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This is the second entry in a five-part series that will go through the 2000s. As with my 1960s list, I limited myself to no more than two albums from any one artist, and I didn’t include live albums. I won’t waste any more time on an introduction because the list itself is long enough.

Honorable Mentions
Carole King- Tapestry (1971)
David Bowie- Hunky Dory (1971)
The Grateful Dead- American Beauty (1970)
Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti (1975)
The Velvet Underground- Loaded (1970)

20. Neil Young- On the Beach (1974)
On the Beach just edges out Harvest, Tonight’s the Night and Comes a Time as my third favorite Neil Young studio album. It’s one of Young’s darker albums, but it still features all of Young’s usual styles (rock, country, folk), and it uses an all-star cast of backing musicians. “Walk On” and “Revolution Blues” are two great rockers, with the latter being my favorite song on the album. Slower country-influenced tracks like “See the Sky About to Rain,” “For the Turnstiles” and “Motion Pictures (For Carrie)” are all poignant. “Ambulance Blues” makes for a fitting nine-minute closer.
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This is the first entry in a five-part series that will go through the 2000s. I’ve been making lists like this in my head (and occasionally in writing) for years. Now felt like a good time to put it all out there and explain my picks. These are my personal favorites, not necessarily the ones that were the most groundbreaking or most influential (although there is definitely a lot of overlap).

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I am updating this post on July 16, 2017. When I first made this list, I limited myself to no more than two albums from any one artist. I did this mostly so there wouldn’t be four or five albums. However, I now think that was a dumb idea. Limiting this list to two Beatles albums means it wasn’t really my top 20. Also, loading up on three or four albums from one artist turned out not to be an issue in any other decade as I went through them. So, the list below is now updated as of July 2017.

All that said, the list still does not include any live albums, because some of my favorite live albums were released a decade or two after they were recorded, making it hard to decide which decade they would fall under.

Without further ado, here are my top 20 albums of the 1960s. Feel free to comment with your thoughts on the list. (more…)