Top Albums of 1963

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 48 James Brown Live' at the Apollo Rhythm & Blues, Soul
2 176 Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
3 321 The Beatles With the Beatles/Meet the Beatles! Merseybeat
4 421 The Beatles Please Please Me/Introducing...The Beatles Merseybeat
5 524 Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Avant-Garde Jazz, Third Stream
6 568 Various Artists A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records/Phil Spector Brill Building, Christmas Music, Girl Group
7 927 Sam Cooke Night Beat Southern Soul
8 1319 John Coltrane John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman Vocal Jazz
9 1357 Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach Money Jungle Jazz
10 1540 Dexter Gordon Our Man in Paris Hard Bop
11 1691 Oscar Peterson Night Train Cool Jazz
12 1838 John Coltrane Ballads Cool Jazz, Modal Jazz
13 1903 Cecil Taylor Live at the Cafe Montmartre/Nefertiti, the Beautiful One Has Come Free Jazz
14 1971 Jorge Ben Samba Esquema Novo Samba     
15 2250 Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Hard Bop
16 2329 Barbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album Standards
17 2445 Joe Henderson Page One Hard Bop
18 2564 Antônio Carlos Jobim The Composer of Desafinado, Plays Bossa Nova
19 2744 Roy Orbison In Dreams Blue Eyed Soul
20 2798 Jimmy Giuffre Free Fall Free Jazz
21 2949 Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue Hard Bop
22 2977 The Beach Boys Surfin' USA Surf Rock, Vocal Group

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Duke Ellington with Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Jazz
Bill Evans Conversations with Myself Post-Bop
Thelonious Monk Monk's Dream Hard Bop     
Frank Sinatra and Count Basie Sinatra-Basie Vocal Jazz          
Jackie McLean One Step Beyond Post-Bop
John Coltrane Impressions Avant-Garde Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook Standards, Vocal Jazz
Art Blakey Ugetsu/Thermo Hard Bop
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley's Beach Party Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll          
Ray Charles Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul Rhythm & Blues, Soul
The Impressions The Impressions Chicago Soul     
Sheila Jordan Portrait of Sheila Standards, Vocal Jazz
Grant Green Feelin' the Spirit Soul Jazz     
Sun Ra When Sun Comes Out Free Jazz     
Lonnie Mack The Wham of that Memphis Man! Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues     
Dave Brubeck Quartet At Carnegie Hall Cool Jazz
James Brown Prisoner of Love Rhythm & Blues, Soul          
Sarah Vaughan Sassy Swings the Tivoli Vocal Jazz
Jimmy Smith Prayer Meetin' Soul Jazz
Sarah Vaughan Sarah Sings Soulfully Vocal Jazz
Joan Baez Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 Folk Revival
Phineas Newborn Jr. The Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn Jr. Hard Bop
Miles Davis Seven Steps to Heaven Cool Jazz