Top Ten Rock Albums of Each Year - 1960-1969

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 1960

1. Elvis Is Back
Elvis Presley
2. At Last
Etta James
3. Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger
Bo Diddley
4. It's Everly Time
Everly Brothers
5. The Buddy Holly Story, Volume 2
Buddy Holly
6. Walk, Don't Run
7. Rockin' At The Hops
Chuck Berry
8. A Date With The Everly Brothers
Everly Brothers
9. Rockin' With Wanda
Wanda Jackson
10. Twist With Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1961

1. Two Steps From The Blues
Bobby "Blue" Bland
2. The Shadows
3. Blue Hawaii
Elvis Presley
4. Your Twist Party With The King Of The Twist
Chubby Checker
5. Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddie King
Freddie King
6. Dance 'Til Quarter To Three
Gary U.S. Bonds
7. Hi! We're The Miracles
8. Runaround Sue
9. The Genius Sings The Blues
Ray Charles
10. The Ventures
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1962

1. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music
Ray Charles
2. Green Onions
Booker T and the MG's
3. Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
4. Crying
Roy Orbison
5. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Vol. 2
Ray Charles
6. Here's The Man
Bobby "Blue" Bland
7. Surfer's Choice
Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
8. Baby It's You
9. Lovers Who Wander
10. Sherry & 11 Others
Four Seasons
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1963

1. Live At The Apollo
James Brown
2. Please Please Me
3. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
4. With The Beatles
5. A Christmas Gift For You
Phil Spector (Various Artists)
6. Night Beat
Sam Cooke
7. Surfin' USA
Beach Boys
8. In Dreams
Roy Orbison
9. The 12 Year Old Genius
Little Stevie Wonder
10. If You Need Me
Solomon Burke
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1964

1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Live At The Star Club, Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis
3. St Louis To Liverpool
Chuck Berry
4. The Times They are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan
5. Beatles For Sale
6. Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
7. Rolling Stones/England's Newest Hit Makers
Rolling Stones
8. Where Did Our Love Go
9. Ain't That Good News
Sam Cooke
10. The Animals
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1965

1. Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
2. Rubber Soul
The Beatles
3. Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan
4. Otis Blue
Otis Redding
5. Mr. Tambourine Man
The Byrds
6. Help!
The Beatles
7. The Who Sings My Generation
The Who
8. The Beach Boys Today!
The Beach Boys
9. Temptations Sing Smokey
The Temptations
10. Going To A Go-Go
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1966

1. Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys
2. Revolver
The Beatles
3. Blonde On Blonde
Bob Dylan
4. Face to Face
5. Fresh Cream
6. Freak Out!
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention
7. Aftermath
The Rolling Stones
8. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Simon and Garfunkel
9. If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears
The Mama's and Papa's
10. John Mayall & Bluesbreakers-w/E. Clapton
John Mayall/Bluesbreakers
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1967

1. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
2. Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. The Doors
The Doors
4. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin
5. Velvet Underground And Nico
Velvet Underground
6. Axis: Bold As Love
Jimi Hendrix Experience
7. Disraeli Gears
8. Surrealistic Pillow
Jefferson Airplane
9. Days Of Future Passed
Moody Blues
10. Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1968

1. The Beatles ("The White Album")
The Beatles
2. Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Astral Weeks
Van Morrison
4. Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
5. Music From Big Pink
The Band
6. Lady Soul
Aretha Franklin
7. Odessey & Oracle
8. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks
9. The Ice Man Cometh
Jerry Butler
10. Wheels Of Fire
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1969

1. Abbey Road
The Beatles
2. Tommy
The Who
3. Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin
4. Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones
5. Led Zeppelin I
Led Zeppelin
6. The Band
The Band
7. Stand
Sly And The Family Stone
8. In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson
9. Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival
10. Crosby Stills and Nash
Crosby, Stills, Nash

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Last Updated: 2011-11-03