Are You Experienced Sgt. Pepper The Velvet Underground & Nico Miles Smiles
Forever Changes I Never Loved a Man The Who Sell Out Something Else

It is not hyperbole to say 1967 is the year where everything changed in popular music. After all, it is the year that brought us Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles LP that redefined what an album could be, changing the perspective not only of the audience (and winning over a significant number of skeptics who had never before taken rock & roll music seriously) but also that of fellow artists who embraced the album as a challenge. But 1967 can't be whittled down to a single album. It was a year where every style of popular music was either at a peak or in the throes of reinvention. Psychedelia hit full flower and, with it, came a masterpiece from Love (Forever Changes) and debuts by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Doors, Pink Floyd, Traffic, and Moby Grape. With their debut, the Velvet Underground broke ground on another kind of underground rock (Captain Beefheart also released his first album this year, working a different underground path on a different coast), but to say 1967 was just about rock & roll diminishes this remarkable year. Jazz was fiercely creative as it moved in two different directions, with certain groups going further out and others digging deeper into the groove; with his second great quintet, Miles Davis straddled the line between these two extremes. Blues had a soul explosion, resulting in masterworks by Albert King and Magic Sam. Soul and R&B either got deep and gritty or cool and stylish, producing classics in both veins. Thanks to Bakersfield mavericks like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, country got progressive and, at the end of the year, Bob Dylan made the first inroads into country-rock with John Wesley Harding. Everybody was taking chances -- even the Monkees, who wrested control long enough to write their own songs and play their own instruments on the terrific Headquarters, one of the many great pop albums from '67. There is too much great music to fit into one single list but that's one of the reasons to love 1967.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine [Spotify]
Going into 1967, I knew that it'd be a difficult year to narrow down into two lists of 20, but that's primarily because it's the year that brought us Sgt. Pepper, The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Who Sell Out, Forever Changes, Are You Experienced, and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, among other regular contenders for Best Albums Ever lists. What shocked me was how deep the bench was in every genre and every style. It's a great year for albums -- and not just post-Pepper concept albums, but classic collections of 10 killer songs -- and an astonishing year for singles, filled with lush, symphonic country-pop, cheerful sunshine pop, funky R&B grooves, and anything else you can imagine. These two lists contain the 20 albums and 20 singles that are my current favorites as of April 2013; talk to me in a couple of months and the order may shift, but I'll still love them all, along with much of the music that didn't make the cut. My Spotify list is long and is naturally limited by licensing (no Beatles and no New Vaudeville Band, either), but there's still a bunch of good stuff here.

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Who - The Who Sell Out
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Magic Sam - West Side Soul
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
Miles Davis Quintet - Miles Smiles
Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
Small Faces - Small Faces
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Love - Da Capo
Moby Grape - Moby Grape
The Monkees - Headquarters
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Scott Walker - Scott

Brenton Wood - "Gimme Little Sign"
The Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane"
Rolling Stones - "Let's Spend the Night Together"
Stevie Wonder - "I Was Made to Love Her"
Small Faces - "Itchycoo Park"
Soul Survivors - "Expressway to Your Heart"
Glen Campbell - "By the Time I Get To Phoenix"
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - "I Second that Emotion"
Sagittarius - "My World Fell Down"
Jeff Beck - "Beck's Bolero"
Lee Dorsey - "My Old Car"
The Turtles - "She'd Rather Be with Me"
The Box Tops - "The Letter"
Joe Tex - "Show Me"
The Who - "Pictures of Lily"
Donovan - "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
The Hombres - "Let It All Hang Out"
The Byrds - "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"
The Chocolate Watchband - "Let's Talk About Girls"
The Pink Floyd - "See Emily Play"

John Bush
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again
The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
Donovan - A Gift from a Flower to a Garden
Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
Kaleidoscope - Side Trips
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Love - Forever Changes
Moby Grape - Moby Grape
The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Small Faces - Small Faces
Caetano Veloso - Caetano Veloso (Tropicália)
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Scott Walker - Scott
The Who - The Who Sell Out

Small Faces - "Itchycoo Park"
Tomorrow - "My White Bicycle"
The Hollies - "King Midas in Reverse"
The Who - "I Can See for Miles"
The Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever"
Nancy & Lee - "Some Velvet Morning"
Buffalo Springfield - "Hung Upside Down"
Jefferson Airplane - "Today"
Moby Grape - "Sitting by the Window"
Noel Harrison - "Museum"
The Turtles - "Me About You"
The Association - "Windy"
The Free Design - "Kites Are Fun"
The Cowsills - "The Rain, The Park & Other Things"
The Esquires - "Get on Up"
The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"
The Doors - "Strange Days"
Scott Walker - "Montague Terrace (In Blue)"
The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"
Nico - "These Days"

