Top 10 Worst-Selling Albums of the ’60s

Wondering what the top 10 worst-selling albums of the '60s were? Many of these bands are quite obscure, but diehard sixties collectors may own some of these rarities. See how many of these albums are familiar to you as you peruse the list of the top ten worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. Randy Newman-"Randy Newman": Newman's debut album, released in 1968, never dented the Billboard 200 chart. Differing from his later albums, this one was primarily orchestral and vocal. It featured he single "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," which has since been covered by Bette Midler, Neil Diamond, and others.

  1. The Sorrows-"Take a Heart": Popular in Britain but not in the United States, The Sorrow's "Take a Heart" album was released in 1965. Their single, "Take a Heart," was wildly successful in the U.K. but not in the U.S. also. The Sorrows are one of the few bands to enjoy success in the U.K. but oblivion in the U.S., landing them among the worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. Growing Concern-"Growing Concern": Growing Concern's eponymous debut album in 1969 turned out to be their only release. While it was not a commercial success, the group was a unique blend of psychedelic music, folk, rock and pop that has since caught the ear of modern-day critics.

  1. Ill Wind-"Flashes": This psychedelic folk rock band was originally called The Prophets, and released "Flashes" in 1968 with an initial pressing of just 10,000 copies. There was a flaw in those pressings, making the album defective, and a second pressing of 2500 copies was released. This may be why the album did not sell well in the U.S., and why it appears on the list of the worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. Krokodil-"Krokodil": Although they were presented to the public as a German band, Krokodil was actually of Swiss origin. A blues-rock band, their 1969 debut failed to chart in the U.S. but were favorably compared to Bob Dylan. Still, they are at number five among the top ten worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. The Seeds-"The Seeds": An American garage rock band, The Seeds released their debut album in 1966. While it went to 132 on the Billboard album charts, the single following its release, "Try to Understand," failed to chart in the U.S. Modern critics have praised the forgotten album as an early predecessor to punk.

  1. The Hollies-"Stay With the Hollies": Graham Nash's band's debut album in 1964 did well in the U.K. but failed to gain much notice in the U.S., never even charting. The album featured covers such as "Lucille" and "Mr. Moonlight," with one original composition, "Little Lover." It is one of the worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. Rare Bird-"Rare Bird": The progressive rock band's debut album in 1969 had one hit, "Sympathy" that sold a million copies around the world. It was rerecorded in 1992 by Marillion and went to #17 on the U.K. charts. Rare Bird's eponymous album, however, failed to chart in the U.S., and the album appears on the list of the worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. The Fallen Angels-"It's a Long Way Down": Based in Baltimore, MD, The Fallen Angels were a psychedelic group. "It's a Long Way Down," their second album, came out in 1969. It failed to sell many copies, but received critical acclaim, especially for songs such as "Room at the Top," and the band was compared to The Doors. This wasn't enough to sell many albums, however, and the release is among the top ten worst-selling albums of the '60s.

  1. Fairport Convention-"Fairport Convention": The English folk rock band's debut album failed to chart when it was released in 1968, although subsequent re-releases have done well. The album featured covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and is also one of the ten worst-selling albums of the '60s.

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