100 Greatest Albums of 1966

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. 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
11. Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul
Otis Redding
12. Fifth Dimension
The Byrds
13. Da Capo
14. The Sounds of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel
15. A Quick One
The Who
16. The Yardbirds/Over Under Sideways Down
The Yardbirds
17. Sunshine Superman
18. Love
19. Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield
20. The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
13th Floor Elevators
21. The Exciting Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett
22. The Mamas & the Papas
The Mamas & the Papas
23. The Young Rascals
The Young Rascals
24. Black Monk Time
The Monks
25. Psychotic Reaction
Count Five
26. Animalism
The Animals
27. The Soul Album
Otis Redding
28. Hold On, I'm Comin'
Sam & Dave
29. The Supremes A' Go-Go
The Supremes
30. East-West
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
31. Animalization
The Animals
32. From Nowhere/Wild Thing
The Troggs
33. Dirty Water
The Standells
34. The Monkees
The Monkees
35. Daydream
The Lovin' Spoonful
36. The Seeds
The Seeds
37. Away We A Go-Go
38. Up-Tight Everything's Alright
Stevie Wonder
39. River Deep Mountain High
Ike and Tina Turner
40. Hums of The Lovin' Spoonful
The Lovin' Spoonful
41. Road Runner
Jr. Walker & the All Stars
42. Jefferson Airplane Takes Off
Jefferson Airplane
43. Projections
The Blues Project
44. And Then...Along Comes The Association
The Association
45. Boom
The Sonics
46. The Remains
The Remains
47. Tim Hardin 1
Tim Hardin
48. A Web of Sound
The Seeds
49. (Turn On) The Music Machine
The Music Machine
50. Psychedelic Lollipop
Blues Magoos

51. Gettin' Ready
The Temptations
52. Small Faces
Small Faces
53. The New Lee Dorsey
Lee Dorsey
54. See-Saw
Don Covay
55. This Old Heart of Mine
The Isley Brothers
56. Gloria
The Shadows of Knight
57. Warm & Tender Soul
Percy Sledge
58. On Top
The Four Tops
59. Them Again
60. Lightfoot!
Gordon Lightfoot
61. Midnight Ride
Paul Revere & The Raiders
62. Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley
63. Whispers
Jackie Wilson
64. Baby Scratch My Back
Slim Harpo
65. Double Dynamite
Sam & Dave
66. Crying Time
Ray Charles
67. I Fought The Law
The Bobby Fuller Four
68. Revolution
69. Back Door Men
The Shadows of Knight
70. Portrait
The Walker Brothers
71. For Certain Because...
The Hollies
72. The Best of the Sir Douglas Quintet
Sir Douglas Quintet
73. The Spirit of '67
Paul Revere & The Raiders
74. Two Yanks in England
The Everly Brothers
75. Batman Theme
The Ventures
76. Watchout!
Martha and The Vandellas
77. The Love You Save
Joe Tex
78. Take a Ride
Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
79. Moods of Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
80. Psychedelic Moods
The Deep
81. The Fugs
The Fugs
82. When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge
83. And Now!
Booker T. & The M.G.'s
84. Hey Joe
The Leaves
85. Just Like Us!
Paul Revere & The Raiders
86. 96 Tears
? & the Mysterians
87. Barefootin'
Robert Parker
88. Somewhere Outside
The Ugly Ducklings
89. Desolation
Cuby + Blizzards
90. The Blue Things
The Blue Things
91. Younger Girl
The Critters
92. Sweet Talkin' Guy
The Chiffons
93. The Orbison Way
Roy Orbison
94. Pretty Flamingo
Manfred Mann
95. The Feel of Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
96. Black Is Black
Los Bravos
97. The Toys Sing "A Lover's Concerto" and "Attack!"
The Toys
98. Uniquely Yours
The Uniques
99. It's a Man's Man's Man's World
James Brown
100. Boots
Nancy Sinatra
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1969
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1966
* Breakthrough
The New Colony Six

Adam's choice:
* The Soul of the Man
Bobby Bland

Brett's choice:
* Sugar And Spice
The Cryan' Shames

Lew's choice:
* Where Were You When I Needed You?
The Grass Roots
1965   |   1967