Top Albums of 1969

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 19 The Beatles Abbey Road Pop Rock
2 36 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Blues Rock
3 52 The Band The Band Country Rock, Folk Rock, Roots Rock
4 64 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica Art Rock, Experimental Rock
5 74 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Blues Rock, Hard Rock
6 104 Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis Blue Eyed Soul, Pop Soul
7 115 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Blues Rock, Hard Rock
8 124 The Who Tommy Rock Opera
9 131 King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King Art Rock, Progressive Rock
10 159 The Stooges The Stooges Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk
11 163 Nick Drake Five Leaves Left Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
12 191 Sly and the Family Stone Stand! Funk, Psychedelic Soul
13 202 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground Rock
14 211 The Flying Burrito Bros The Gilded Palace of Sin Country Rock
15 221 MC5 Kick Out the Jams Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk
16 235 Frank Zappa Hot Rats Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
17 238 Neil Young with Crazy Horse Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
18 278 Elvis Presley From Elvis in Memphis Blue Eyed Soul, Country Soul
19 367 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River Swamp Rock
20 381 Grateful Dead Live / Dead Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock
21 385 Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul Soul
22 401 Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills & Nash Folk Rock
23 402 Miles Davis In a Silent Way Jazz Fusion
24 426 Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys Swamp Rock
25 432 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief British Folk Rock
26 496 Scott Walker Scott 4 Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
27 564 Quicksilver Messenger Service Happy Trails Acid Rock, West Coast Rock
28 566 Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking British Folk Rock
29 603 Tim Buckley Happy Sad Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
30 652 Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline Country, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
31 676 Johnny Cash At San Quentin Country
32 761 The Kinks Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) Pop Rock
33 924 Leonard Cohen Songs from a Room Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
34 965 Blind Faith Blind Faith Blues Rock, British Blues
35 1027 Jefferson Airplane Volunteers Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, West Coast Rock
36 1069 Santana Santana Latin Rock
37 1074 Alexander Skip Spence Oar Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
38 1131 Frank Zappa Uncle Meat Avant-Prog
39 1161 Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears Jazz-Rock
40 1197 Jeff Beck Beck-Ola Blues Rock, Hard Rock
41 1282 The Pentangle Basket of Light British Folk Rock, Folk Baroque
42 1386 Creedence Clearwater Revival Bayou Country Swamp Rock
43 1431 Chicago The Chicago Transit Authority Jazz-Rock
44 1453 Nico The Marble Index Avant-Folk, Chamber Folk
45 1457 Procol Harum A Salty Dog Progressive Rock
46 1511 Terry Riley A Rainbow in Curved Air Electronic, Minimalism
47 1551 Fleetwood Mac Then Play On Blues Rock
48 1567 Joe Cocker With a Little Help from My Friends Blues Rock, Pop Rock
49 1621 Pharoah Sanders Karma Spiritual Jazz
50 1694 Scott Walker Scott 3 Art Pop, Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
51 1706 Can Monster Movie Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
52 1740 Karen Dalton It's So Hard to Tell You Who's Going to Love You the Best Contemporary Folk     
53 1800 Laura Nyro New York Tendaberry Pop Soul, Singer/Songwriter
54 1856 The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! Jazz Fusion
55 1870 Amon Düül II Phallus Dei Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
56 1874 The Soft Machine Volume Two Canterbury Scene, Experimental Rock, Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic Rock
57 1979 Bee Gees Odessa Baroque Pop, Pop Rock     
58 2104 Jethro Tull Stand Up Blues Rock, Progressive Rock
59 2118 Pink Floyd Ummagumma Experimental, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock     
60 2167 Kevin Ayers Joy of a Toy Canterbury Scene, Psychedelic Rock
61 2193 John McLaughlin Extrapolation Post-Bop
62 2211 Moondog Moondog Modern Classical, Third Stream     
63 2317 Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & The Trinity Streetnoise Jazz-Rock, Progressive Rock     
64 2455 Johnny Winter Second Winter Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues
65 2471 Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa Psychedelic Rock, West Coast Rock
66 2521 The Youngbloods Elephant Mountain Folk Rock
67 2532 Boz Scaggs Boz Scaggs Blue Eyed Soul
68 2574 Joe Cocker Joe Cocker! Blue Eyed Soul, Rock
69 2581 Tim Buckley Blue Afternoon Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
70 2590 Rod Stewart The Rod Stewart Album/ An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down Blues Rock, Folk Rock
71 2687 Sun Ra and His Astro-Infinity Arkestra Atlantis Experimental Big Band, Free Jazz
72 2787 Art Ensemble of Chicago People in Sorrow Avant-Garde Jazz          
73 2867 The Temptations Cloud Nine Psychedelic Soul
74 2872 Ten Years After Ssssh Acid Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock
75 2887 Sir Douglas Quintet Mendocino Country Rock
76 2896 Os Mutantes Mutantes Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Tropicália     

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Jack Bruce Songs for a Tailor Blues Rock, Progressive Rock
B.B. King Completely Well Blues Rock, Electric Blues
Townes Van Zandt Our Mother the Mountain Contemporary Folk, Country, Singer/Songwriter
Miles Davis Filles de Kilimanjaro Post-Bop
Roberta Flack First Take Soul
Herbie Mann Memphis Underground Soul Jazz
The Jackson 5 Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 Pop Soul
George Russell Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature Experimental Big Band
Don Cherry Eternal Rhythm Free Jazz     
Eric Dolphy Iron Man Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
Buffy Sainte-Marie Illuminations Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Fairport Convention What We Did On Our Holidays British Folk Rock
Leo Kottke 6 & 12 String Guitar American Primitivism     
Joni Mitchell Clouds Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Cream Goodbye Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream Progressive Pop, Progressive Rock
Caetano Veloso Caetano Veloso [1969] Tropicália     
High Tide Sea Shanties Heavy Psych, Progressive Rock     
John Mayall The Turning Point British Blues
Richie Havens Richard P. Havens, 1983 Folk Rock
Euphoria A Gift from Euphoria Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Aretha Franklin Soul '69 Southern Soul
Koko Taylor Koko Taylor Chicago Blues
John Stewart California Bloodlines Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Johnny Winter Johnny Winter Blues Rock
Gal Costa Gal Costa Psychedelic Pop, Tropicália     
Wayne Shorter Super Nova Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion
Bukka White The Legacy of the Blues Delta Blues          
Thunderclap Newman Hollywood Dream Pop Rock
Gal Costa Gal Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Tropicália     
Charlie Rich The Fabulous Charlie Rich Country Soul, Nashville Sound
Phil Ochs Rehearsals for Retirement Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter     
Townes Van Zandt Townes Van Zandt Contemporary Folk, Country, Singer/Songwriter     
Colosseum Valentyne Suite Progressive Rock     
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester Farewell Aldebaran Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Rock
Jefferson Airplane Bless Its Pointed Little Head Acid Rock