Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
196042221,153
196142218,637
196244415,982
196349050,862
196457644,545
1965684167,720
1966735228,726
1967971367,075
19681,234250,557
19691,500397,833
Total7,4781,563,090

The best artists of the 1960s were The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and The Rolling Stones.
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1966
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34,589
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1967
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31,173
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1969
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29,271
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1969
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23,969
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1968
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23,549
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1969
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23,189
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1967
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20,711
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1968
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20,347
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1965
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19,356
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1967
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18,861
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 41 4%
1961 57 6%
1962 42 4%
1963 51 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 86 9%
1966 100 10%
1967 143 14%
1968 193 19%
1969 221 22%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Rolling Stones 15 2%
The Beach Boys 14 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Nina Simone 11 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
Frank Sinatra 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 619 62%
United Kingdom 216 22%
Brazil 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 18 2%
France 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 31 3%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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