Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
196055224,841
196152721,804
196257419,103
196358550,735
196466947,867
1965799158,778
1966868209,067
19671,106335,120
19681,412243,136
19691,762378,714
Total8,8541,489,167

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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1966
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30,893
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1967
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27,676
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1969
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26,421
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1969
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21,059
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1969
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20,581
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1968
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20,085
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1968
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19,951
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1967
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19,200
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1965
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18,771
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1967
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17,571
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 53 5%
1961 60 6%
1962 46 5%
1963 55 6%
1964 66 7%
1965 96 10%
1966 101 10%
1967 133 13%
1968 186 19%
1969 204 20%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Beach Boys 14 1%
The Rolling Stones 14 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
Frank Sinatra 10 1%
Miles Davis 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 632 63%
United Kingdom 215 22%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Brazil 28 3%
Canada 17 2%
Germany 13 1%
France 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 962 96%
Yes 38 4%
Live? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 31 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
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