Heather Phares
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Donovan - A Gift from a Flower to a Garden
The Free Design - Kites Are Fun
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear
Love - Forever Changes
Wes Montgomery - A Day in the Life
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
Ennio Morricone - A Fistful of Dollars
Nico - Chelsea Girl
The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Scott Walker - Scott
The Who - The Who Sell Out

The Beatles - "Hello Goodbye"
The Box Tops - "The Letter"
Donovan - "Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
The Four Tops - "Standing in the Shadows of Love"
Bobbie Gentry - "Ode to Billie Joe"
Jay & the Techniques - "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie"
The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"
The Left Banke - "Pretty Ballerina"
Lulu - "To Sir with Love"
The Marvelettes - "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"
The Monkees - "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You"
The Music Explosion - "Little Bit o' Soul"
The Nightcrawlers - "The Little Black Egg"
The Rolling Stones - "Let's Spend the Night Together"
Diana Ross & the Supremes - "Reflections"
The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"
The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"
Nancy Sinatra - "You Only Live Twice"
Dionne Warwick - "I Say a Little Prayer"
Stevie Wonder - "I Was Made to Love Her"
Brenton Wood - "Gimme Little Sign"

Tim Sendra
Darrell Banks - Darrell Banks Is Here!
Bee Gees - Bee Gees' 1st
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe as Milk
The Creation - We Are Paintermen
The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)
The Free Design - Kites Are Fun
J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright
Keith - 98.6/Ain't Gonna Lie
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina
The Lollipop Shoppe - Just Colour
Love - Forever Changes
The Merry-Go-Round - The Merry-Go-Round
The Monkees - Headquarters
The Music Machine - Bonniwell's Music Machine
The Pretty Things - Emotions
Tommy Roe - It's Now Winters Day
Sagittarius - Present Tense
The Who - The Who Sell Out
The Yellow Balloon - Yellow Balloon

Jonathan Ball [Spotify]
The Doors - The Doors
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Miles Davis - Sorcerer
The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Who - The Who Sell Out
Donovan - A Gift from a Flower to a Garden
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
The Beach Boys - Wild Honey
Cream - Disraeli Gears
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
Fred Neil - Fred Neil
Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again
Eric Burdon & the Animals - Winds of Change
Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come
Various Artists - The Monterey International Pop Festival

The 5th Dimension - "Up, Up and Away"
The Hollies - "King Midas in Reverse"
The Hollies - "On a Carousel"
The Rolling Stones - "We Love You"
Jeff Beck - "Beck's Bolero"
The Pink Floyd - "See Emily Play"
The Pink Floyd - "Arnold Layne"
The Association - "Never My Love"
Cream - "Tales of Brave Ulysses"
The Byrds - "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"
Traffic - "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
Grateful Dead - "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)"
The Turtles - "She's My Girl"
Diana Ross & the Supremes - "Reflections"
Spanky & Our Gang - "Lazy Day"
The Young Rascals - "Groovin'"
Soul Survivors - "Expressway to Your Heart"
Simon & Garfunkel - "At the Zoo"
The Doors - "You're Lost Little Girl"
Lesley Gore - "California Nights"

Matt Collar
Donald Byrd - Slow Drag
The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come
Don Cherry & John Coltrane - The Avant Garde
Gene Clark - Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers
John Coltrane - Expression
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Miles Davis Quintet - Miles Smiles
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Sergio Mendes - Equinox
The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show
The Pretty Things - Emotions
Wayne Shorter - Schizophrenia
Dusty Springfield - Where Am I Going
Scott Walker - Scott

Andy Kellman [Spotify]
Love - Forever Changes
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Miles Davis Quintet - Miles Smiles
Nina Simone - High Priestess of Soul
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
The Who - The Who Sell Out
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
William Bell - The Soul of a Bell
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe as Milk
Scott Walker - Scott
Hank Mobley - A Caddy for Daddy
Sam Rivers - Contours
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Wayne Shorter - Schizophrenia
Nico - Chelsea Girl
Andrew Hill - Compulsion!!!!!
Rotary Connection - Rotary Connection

Four Tops - "Bernadette"
Diana Ross & the Supremes - "Reflections"
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
James Brown & the Famous Flames - "Cold Sweat"
Aretha Franklin - "Chain of Fools"
Gladys Knight & the Pips - "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Stevie Wonder - "I Was Made to Love Her"
Spencer Davis Group - "I'm a Man"
James Carr - "The Dark End of the Street"
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - "Some Velvet Morning"
The Doors - "Light My Fire"
Syl Johnson - "Different Strokes"
The Pink Floyd - "See Emily Play"
Edú Lôbo/Marilia Medalha - "Ponteio"
Soul Survivors - "Expressway to Your Heart"
The Parliaments - "(I Wanna) Testify"
Nancy Sinatra - "You Only Live Twice"
Eric Burdon & the Animals - "When I Was Young"
The Hollies - "King Midas in Reverse"
Jackie Wilson - "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"

