Best Albums of 1997

Listed below are the best albums of 1997 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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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95,583
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15,663
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12,599
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10,180
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8,124
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7,777
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6,759
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6,450
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5,649
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5,056
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Best Albums of 1997 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 1%
Grateful Dead 4 0%
David Bowie 3 0%
Mogwai 3 0%
Delirious? 3 0%
Squarepusher 3 0%
King Crimson 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 454 45%
United Kingdom 215 22%
Germany 37 4%
Canada 30 3%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Sweden 22 2%
Japan 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 908 91%
Yes 92 9%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 995 100%
Yes 5 1%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
12. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
13. Funeral by Arcade Fire
14. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
15. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
16. Nevermind by Nirvana
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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