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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108,212
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15,108
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13,138
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10,760
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1997
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8,816
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7,691
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1997
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7,143
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1997
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6,526
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1997
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6,101
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5,207
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1997 composition

Country Albums %


United States 466 47%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Sweden 21 2%
France 18 2%
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