
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1966
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60,297
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1967
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54,873
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1967
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49,069
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1966
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47,707
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1968
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45,559
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1969
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33,386
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1965
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32,826
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1965
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32,032
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30,588
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Total albums: 962. Page 1 of 97

Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 53 5%
1961 64 6%
1962 47 5%
1963 52 5%
1964 67 7%
1965 94 9%
1966 100 10%
1967 139 14%
1968 193 19%
1969 192 19%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Beach Boys 14 1%
The Rolling Stones 14 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Miles Davis 11 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
Nina Simone 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 623 62%
United Kingdom 210 21%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Brazil 26 3%
France 23 2%
Canada 18 2%
Germany 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 38 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 17 2%
Best Albums of the 1960s
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. Revolver by The Beatles
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
6. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
7. In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) by King Crimson
8. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
9. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
10. The Doors by The Doors
11. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
12. Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
14. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
15. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
16. Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
17. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
18. Forever Changes by Love
19. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
20. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
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