Best Albums of 1997

Listed below are the best albums of 1997 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 greatest album charts.

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1997 year summaryThe best artists of 1997 were Radiohead, Björk, Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Spiritualized, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Verve, Built To Spill, Foo Fighters and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
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1997
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107,899
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1997
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15,312
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13,257
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10,847
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1997
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8,773
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1997
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7,737
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1997
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7,269
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6,472
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1997
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6,041
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1997
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5,347
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1997 composition

Country Albums %


United States 461 46%
United Kingdom 200 20%
Canada 38 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Sweden 22 2%
Australia 18 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 918 92%
Yes 82 8%
Live? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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