Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
196051123,311
196147420,518
196250118,213
196353851,227
196462346,870
1965742166,778
1966800226,969
19671,035361,788
19681,328254,282
19691,621399,389
Total8,1731,569,346

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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1969
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81,355
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1966
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74,266
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1967
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68,629
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1967
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59,670
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1966
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56,946
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1968
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53,691
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1965
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39,774
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1969
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38,181
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1965
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38,149
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1967
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36,548
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 46 5%
1961 54 5%
1962 47 5%
1963 51 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 92 9%
1966 102 10%
1967 134 13%
1968 197 20%
1969 211 21%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Rolling Stones 15 2%
The Beach Boys 15 2%
John Coltrane 12 1%
Nina Simone 11 1%
Frank Sinatra 11 1%
The Kinks 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 637 64%
United Kingdom 214 21%
Brazil 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 17 2%
Germany 13 1%
France 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 963 96%
Yes 37 4%
Live? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 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. Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley
6. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
7. The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman
8. Here's Little Richard by Little Richard
9. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
10. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday
11. Songs For Swingin' Lovers! by Frank Sinatra
12. Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk
13. Chuck Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry
14. Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
15. Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley
16. Moanin' In The Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf
17. Birth Of The Cool by Miles Davis
18. The "Chirping" Crickets by The Crickets
19. Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
20. Chet Baker Sings by Chet Baker
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