Best Albums of 1997

Listed below are the best albums of 1997 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 greatest album charts.

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1997 year summaryThe best artists of 1997 were Radiohead, Björk, Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Spiritualized, Built To Spill, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Verve, Foo Fighters and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
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1997
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76,227
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1997
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13,713
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1997
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11,528
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1997
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9,096
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1997
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7,195
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1997
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6,326
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1997
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6,074
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1997
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6,013
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1997
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5,049
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1997
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4,561
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Best Albums of 1997 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 17 2%
David Bowie 3 0%
Mogwai 3 0%
Delirious? 3 0%
Squarepusher 3 0%
Uri Caine 2 0%
Hawkwind 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 444 44%
United Kingdom 218 22%
Germany 34 3%
Canada 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Japan 24 2%
Sweden 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 909 91%
Yes 91 9%
Live? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
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6. For The First Time by Black Country, New Road
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9. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
10. Folklore by Taylor Swift
11. What's Your Pleasure? by Jessie Ware
12. Shore by Fleet Foxes
13. Blue Rev by Alvvays
14. A Light For Attracting Attention by The Smile
15. How I'm Feeling Now by Charli XCX
16. Hellfire by Black Midi
17. RTJ4 by Run The Jewels
18. After Hours by The Weeknd
19. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
20. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
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