Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #6

The TOP THIRTEEN Albums of the 1960's

brought to you by the TOP FIVE (Yes, only Five) BANDS of the l960's

This is NOT based on anyone's opinion, but rather album sales,

so don't BLAME ME if you're fave 60's band isn't represented.

And if you didn't already know


13. Blood, Sweat and Tears: Sold over 3,000,000 copies. You can click on my favourite song titles to go back in time 4 decades. My favourite from this album is: "And When I Die" . This video is from a 1970 tour in Japan complete with Japanese sub-titles!
12. Crosby, Stills & Nash: this album sold over 4,000,000 albums (and this was pre-Neil Young!) My favourite song on this album is Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and the video is an amazingly good clip from Woodstock 69.
11. Meet the Beatles: Later released as With the Beatles this album sold 5,000,000 copies. I have a lot of favourites on this album, but I'll go with "I Saw Her Standing There" as it was the best one to wiggle your hips to. I still know all the words by heart. Awwwwww. This video is from the live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show (which I watched as an 8 year old - completely swooning!) Sound isn't so great - you can hear John attempting to harmonize.
10. Revolver: More Beatles selling again over 5,000,000 copies. Released in l966, two years after Meet the Beatles but so much more sophisticated. Fave song: "Eleanor Rigby"
I chose America Idol contestant David Cook's version of this song as I am picking him to win it all!

9. The Monkees: Released in 1967 when I was 11 and I fell in love with another bass player - Mike Nesmith (#1 of course Paul McCartney). I loved The Monkees I am not ashamed to say. My fave on this album "Last Train to Clarksville" and the video is from their self-entitled TV show which I used to watch every Sunday night at my grandma's house because we couldn't get the channel at my house. Dedicated huh?
8. More of the Monkees: Released in l967 to take advantage of their popularity I imagine this album sold more than 5,000,000 copies including the one I still have in the basement. So many great songs - I'll go with "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" - this version is from their l967 tour.

Either they were badly stoned or the sound is distorted?

7. Rubber Soul: What an album! Released in l965 it sold in excess of 6,000,000! Wowzer! Tough to pick just one but here it is: "Drive my Car"

6. Magical Mystery Tour: The Beatles yet again with another 6,000,000 copies sold in l967 - can you say cagillionaire? I have chosen "Baby You're a Rich Man" to symbolize their, well, riches!

5. Led Zeppelin I: No l960's list would be complete without a little Led Zep. Their first album sold a mere 10,000,000 copies, not too shabby. "Good Times Bad Times" represents their short tenure as a band yet their lasting fame. 4. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - released in l967 - the Beatles were nothing if not prolific songwriters. It's hard to pick one from this album as it's a start to finish kind of album but here goes: "With a Little Help From my Friends". Here's Ringo singing it in 1987 at the Prince's Trust. Oh yeah, this record sold 11,000,000 copies.
3. Abbey Road: Is this my favourite of all time? Maybe, a definite maybe. Sold 12,000,000 after its release in l969. Take a listen to "Because" -so sad because the end was in sight. So absolutely beautiful.
2. Led Zeppelin II comes in at number 2 with sales of over 12,000,000. Here's my personal fave - "Heartbreaker!"
1. The number one selling album, a double album no less, was The Beatles White Album, released in 1968, contained thirty songs and sold (drum roll please......) over 19,000,000 copies. There isn't a bad song, even a mediochre song on these LPs, but I always loved "Sexy Sadie" so here it is.



SJ Reidhead said...

You want me to ADMIT I purchased way over half of these albums the first time around?

The Pink Flamingo

Nicholas said...

Abbey Road and The White Album were my faves. And they have never been bettered by anyone, ever!

SandyCarlson said...

I'm so thrilled the Monkees made that list.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I listened to them all. It was a great time in my life. Awesome job. Have a wonderful TT. :)

Malcolm said...

It's funny because earlier this evening I was thinking of the cover for the album "Rubber Soul". I always liked that distorted photo. "Abbey Road" is my favorite Beatles album too. It doesn't have a bad track on it.

Janet said...

I like your taste, woman! I have almost all those albums, too, except the first one you mentioned. Some great music here! I have tickets to go see Robert Plant this summer ... he's touring with Allison Krause, and I don't really care for country music...but...Robert Plant!

Julie said...

I think i may have contributed to the sales figures of all of those, except BS&W. Led Zeppelin rule!!!

On a limb with Claudia said...

Wow - that's very interesting. It's hard to really understand the impact of the Beatles. But here they are!

Happy TT!

No Nonsense Girl said...

Happy T13 :)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I've got a bunch of these in my basement. No turntable anymore (I don't think -- we were done in by the lack of available needles), but we've got 'em.

Not to mention the ones I bought on CD... hey, this metal chick knows her roots (and it ain't all Zep, either)!

WillThink4Wine said...

The Monkees! My very first concert! Boston Garden, 1967. I lost my voice for days! Still totally in crush with Mike Nesmith! Who doesn't love the Beatles! Take out Led Zeppelin and this is my late 60's list!

Lori said...

OMG...I remember all of those. That was when music was REALLY great. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by:)

MamaGeek said...

Oh this was GREAT! I actually LOVE each and every one of these albums. Most of which are now on my IPOD!

Gattina said...

And can you imagine that I don't remember anything of this time (except the songs of course) because I was soooo in love and preparing my marriage, lol !

anthonynorth said...

Led Zep 2 and Abbey Road are definitely my favourites there, but a great list.