100 Greatest Albums of 1964

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

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. The Rolling Stones/England's Newest Hit Makers
The Rolling Stones
8. Where Did Our Love Go
9. Ain't That Good News
Sam Cooke
10. The Animals
11. Etta James Rocks The House
Etta James
12. Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica
The Ronettes
13. All Summer Long
The Beach Boys
14. 12 X 5
The Rolling Stones
15. Rock 'n Soul
Solomon Burke
16. The Kinks/You Really Got Me
The Kinks
17. Five Live Yardbirds
The Yardbirds
18. Keep on Pushing
The Impressions
19. The Kingsmen in Person
The Kingsmen
20. Wednesday Morning, 3 AM
Simon & Garfunkel
21. Glad All Over (Featuring "Bits And Pieces")
The Dave Clark Five
22. Meet The Temptations
The Temptations
23. Folk Singer
Muddy Waters
24. Pain In My Heart
Otis Redding
25. Pure Dynamite!
James Brown
26. Shut Down Volume 2
The Beach Boys
27. At the Whisky à GoGo
Johnny Rivers
28. Stay Awhile-I Only Want To Be With You
Dusty Springfield
29. It's The Searchers/This Is Us
The Searchers
30. Under the Boardwalk
The Drifters
31. Ain't Nothing You Can Do
Bobby Bland
32. James Brown Sings Out of Sight
James Brown
33. Beach Boys Concert
The Beach Boys
34. Make Way for Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick
35. Wish Someone Would Care
Irma Thomas
36. The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
The Beach Boys
37. Rag Doll
The Four Seasons
38. Here I Go Again!/Stay With The Hollies
The Hollies
39. The Five Faces of Manfred Mann/The Manfred Mann Album
Manfred Mann
40. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
Jan & Dean
41. The Greatest Live Show on Earth
Jerry Lee Lewis
42. Breakin' It Up on the Beatles Tour!
Jackie DeShannon
43. Walk, Don't Run Vol. 2
The Ventures
44. Surfin' Bird
The Trashmen
45. Presenting The Tams
The Tams
46. Little Richard Is Back
Little Richard
47. Here We à Go Go Again!
Johnny Rivers
48. Somethin' Else!
Jackie Wilson
49. Tell 'em I'm Surfin'
The Fantastic Baggys
50. Anyone Who Had A Heart
Dionne Warwick

51. Coast To Coast
Dave Clark Five
52. The Merseybeats
The Merseybeats
53. Hey Little Cobra and Other Hot Rod Hits...
The Rip Chords
54. Hippy Hippy Shake
The Swinging Blue Jeans
55. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Gerry and The Pacemakers
56. Some Blue-Eyed Soul
The Righteous Brothers
57. It Hurts to Be in Love
Gene Pitney
58. A Session With The Dave Clark Five/Return
The Dave Clark Five
59. Out of Limits
The Marketts
60. Sweet & Sour Tears
Ray Charles
61. Apollo Saturday Night: Recorded Live at the Apollo Theatre in New York
Various Artists
62. Chapel of Love
The Dixie Cups
63. Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo
Georgie Fame
64. Summer Surf
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
65. Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy 
66. Dawn (Go Away) and 11 Other Great Songs
The Four Seasons
67. Back to Soul
Anna King
68. The Sect
Downliners Sect
69. Los Brincos
Los Brincos
70. Dusty
Dusty Springfield
71. The Honeycombs
The Honeycombs
72. Tobacco Road
The Nashville Teens
73. Go Little Honda
The Hondells
74. Mary Wells Sings My Guy
Mary Wells
75. Two Great Guitars
Bo Diddley / Chuck Berry
76. Three Window Coupe
The Rip Chords
77. Let's Have a Party
The Rivieras
78. Soul Serenade
King Curtis
79. Dead Man's Curve - The New Girl in School
Jan & Dean
80. My Boy Lollipop
Millie Small
81. Hit City '64
The Surfaris
82. Girl Talk
Lesley Gore
83. Every Little Bit Hurts
Brenda Holloway
84. G.T.O.
Ronny and The Daytonas
85. Just Be True
Gene Chandler
86. Full Bloom
Jackie Ross
87. I Am P.J. Proby
P.J. Proby
88. The Applejacks
The Applejacks
89. Together
Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
90. Mr. Eliminator
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
91. Showcase
Buddy Holly
92. American Tour
The Dave Clark Five
93. The Kingsmen Vol II
The Kingsmen
94. Handy Man
Del Shannon
95. Little Children
Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas
96. The Guitar That Changed the World
Scotty Moore
97. Songs of the Big City
Clyde McPhatter
98. Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me
The Tams
99. Blue Jeans A' Swinging
The Swinging Blue Jeans
100. Peter And Gordon/A World Without Love
Peter & Gordon
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1964
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1964
* Gladys Knight and The Pips - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Adam's choice:
* I'm a Loner - Shawn Phillips
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