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Top 10 Albums Of The 1960s

Because Rolling Stone is fucking stupid. Because the Beatles were the rshit... but not that much rrof the shit. Because some stuff doesn't get renough recognition. Because I'm bored.rI made rthis rshort little pretentious list.
10Captain Beefheart
Trout Mask Replica


The problem with a lot of Avant-Garde is that often times people make weird music just to be weird. However, when you can make weird music to define weird music, it's a little different. Beefheart wasn't trying to be weird. He was weird. He also happened to be extremely talented and a perfectionist. Mix these qualities together and you get some of the greatest and most influential Avant- Garde Rock/Blues/Jazz..? music ever.
9Johnny Cash
At San Quentin


Who was the single most bad ass person of the past 60 years? Okay, Chuck Norris haha very funny. The real answer is Johnny Cash. How many other musician's greatest albums were recorded live in a couple of America's most infamous prisons? Oh yeah, he made really good music too.
8Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II


Your Average Joe will probably tell you that The Beatles were the greatest band ever. But they are wrong. Led Zeppelin were. If the diversity and power of this album aren't proof enough of their importance in rock history, then try their other five perfect albums. If you are still not convinced, I feel sorry for you. I really do. You must be a very sad/dull/boring person.
7Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere


Apparently written when Shaky had a 103?F fever, this album oddly shows one of the greatest songwriters of all time at his best. Perhaps the deliriousness brought on by his illness gave him supernatural guitar powers or something, but whatever the case, "Cowgirl In The Sand", "Cinnamon Girl" and "Down By The River" remain some of the greatest guitar-rock songs ever.
6The Velvet Underground
White Light/White Heat


To anyone who is even slightly interested in indie rock, please be sure to listen to everything that The VU have ever done. As it usually is with music, it's debatable which album is truly their greatest, but as far as experimentation and downright weirdness go, White Light/White Heat takes the cake. Though it might not be a great entry point for people who haven't heard their music, this album and The Velvet Underground & Nico (yes the one with the banana) were the most influential to post-punk, indie rock, post-rock, alternative, grunge, etc. Besides it's influence however, this album holds up as an extremely singular moment in experimental rock. Everyone must hear "Sister Ray" at least once in their life.
5The Beatles
Rubber Soul


There is a reason why The Beatles are often hailed as the greatest rock band of all time. They were f***ing consistent, and never were they as consistent as they were on 1965's Rubber Soul. If you haven't already memorized and tattooed every lyric into your brain already, check out "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", "Nowhere Man", and "Michelle" for starters, then buy the damn album.
4 Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan


Throughout his career, Bob Dylan released a s***load of music. Some of it's good, some of it's bad, most of it is essential. His mainstream breakthrough occurred with the release of Free Wheelin' in 1963. "Blowin' In The Wind" became a protest anthem for the rest of the decade and "Girl From The North Country", "Masters of War", and "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" were some of the best pure- folk songs that he ever wrote.
3Sam Cooke
Night Beat


Often times when people hear JD's Closer, they think of what could have been if Ian Curtis hadn't died. Listening to Night Beat might also warrant the same reaction, however, what we have here are songs and ideas that are less pupating and more fully formed. Given just a few more years, Sam Cooke very well could have become the greatest soul singer in history- he's definitely up there as it is. Fortunately we at least have Night Beat.
2Van Morrison
Astral Weeks


There were a lot of folk records released in the late '60s and way too many pop records as well. This however was a perfect blend of both genres that borrowed quite a bit from its contemporary psychedelic music as well. Van Morrison never sounded fresher, and songs like "Madam George", "Sweet Thing" and "Cyprus Avenue" maintain an interesting balance between chaotic experimentation and pop bliss.
1The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds


Okay, Good Vibrations isn't on here, but this is still slightly better than Smiley Smile. "God Only Knows", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder" will never stop getting played on my iPod for good reason. These songs are all just impossibly catchy, well written, and detailed, rewarding countless listens while being instantly accessible as well. This is the perfect pop album.
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