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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107,830
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15,261
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13,241
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10,834
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8,764
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7,732
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7,280
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6,425
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6,031
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5,390
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1997 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 1%
Mogwai 3 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
Grateful Dead 3 0%
John Denver 2 0%
Modest Mouse 2 0%
Porcupine Tree 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 462 46%
United Kingdom 200 20%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Sweden 22 2%
Japan 19 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 919 92%
Yes 81 8%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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