James Christopher Monger
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Scott Walker - Scott
Neil Diamond - Just for You
Love - Forever Changes
Cream - Disraeli Gears
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
The Left Bake - Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Doors - The Doors
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Hollies - Butterfly
Bee Gees - Bee Gees' 1st
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
Love - Da Capo
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
The Mothers of Invention - Absolutely Free
Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Who - The Who Sell Out

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Bold as Love"
The Doors - "People Are Strange"
The Nightcrawlers - "Little Black Egg"
13th Floor Elevators - "She Lives (In a Time of Her Own)"
Nico - "The Fairest of the Seasons"
Jefferson Airplane - "Martha"
The Creation - "Making Time"
The Sonics - "Psycho"
Harry Nilsson - "1941"
Gordon Lightfoot - "Canadian Railroad Trilogy"
Eddie Floyd - "Knock on Wood"
The Hollies - "Carrie Anne"
Merle Haggard - "Skid Row"
The Monkees - "She"
The Easybeats - "Friday on My Mind''
Brenton Wood - "Oogum Boogum"
The Association - "Requiem for the Masses"
The Mamas & the Papas - "Creeque Alley"
The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"
The Byrds - "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"

Sean Westergaard
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Mel Brown - Chicken Fat
The Chambers Brothers - The Time Has Come
Various Artists - Chicago/The Blues/Today!, Vol. 2
Don Ellis - Electric Bath
Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar - Friar Tuck & His Psychedelic Guitar
John Handy - The 2nd John Handy Album
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
Pete LaRoca - Turkish Women at the Bath
Love - Forever Changes
Magic Sam - West Side Soul
Marshall McLuhan - The Medium Is the Massage
The Mothers of Invention - Absolutely Free
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
Ravi Shankar - West Meets East
Gabor Szabo - The Sorcerer
The Ventures - Guitar Freakout

Matthew Garbutt [Spotify]
13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe as Milk
Darrell Banks - Darrell Banks is Here!
David Bowie - David Bowie
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
Love - Forever Changes
Nico - Chelsea Girl
Nina Simone - Nina Simone Sings the Blues
Scott Walker - Scott
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Equinox
The Doors - The Doors
The Electric Prunes - Underground
The The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
The Small Faces - The Small Faces
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Young Rascals - Groovin'
Traffic - Mr. Fantasy

Arthur Conley - "Sweet Soul Music"
Brenton Wood - "Gimme Little Sign"
Desmond Dekker & the Aces - "007 (Shanty Town)"
Diana Ross & the Supremes - "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone"
Dyke & the Blazers - "Funky Broadway"
Eddie Floyd - "Knock on Wood"
Etta James - "Tell Mama"
Jackie Wilson - "(Your Love Keeps Lifting me) Higher and Higher"
Lulu - "Try to Understand"
Nancy & Lee - "Some Velvet Morning"
Prince Buster - "Al Capone"
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - "I Second that Emotion"
The Creation - "Biff Bang Pow"
The Ethiopians - "Train to Skaville"
The Four Tops - "Bernadette"
The Human Beinz - "Nobody But Me"
The Parliaments - "Testify"
The Poets - "Wooden Spoon"
The Quik - "Bert's Apple Crumble"
Terry Reid - "This Time"
The Sparkles - "Hipsville 29 BC"
The Third Bardo - "Five Years Ahead of My Time"
William Bell - "Eloise"

James Wilkinson
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Love - Forever Changes
Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
The Doors - The Doors
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again
Small Faces - Small Faces
The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
The Monkees - Headquarters
The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Incredible String Band - The 5000 Spirits of the Layers of the Onion
Scott Walker - Scott
Donovan - A Gift from a Flower to a Garden
The Doors - Strange Days
The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe as Milk
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Part One

The Kinks - "Autumn Almanac"
The Monkees - "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You"/"The Girl I Knew Somewhere"
The Pink Floyd - "See Emily Play"
The Pink Floyd - "Arnold Layne"
James Carr - "The Dark End of the Street"
Dusty Springfield - "The Look of Love"
Nirvana - "Tiny Goddess"
Small Faces - "Tin Soldier"
The Beach Boys - "Darlin'"
The Move - "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
The Hollies - "On a Carousel"
Bettye Swann - "Make Me Yours"
Lee Hazlewood - "The Girls in Paris"
The Hollies - "King Midas in Reverse"
David McWilliams - "The Days of Pearly Spencer"
Glen Campbell - "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
The Zombies - "Goin' Out of My Head"
The Association - "Never My Love"
The Mama & the Papas - "Creeque Alley"

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