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.
196042221,149
196142218,634
196244416,047
196349050,897
196457644,508
1965684167,962
1966735228,945
1967971367,248
19681,234250,743
19691,500397,963
Total7,4781,564,095

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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84,410
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1966
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77,833
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1967
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72,149
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1967
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61,835
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1966
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58,327
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1968
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55,738
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1965
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41,017
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1965
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39,658
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1969
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38,223
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1967
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37,275
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 41 4%
1961 57 6%
1962 42 4%
1963 51 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 86 9%
1966 100 10%
1967 143 14%
1968 193 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 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 18 2%
France 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 31 3%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Albums of the 1950s
1. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
2. Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
3. Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
4. Blue Train by John Coltrane
5. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
6. Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley
7. The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman
8. Here's Little Richard by Little Richard
9. Songs For Swingin' Lovers! by Frank Sinatra
10. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
11. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday
12. Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk
13. Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
14. Chuck Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry
15. The "Chirping" Crickets by The Crickets
16. Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley
17. Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis
18. Moanin' In The Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf
19. Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
20. Chet Baker Sings by Chet Baker
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