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.
196054724,261
196151820,867
196256618,857
196358250,889
196466347,286
1965781160,902
1966852213,644
19671,092342,918
19681,395246,770
19691,741384,637
Total8,7371,511,030

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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75,704
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1966
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67,667
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1967
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61,685
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1967
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54,553
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1966
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52,494
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1968
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50,313
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1969
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36,761
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1965
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36,367
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1965
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35,015
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1967
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33,981
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Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 49 5%
1961 56 6%
1962 45 5%
1963 53 5%
1964 66 7%
1965 96 10%
1966 101 10%
1967 134 13%
1968 192 19%
1969 208 21%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Beach Boys 14 1%
The Rolling Stones 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 630 63%
United Kingdom 217 22%
Brazil 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 18 2%
France 16 2%
Germany 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 31 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Albums of 1962
1. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music by Ray Charles
2. Waltz For Debby by Bill Evans Trio
3. Howlin' Wolf by Howlin' Wolf
4. Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
5. Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.'s
6. Go by Dexter Gordon
7. Tijuana Moods by Charles Mingus
8. Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles by Françoise Hardy
9. The Bridge by Sonny Rollins
10. Jazz Samba by Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
11. Coltrane "Live" At The Village Vanguard by John Coltrane
12. Takin' Off by Herbie Hancock
13. Crying by Roy Orbison
14. Peter, Paul And Mary by Peter, Paul And Mary
15. Oh Yeah by Charles Mingus
16. Surfin' Safari by The Beach Boys
17. Mosaic by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
18. Coltrane by John Coltrane Quartet
19. Surfer's Choice by Dick Dale And His Del-Tones
20. Sentimentally Yours by Patsy Cline
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