Ten essential albums of the 1960s

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If someone wanted to learn more about the sixties, but didn't know where to start, these are the albums we'd recommend. While they aren't necessarily the best selling, or the most critically acclaimed, they are certainly the ones that float to the surface all these years later, providing a rough blueprint of era. Narrowing it down to just ten of course leaves out quite a bit (apologies to Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, the Who, and pretty much the whole Motown catalogue), but this is a great starting point for anyone interested in what is perhaps the most important music decade of the 20th century.

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David Watts by The Kinks on Grooveshark

10. The Kinks - Something Else by The Kinks
Combining both mod-cool with a coming-of-age sentimentality, this album stands as one of the great documents of the mid-'60s British Invasion. After being banned from touring in America, the Kinks retreated into the studio and began stockpiling tracks for future releases, which included Something Else gems like "Waterloo Sunset," "Death of a Clown," and the homoerotic "David Watts."

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Simone-Elise Charles
Simone-Elise Charles

jesus christ superstar, with deep purple and cream. aqualung, jethro tull...oh that's the 70's never mind.

Kyle Hartman
Kyle Hartman

I could go on and on but to name a few.... The Zombies- Odessey and Oracle King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

Drew Schaefer
Drew Schaefer

In the Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson: 1969)

Joey Buhrer
Joey Buhrer

Oh wait, you did mean essential albums for people in their 60's, right?

a94buff
a94buff

The Doors seems like an oversight.

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