Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
196051223,335
196147620,510
196250718,210
196354451,230
196462346,879
1965742166,654
1966800226,644
19671,035361,770
19681,328254,182
19691,621399,284
Total8,1881,568,697

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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1963
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10,207
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1969
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9,185
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1969
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8,975
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1969
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8,904
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1969
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8,719
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1969
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8,683
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1967
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8,427
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1965
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8,268
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1969
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8,265
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1964
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8,011
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 46 5%
1961 54 5%
1962 47 5%
1963 52 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 92 9%
1966 102 10%
1967 134 13%
1968 196 20%
1969 211 21%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Beach Boys 15 2%
The Rolling Stones 15 2%
John Coltrane 12 1%
Frank Sinatra 11 1%
Nina Simone 11 1%
The Kinks 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 637 64%
United Kingdom 214 21%
Brazil 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 17 2%
Germany 13 1%
France 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Live? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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