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10 Albums From The 1960s That Still Hold Up Today

Only one album per band. You're not going to find another list dominated by rThe Beatles here! rKeep in mind that these are not necessarily ranked by rquality, but rather by how well I rpersonally think they have aged. rTherefore, you won't find any early Led Zeppelin on this list, rsince I think rtheir first two albums have aged rather poorly.
1Van Morrison
Astral Weeks


There really aren't any albums quite like Astral Weeks. Morrison found a way to balance all of his musical influences from a very early age, and the result was this masterwork. I still can't really decide whether it counts as Soul, R&B, Folk, Jazz, what have you. The album deserves a spot on this list for that eclecticism alone. The fact that it's absolutely gorgeous merely reinforces that fact. Favorite track: Ballerina
2The Beatles
Abbey Road


I'd go out on a limb and say that Abbey Road is The Beatles best album. Why? Well partly for it's variety, partly for its consistency, but above all else Abbey Road finds the group at the height of their technical proficiency (as a group, anyway. You could argue that George Harrison got better at the guitar later on in his solo career, but I digress). Favorite track: Come Together
3The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico


It never ceases to amaze me how influential this album is. Everyone that knows a little bit about the history of rock music has heard about The Velvet Underground's groundbreaking live shows, or how almost everyone that heard them early on went on to form their own band, but even if you strip the surplus bullshit and mystique away you still end up with a fantastic album. Favorite track: I'm Waiting For the Man
4King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


I love this fucking album. I've said in the past that this is the best possible gateway drug into the progressive genre, and I stand by that completely. King Crimson has always been great at making music that simultaneously sounds improvised and carefully planned out, and as far as I'm concerned ItCotCK stands as their crowning achievment. Favorite track: 21st Century Schizoid Man
5Miles Davis
In a Silent Way


Some choose to view this as a mere precurser to Davis' later masterwork Bitches Brew, and while I somewhat agree I feel that this album serves as a much better introduction to jazz newbies. Lets face it; a forty-minute album is much easier to enjoy than a ninety-minute behemoth. Favorite track: In a Silent Way"/"It's About That Time
6Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited


I was never a Dylan fan. I thought his voice was utterly awful, even more grating than Jeff Mangum's. However once I heard Blood on the Tracks for the first time I reassessed his earlier work, and I've come to the conclusion that Dylan's music, while certainly an acquired taste, is tremendously rewarding for those that seek to dive into it. I still don't like his voice on these earlier albums, but the songs are undeniable classics. Favorite track: Like a Rolling Stone
7The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds


This is another album that took a while for me to warm up to. I'm just not used to such sunny, happy sounding music, as odd as that may sound. Then I started paying attention to the lyrics. It all sunk in from that point. Pet Sounds may not be my favorite Beach Boys release (That honor belongs to The SMiLE Sessions), but it remains their most consistent classic. Favorite track: TIE (Wouldn't It Be Nice/God Only Knows)
8The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet


After the psychedelic silliness of Their Satanic Majesty's Request, the Stones got back to their roots and released their best album (other than Exile on Main Street). This short, consise LP never fails to get my blood pumping with its fantastic sense of rhythm. Favorite track: Sympathy For the Devil
9The Doors
The Doors


It may sound a tiny bit dated because of its organ usage, but The Doors debut album remains my favorite release of theirs. Funny; this is the second album on this list by a guy named "Morrison"... coincidence? Favorite track: Light My Fire
10The Band
Music from Big Pink


Formerly Bob Dylan's backup instrumentalists, The Band remains the most underrated of all 60's folk groups as far as I'm concerned. I go back and forth on whether this or their self-titled sophomore effort is their best, but this album has my favorite song of theirs on it, so it wins out. Favorite track: I Shall Be Released
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