Paste's 60 Best Albums of the 1960s

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60. Booker T. & The M.G.'s - Green Onions

Booker T. & The M.G.'s - Green Onions
October 1, 1962
Soul
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
86
8 reviews

59. Big Brother and The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills

Big Brother and The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
August 12, 1968
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
88
44 reviews

58. 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators

13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
November 1, 1966
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
91
2 reviews
User Score
88
29 reviews

57. MC5 - Kick Out the Jams

MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
February 1, 1969
Protopunk
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
88
21 reviews

56. Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
August 26, 1968
Soul
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
83
7 reviews

55. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
January 30, 1968
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
92
5 reviews
User Score
91
192 reviews

54. David Bowie - Space Oddity

David Bowie - Space Oddity
November 4, 1969
Pop Rock
Critic Score
62
3 reviews
User Score
73
98 reviews

53. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
December 1, 1967
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
90
98 reviews

52. Howlin' Wolf - Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf - Howlin' Wolf
January 11, 1962
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
84
2 reviews

51. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis

Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
March 31, 1969
Soul
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
90
20 reviews

50. Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence

Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence
January 17, 1966
Folk Rock
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
87
32 reviews

49. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
March 1, 1969
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
93
3 reviews
User Score
93
211 reviews

48. The Doors - The Doors

The Doors - The Doors
January 4, 1967
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
93
3 reviews
User Score
90
222 reviews

47. The Ronettes - Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica

The Ronettes - Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
November 1, 1964
Rock & Roll
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
78
10 reviews

46. The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack

The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack
February 1, 1965
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
88
6 reviews

45. Cream - Disraeli Gears

Cream - Disraeli Gears
November 10, 1967
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
84
49 reviews

44. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
September 1, 1969
Folk
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
User Score
90
84 reviews

43. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
June 16, 1969
Blues Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
85
84 reviews

42. Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul

Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
January 22, 1968
Soul
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
92
14 reviews

41. The Stooges - The Stooges

The Stooges - The Stooges
August 5, 1969
Garage Rock
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
89
86 reviews

40. The Beach Boys - Wild Honey

The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
December 18, 1967
Baroque Pop
Critic Score
46
2 reviews
User Score
73
22 reviews

39. The Who - The Who Sell Out

The Who - The Who Sell Out
December 15, 1967
Rock
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
User Score
84
39 reviews

38. Etta James - At Last!

Etta James - At Last!
November 15, 1960
Soul
Critic Score
93
2 reviews
User Score
89
13 reviews

37. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland
October 25, 1968
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
92
140 reviews

36. Sam Cooke - Night Beat

Sam Cooke - Night Beat
August 1, 1963
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
92
6 reviews

35. The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo

The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
August 30, 1968
Country
Critic Score
93
4 reviews
User Score
88
24 reviews

34. The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet

The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
December 6, 1968
Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
89
104 reviews

33. Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
April 1, 1967
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
87
56 reviews

32. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
July 30, 1969
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
91
67 reviews

31. Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay

Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay
February 23, 1968
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
92
9 reviews

30. Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
March 10, 1967
Soul
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
91
30 reviews

29. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
January 12, 1969
Hard Rock
Critic Score
91
6 reviews
User Score
89
238 reviews

28. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash
May 29, 1969
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
98
3 reviews
User Score
83
15 reviews

27. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
December 27, 1967
Folk
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
91
92 reviews

26. Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain

Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
July 18, 1960
Jazz
Critic Score
93
5 reviews
User Score
90
59 reviews

25. Otis Redding - Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul

Otis Redding - Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul
September 15, 1965
Soul
Critic Score
93
3 reviews
User Score
89
29 reviews

24. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
October 22, 1969
Hard Rock
Critic Score
99
5 reviews
User Score
90
238 reviews

23. The Who - Tommy

The Who - Tommy
May 23, 1969
Rock
Critic Score
58
3 reviews
User Score
81
60 reviews

22. King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King

King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King
October 10, 1969
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
93
230 reviews

21. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
May 14, 1969
Rock
Critic Score
97
4 reviews
User Score
89
63 reviews

20. Love - Forever Changes

Love - Forever Changes
November 1, 1967
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
98
4 reviews
User Score
87
112 reviews

19. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
May 27, 1963
Folk
Critic Score
98
3 reviews
User Score
91
148 reviews

18. The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
November 22, 1968
Rock
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
90
54 reviews

17. Sly & The Family Stone - Stand!

Sly & The Family Stone - Stand!
May 3, 1969
Funk
Critic Score
93
3 reviews
User Score
90
41 reviews

16. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
November 1, 1968
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
91
93 reviews

15. The Band - The Band

The Band - The Band
September 22, 1969
Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
90
45 reviews

14. The Beatles - Abbey Road

The Beatles - Abbey Road
September 26, 1969
Pop Rock
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
User Score
93
506 reviews

Abbey Road would’ve been the perfect swan song for a monumental musical career.

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13. The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle
April 19, 1968
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
97
4 reviews
User Score
90
85 reviews

12. The Band - Music from Big Pink

The Band - Music from Big Pink
July 1, 1968
Roots Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
88
48 reviews

11. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
March 12, 1967
Art Rock
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
93
475 reviews
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