Data collector – Biggest CSPC Albums of the 60s

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Here comes the last step of our journey in the past: the 60s! In this decade, we can notice two significant events:  the rise of the concept of studio album as well as The Beatles‘ amazing career. Does an album of the Fab Four lead this ranking of the most successful albums issued during the 60s? Or do The Rolling Stones, who are often described as their greatest rivals, take the first place? You will find the answer in this new list from the Data Collector!

The albums ranked here have been released from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969. All figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales).

Please keep in mind that some artists with massive sales in this decade haven’t been studied so far, e.g. The Doors, The Beach BoysThe Supremes and Herb Alpert. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles.

A lot of lists like this one are available in the Data Collector, so feel free to read them to gauge how your favorite artist charts on them.

ALBUMS RANKING – CSPC – 60s

1. 1969 – BeatlesAbbey Road43,171,000
2. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II33,774,000
3. 1965 – BeatlesHelp!33,194,000
4. 1967 – BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band31,461,000
5. 1963 – BeatlesPlease Please Me30,050,000
6. 1967 – BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour28,792,000
7. 1968 – BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album)28,116,000
8. 1968 – Simon & GarfunkelBookends26,674,000
9. 1966 – Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence26,037,000
10. 1964 – BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night25,886,000
11. 1969 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin I23,886,000
12. 1966 – BeatlesRevolver23,672,000
13. 1965 – BeatlesRubber Soul23,087,000
14. 1969 – Rolling StonesLet It Bleed21,301,000
15. 1966 – Rolling StonesAftermath19,654,000
16. 1964 – BeatlesBeatles for Sale16,934,000
17. 1965 – Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited16,592,000
18. 1965 – Rolling StonesOut of Our Heads16,060,000
19. 1968 – Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet15,683,000
20. 1966 – Simon & GarfunkelParsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme15,201,000
21. 1963 – BeatlesWith the Beatles14,149,000
22. 1969 – Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 513,281,000
23. 1963 – Bob DylanThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan10,875,000
24. 1964 – Bob DylanThe Times They Are a-Changin’10,277,000
25. 1964 – Simon & GarfunkelWednesday Morning, 3 A.M.9,904,000
26. 1966 – Bob DylanBlonde on Blonde9,524,000
27. 1965 – Bob DylanBringing It All Back Home9,182,000
28. 1967 – Bee GeesBee Gees’ 1st8,786,000
29. 1969 – Bob DylanNashville Skyline8,022,000
30. 1968 – Bee GeesHorizontal7,774,000
31. 1969 – David BowieDavid Bowie (1969)7,654,000
32. 1965 – Sonny & CherLook At Us7,238,000
33. 1967 – Barbra StreisandA Christmas Album6,834,000
34. 1968 – Barbra StreisandFunny Girl (Soundtrack)6,624,000
35. 1967 – Rolling StonesBetween the Buttons6,159,000
36. 1968 – Bee GeesIdea5,983,000
37. 1967 – Pink FloydThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn5,466,000
38. 1964 – Barbra StreisandPeople5,258,000
39. 1969 – Pink FloydUmmagumma5,250,000
40. 1969 – BeatlesYellow Submarine4,880,000
41. 1968 – Pink FloydA Saucerful of Secrets4,857,000
42. 1964 – Johnny HallydayLe pénitencier4,630,000
43. 1967 – Bob DylanJohn Wesley Harding4,500,000
44. 1965 – Rolling StonesDecember’s Children (And Everybody’s)4,309,000
45. 1964 – Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones4,244,000
46. 1967 – Rolling StonesTheir Satanic Majesties Request4,109,000
47. 1964 – Rolling Stones12 X 53,767,000
48. 1969 – Pink FloydMore3,117,000
49. 1961 – Johnny HallydaySalut Les Copains!3,088,000
50. 1965 – Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones, Now!3,028,000

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SkkyWill

Barbra is the only female artist to have album inside the list (three times), Top Album by Female, Top Female Artist

Dan

I’m sure Elvis would have a few entries here.

RLAAMJR.

Barbra Streisand always present every decade! 🙂

Nuclear dolphin

Looking at this list I now I see you’re missing 3 artists I love – Creedence Clearwater revival, The Doors and The Jimi Hendrix experience. I think that would make things look a bit different. That’s a total of 11 albums by those artists in the 1960s. Then of course there’s The Beach boys.

Marcelo

Please make a post with big soundtracks.
Disney movies
Marry poppins
Sound of music.

Great work.

Dan

Not surprised to see the 7 out of the top 10 ruled by the Beatles.

SkkyWill

Why only top 50 ?!

MJD

Hi SkkyWill !

Albums which stand outside of the Top 50 as of now would have no chance at all to be Top 100. The cut-off of 3 million is already fairly low, it would be poorly representing the true successes of the decade to extend this list before adding more relevant acts for the period!

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