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.
196042221,106
196142018,587
196244415,949
196349050,772
196457544,478
1965683167,774
1966735228,843
1967970366,754
19681,233250,286
19691,499396,536
Total7,4711,561,086

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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34,504
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1967
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30,898
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1969
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29,150
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1969
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23,884
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1968
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23,487
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1969
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23,111
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1967
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20,814
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1968
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20,291
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1965
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19,353
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1967
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18,993
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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 43 4%
1963 51 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 86 9%
1966 100 10%
1967 143 14%
1968 192 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%
Frank Sinatra 10 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 619 62%
United Kingdom 216 22%
Brazil 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 18 2%
Germany 16 2%
France 16 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 31 3%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Artists of 1978
1. Bruce Springsteen
2. Blondie
3. Elvis Costello
4. The Cars
5. Van Halen
6. Kraftwerk
7. Kate Bush
8. The Rolling Stones
9. Steve Reich
10. Big Star
11. Talking Heads
12. Pere Ubu
13. Rush
14. Brian Eno
15. Dire Straits
16. The Jam
17. Devo
18. Wire
19. The Police
20. The Residents
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