The Great Albums of the 1960’s

This list is all of the great albums i have heard in rock, in the ten year span of 1960-1969. No limit on number.




2009 edition – 69 entries

2013 edition – 95 entries

2016 edition – 122 entries



new! = new addition

up – moved up the list since last time

down – moved down the list since last time

italics – 5 star albums

regular font – 4 ½ star albums





1.Forever Changes – Love

2.The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground

3.Songs of Leonard Cohen – Leonard Cohen  

4.Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan

5.We’re only in it for the Money – Frank Zappa

6.In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson

7.Astral Weeks – Van Morrison

8.The Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks

9.Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles up

10.Roger the Engineer – The Yardbirds



11.Are you Experienced – Jimi Hendrix

12.The Gilded Palace of Sin – The Flying Burrito Brothers

13.Goodbye and Hello – Tim Buckley

14.Arthur (or the decline and fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks

15.Parable of Arable Land – Red Crayola

  1. After Bathing at Baxter’s – Jefferson Airplane up

17.Music From a Doll’s House – Family new!

18.Joy of a Toy – Kevin Ayers

19Piper at the Gates of Dawn – Pink Floyd up

20.One Nation Underground – Pearls Before Swine



21.Lightfoot! – Gordon Lightfoot

22.Let It Bleed – the Rolling Stones

23.Once Upon a Time in the West – Ennio Morricone new!

24.Da Capo – Love up

25.The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse – Bonzo Dog Band

26.Odessey & Oracle – The Zombies

27.Willy and the Poor Boys – Creedence Clearwater Revival

28.The Notorious Byrd Brothers – The Byrds

29.White Light/White Heat – The Velvet Underground

30.The Band – II



31.The Doors – The Doors

32.The Fugs Second Album – The Fugs

  1. A Saucerful of Secrets – Pink Floyd

34.Tommy – The Who

35.Live Dead – The Grateful Dead new!

36.Jackson Frank – s/t

37.Something Else – the Kinks

38.Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane up

39.Love – s/t

40.Between the Buttons – The Rolling Stones



41.Freak Out – Frank Zappa

42.Beacon from Mars – Kaleidoscope

43.The Family that Plays Together – Spirit new!

44.Abbey Road – The Beatles up

45.Bringing it All Back Home – Bob Dylan

46.Baklava – Pearls Before Swine

47.Fred Neil – s/t

48.Strange Days – The Doors

49.Volume One – The Soft Machine down

50.Sell Out – The Who down



51.Black Monk Time – The Monks

52.Basement Tapes – Bob Dylan and the Band new!

53.Valentine Suite – Colosseum

54.Stand! – Sly and the Family Stone new!

55.Creedence Clearwater Revival – s/t

56.Gorilla – Bonzo Dog Band

57.Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart

58.Psychedelic Sounds Of – 13th Floor Elevators new!

59.Happy Sad – Tim Buckley

60.Jimmy Cliff – s/t



  1. Deviants – Disposable new!

62.Safe at Home – International Submarine Band new!

63.Revolver – The Beatles

64.Sunshine Superman – Donovan new!

65.Blue Afternoon -Tim Buckley

66.Five Leaves Left – Nick Drake

67.Disraeli Gears – Cream

68.East West – Paul Butterfield Blues Band up

69.Behold and See- Ultimate Spinach new!

70.The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground



71.Silver Apples – Silver Apples

72.Electric Ladyland – Jimi Hendrix up

73.The Seeds – The Seeds

74.Pet Sounds – Beach Boys up

75.Aftermath – The Rolling Stones

76.Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival

77.Another Side of Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan

78.Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan new!

79.Led Zeppelin 2 – Led Zeppelin

80.Younger than Yesterday – The Byrds


81.Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan

82.Web of Sound – The Seeds

83.Surrealistic Pillow – Jefferson Airplane

84.The United States of America – The United States of America up

85.Everybody Knows This is Nowhere – Neil Young

86.David Axelrod – Song of Innocence new!

87.Beggars Banquet – The Rolling Stones

88.I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die – Country Joe and the Fish new!

89.Entertainment – Family new!

90.Songs from a Room – Leonard Cohen down



91.Days of Future Passed – The Moody Blues

92.Four Sail – Love

93.Phallus Dei – Amon Dull II

94.Bayou Country – Creedence Clearwater Revival

95.Paul Butterfield Blues Band – s/t new!

96.Blowin’ Your Mind – Van Morrison

97.Kick out the Jams – MC5

98.Our Mother the Mountain – Townes van Zant up

99.Safe as Milk – Captain Beefheart

100.The Twain Shall Meet – Eric Burdon new!



101.My Generation – The Who

102.Axomoxoa – The Grateful Dead new!

103.Just for You – Neil Diamond

104.The Stooges – The Stooges

105.John Wesley Harding – Bob Dylan

  1. God Bless the Red Krayola – Red Krayola new!

107.Marble Index – Nico

108.Truth – Jeff Beck new!

109.Dear Mr. Fantasy – Traffic

110.John Mayall – Hard Road new!



111.Ptooff! – The Deviants  

112.Out of Our Heads – Rolling Stones new!

113.Spirit – s/t new!

114.Chelsea Girls – Nico

115.The Way I Feel – Gordon Lightfoot

116.Here Are – The Sonics new!

117.Absolutely Free – Frank Zappa

118.Ummagumma – Pink Floyd new!

119.Anthem of the Sun – Grateful Dead down

120.In Search of a Lost Chord – Moody Blues new!

121.Happy Together – Turtles new!

122.Vincebus Eruptum – Blue Cheer