Best Years in the 1960s for Music

The Top Ten

On the Threshold of a Dream, and To Our Children's Children's Children, by the Moody Blues; Yes' eponymous 1st album; The Soft Parade by the Doors.

In the Court of the Crimson King-King Crimson
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Led Zeppelin 1 & 2
Morgen - Morgen
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Tommy - The Who
Oar - Skip Spence
Gandalf - Gandalf
Sam Gopal - Sam Gopal
Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
Clear Spirit - Spirit
I got The Kozimic Blues Again Momma - Janis Joplin
Milestones - SRC
Hot Rats - Frank Zappa


Piper at the gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts club band/Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
Surrealistic Pillow/After Bathing at Baxter's - Jefferson Airplane
The Doors debut/Strange Days - The Doors
Moby Grape - Moby Grape
Easter Everywhere - The 13th Floor Elevators
Are You Experienced/Axis: Bold as Love - Jimi Hendrix
Disraeli Gears - Cream
Forever Changes-Love
5000 Spirits or the Layers of the onion - The Incredible String Band
Future - The Seeds
Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues
The Who Sellout - The Who
Their Satanic Majaties Request - The Rolling Stones

Sorry, 1971-75 had some great stuff, but nothing like the innovation and nothing like the sheer volume. Perhaps you misread my original post, The Classical period[s] were in fact better, but as mentioned much longer. A true shame we have only a fraction of what was going on way back then. Next best "Pop" period was probably 1941-45, due to the not inestimable importance of music for domestic morale during the war.

The euphoric period from 1965-1969; from "Dylan Goes Electric! ", to the last echoing gunshots at Altamont, was the Golden Age, surpassed in musical history only by the "Classical" periods that ended more than 100 years ago. We are unlikely to experience its equal for another 100 years.

You're comparing a span of five years to incredibly diverse musical periods that spanned decades (if not centuries)? Seems a bit of a mismatch to me. You could pluck as much fantastic music from, oh, say 1971-1975, if you're judging the music on its own merit and not based on nostalgia. As it is, you seem to be viewing the '60s through rose-coloured glasses.


Pet Sounds and Revolver alone would make '66 my personal favourite year for pop music.

For me '67 is the best year of music, for being the biggest year for Psychedelic Music, but we are allowed to have opinions.

Da Capo - Love
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators - The 13 Floor Elevators
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Roger the Engineer - The Yardbirds
Fifth Dimension - The Byrds
Jefferson Airplane Takes off - Jefferson Airplane
Revolver - The Beatles
After Math - The Rolling Stones
A Quick One While He's Away - The Who
The Seeds Debut/Web of Sound - The Seeds
Blondie on Blondie - Bob Dylan
Psychedelic Lollipop - The Blues Magoos
Freak Out - The Mothers of Invention


Cheap Thrills - Big Brother and The Holding Company
The White Album - The Beatles
S.F Sorrow - The Pretty Things
Crown of Creation - Jefferson Airplane
Behold and See - Ulitmate Spinach
Vincebus Eruptum/Outsideinside - Blue Cheer

Electric Lady Land - Jimi Hendrix
Spirit - Spirit
Anthem of the Sun - The Grateful Dead
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Heavy/In-gadda-da-vida - Iron Butterfly
Shades of Deep Purple - Deep Purple
Odyssey and Oricle - The Zombies
Waiting for the Sun - The Doors
The First two Steppen Wolf Albums

In Search of the Lost Chord by the Moody Blues.


The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and John Coltrane released some of their best albums.

Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
Rubber Soul - The Beatles
My Generation - The Who


The Beatles debut on Ed Sullivan. The Supernova explodes.


Misirlou by Dick Dale. Probably heaviest song of the decade.