Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 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.
196042220,910
196143019,576
196245216,553
196349551,230
196457945,374
1965688169,129
1966739229,410
1967977368,165
19681,246252,286
19691,513399,925
Total7,5411,572,559

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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1969
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84,421
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1966
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77,261
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1967
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72,175
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1968
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55,774
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1965
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39,726
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1969
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38,201
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1969
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29,182
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1969
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24,127
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1968
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23,942
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23,178
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Total albums: 217. Page 1 of 22

Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 40 4%
1961 60 6%
1962 42 4%
1963 50 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 85 9%
1966 100 10%
1967 141 14%
1968 195 20%
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 621 62%
United Kingdom 217 22%
Brazil 31 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 19 2%
Germany 14 1%
France 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 970 97%
Yes 30 3%
Best Artists of the 1980s
1. The Smiths
2. Pixies
3. Prince
4. The Cure
5. Talking Heads
6. U2
7. Metallica
8. The Stone Roses
9. R.E.M.
10. Sonic Youth
11. Kate Bush
12. Bruce Springsteen
13. Michael Jackson
14. Tom Waits
15. Joy Division
16. Prince And The Revolution
17. Iron Maiden
18. New Order
19. Rush
20. Talk Talk
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