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.
196051223,302
196147420,514
196250318,210
196353851,212
196462346,877
1965742166,648
1966800226,698
19671,035361,533
19681,328254,099
19691,621399,100
Total8,1761,568,192

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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81,264
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1966
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74,127
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1967
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68,577
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1967
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59,604
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1966
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56,883
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1968
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53,634
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1965
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39,724
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1969
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38,144
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1965
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38,111
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1967
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36,514
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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 Beach Boys 15 2%
The Rolling Stones 15 2%
John Coltrane 12 1%
Frank Sinatra 11 1%
Nina Simone 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 Artists of 1964
1. The Beatles
2. Bob Dylan
3. Stan Getz & João Gilberto
4. Eric Dolphy
5. The Ronettes
6. The Rolling Stones
7. The Kinks
8. The Supremes
9. Woody Guthrie
10. Sam Cooke
11. Lee Morgan
12. Muddy Waters
13. Jerry Lee Lewis And The Nashville Teens
14. The Beach Boys
15. Herbie Hancock
16. The Animals
17. Horace Silver
18. Horace Silver Quintet
19. John Coltrane
20. Otis Redding
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