Best Albums of the 1960s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1960s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
196051623,287
196148720,461
196253718,325
196355450,476
196464446,869
1965757163,515
1966830221,844
19671,059353,416
19681,357250,353
19691,673391,829
Total8,4141,540,376

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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1965
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 98 of 100

Best Albums of the 1960s composition

Year Albums %


1960 44 4%
1961 53 5%
1962 48 5%
1963 51 5%
1964 64 6%
1965 96 10%
1966 101 10%
1967 137 14%
1968 194 19%
1969 212 21%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 17 2%
The Beach Boys 15 2%
The Rolling Stones 14 1%
John Coltrane 13 1%
Nina Simone 11 1%
Frank Sinatra 11 1%
Bob Dylan 10 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 630 63%
United Kingdom 216 22%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Brazil 27 3%
Canada 16 2%
France 14 1%
Germany 14 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of 1981
1. Rush
2. Kraftwerk
3. King Crimson
4. Siouxsie And The Banshees
5. Brian Eno & David Byrne
6. Electric Light Orchestra
7. The Human League
8. The Cure
9. Black Flag
10. The Gun Club
11. This Heat
12. The Police
13. Wipers
14. Echo & The Bunnymen
15. The Rolling Stones
16. Glenn Branca
17. Phil Collins
18. Iron Maiden
19. New Order
20. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
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