Best Albums of 1997

Listed below are the best albums of 1997 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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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92,641
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15,452
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12,934
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7,800
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7,368
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6,541
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6,372
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5,738
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4,892
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1997 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 15 2%
Grateful Dead 4 0%
Squarepusher 3 0%
Delirious? 3 0%
Mogwai 3 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
John Denver 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 457 46%
United Kingdom 215 22%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 29 3%
Japan 22 2%
Sweden 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 910 91%
Yes 90 9%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 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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