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Best Albums of the 1960s

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.
196035024,221 Sketches Of Spain (529th)
by Miles Davis
196137121,811 King Of The Delta Blues Singers (754th)
by Robert Johnson
196239216,323 Modern Sounds In Country And Wes... (1,294th)
by Ray Charles
196343766,869 The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (135th)
by Charles Mingus
196450554,926 A Hard Day's Night (232nd)
by The Beatles
1965598267,570 Highway 61 Revisited (20th)
by Bob Dylan
1966660379,256 Revolver (4th)
by The Beatles
1967873595,635 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club... (5th)
by The Beatles
19681,124381,878 The Beatles (The White Album) (13th)
by The Beatles
19691,361595,404 Abbey Road (3rd)
by The Beatles
Total6,6712,403,892

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
61.

Sounds Of SilenceUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1966Appears in:454 charts
Rank in 1966:6Rank Score:5,230
Rank in 1960s61Overall Rank:508
Average Rating:  80/100 (540 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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62.

Getz/GilbertoMixed Nationality Stan Getz & João Gilberto
Year of Release:1964Appears in:355 charts
Rank in 1964:2Rank Score:5,206
Rank in 1960s62Overall Rank:509
Average Rating:  82/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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63.

The Times They Are A-Changin'United States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1964Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1964:3Rank Score:5,157
Rank in 1960s63Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  80/100 (728 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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64.

Sketches Of SpainUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1960Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1960:1Rank Score:5,036
Rank in 1960s64Overall Rank:529
Average Rating:  82/100 (505 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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65.

Giant StepsUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1960Appears in:342 charts
Rank in 1960:2Rank Score:4,852
Rank in 1960s65Overall Rank:544
Average Rating:  82/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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66.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And ThymeUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1966Appears in:426 charts
Rank in 1966:7Rank Score:4,686
Rank in 1960s66Overall Rank:563
Average Rating:  80/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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67.

My GenerationUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1965Appears in:393 charts
Rank in 1965:7Rank Score:4,576
Rank in 1960s67Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  79/100 (604 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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68.

A Saucerful Of SecretsUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1968Appears in:411 charts
Rank in 1968:12Rank Score:4,305
Rank in 1960s68Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  77/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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69.

Chelsea GirlGermany Nico
Year of Release:1967Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1967:18Rank Score:4,152
Rank in 1960s69Overall Rank:620
Average Rating:  78/100 (348 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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70.

Live At The ApolloUnited States James Brown
Year of Release:1963Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1963:4Rank Score:4,146
Rank in 1960s70Overall Rank:621
Average Rating:  79/100 (438 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 35 4%
1961 48 5%
1962 37 4%
1963 57 6%
1964 63 6%
1965 94 9%
1966 104 10%
1967 144 14%
1968 193 19%
1969 225 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%
Miles Davis 10 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 597 60%
United Kingdom 221 22%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 32 3%
Canada 22 2%
France 16 2%
Germany 13 1%
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