This is a timeline of artists, albums, and events in progressive rock and its subgenres. This article contains the timeline for the period 1960–1969.
|16 May 1966||The Beach Boys||Pet Sounds||US|
|27 June 1966||The Mothers of Invention||Freak Out!||US|
|18 July 1966||The Byrds||Fifth Dimension||US|
|5 August 1966||The Beatles||Revolver||England|
|10 October 1966||The Beach Boys||Good Vibrations||US|
|November 1966||Love||Da Capo||US|
|4 January 1967||The Doors||The Doors||US|
|January 1967||Miles Davis||Miles Smiles||US|
|February 1967||Jefferson Airplane||Surrealistic Pillow||US|
|February 1967||The Left Banke||Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina||US|
|6 February 1967||The Byrds||Younger Than Yesterday||US|
|12 March 1967||The Velvet Underground||The Velvet Underground & Nico||US|
|26 May 1967||The Beatles||Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||England|
|26 May 1967||The Mothers of Invention||Absolutely Free||US|
|July 1967||The Incredible String Band||The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion||Scotland|
|August 1967||Vanilla Fudge||Vanilla Fudge||US|
|5 August 1967||Pink Floyd||The Piper at the Gates of Dawn||England|
|7 August 1967||Frank Zappa||Lumpy Gravy – On Capitol, but pulled quickly because of threatened legal action by MGM. Popularly released by MGM/Verve on 13 May 1968.||US|
|September 1967||Procol Harum||Procol Harum||England|
|25 September 1967||The Doors||Strange Days||US|
|September 1967||Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band||Safe as Milk||US|
|October 1967||Nirvana||The Story of Simon Simopath||England|
|November 1967||Love||Forever Changes||US|
|10 November 1967||The Moody Blues||Days of Future Passed||England|
|27 November 1967||Jefferson Airplane||After Bathing at Baxter's||US|
|8 December 1967||The Rolling Stones||Their Satanic Majesties Request||England|
|8 December 1967||Traffic||Mr. Fantasy||England|
|December 1967||The Nice||The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack||England|
|15 January 1968||The Byrds||The Notorious Byrd Brothers||US|
|15 January 1968||Miles Davis||Nefertiti||US|
|22 January 1968||Spirit||Spirit||US|
|February 1968||Vanilla Fudge||The Beat Goes On||US|
|21 February 1968||Blood, Sweat & Tears||Child Is Father to the Man||US|
|4 March 1968||The Mothers of Invention||We're Only in It for the Money||US|
|6 March 1968||The United States of America||The United States of America||US|
|March 1968||The Incredible String Band||The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter||Scotland|
|March 1968||The Move||Move||England|
|13 May 1968||Frank Zappa||Lumpy Gravy – An original rare release appeared in late 1967 on Capitol, but was pulled quickly because of threatened legal action by MGM. This MGM/Verve release was the first popularly available version.||US|
|June 1968||The Crazy World of Arthur Brown||The Crazy World of Arthur Brown||England|
|29 June 1968||Pink Floyd||A Saucerful of Secrets||England|
|June 1968||Fairport Convention||Fairport Convention||England|
|June 1968||Vanilla Fudge||Renaissance||US|
|5 July 1968||Tyrannosaurus Rex||My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows||England|
|17 July 1968||Deep Purple||Shades of Deep Purple||UK|
|19 July 1968||Family||Music in a Doll's House||England|
|22 July 1968||Miles Davis||Miles in the Sky||US|
|26 July 1968||The Moody Blues||In Search of the Lost Chord||England|
|August 1968||The Jeff Beck Group||Truth||US|
|September 1968||Procol Harum||Shine on Brightly||England|
|September 1968||Giles, Giles and Fripp||The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles and Fripp||England|
|September 1968||Jefferson Airplane||Crown of Creation||US|
|October 1968||Aphrodite's Child||End of the World||Greece|
|October 1968||Deep Purple||The Book of Taliesyn||UK|
|14 October 1968||Tyrannosaurus Rex||Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages||England|
|25 October 1968||Jethro Tull||This Was||England|
|1 November 1968||George Harrison||Wonderwall Music||England|
|November 1968||The Nice||Ars Longa Vita Brevis||England|
|November 1968||The Left Banke||The Left Banke Too||US|
|November 1968||The Incredible String Band||Wee Tam and the Big Huge||Scotland|
|11 December 1968||Blood, Sweat & Tears||Blood, Sweat & Tears||US|
|December 1968||The Pretty Things||S.F. Sorrow||England|
|December 1968||Soft Machine||The Soft Machine – the original album was only available in the US, an import in the UK; later re-issued as Volume One.||England|
|1968||Miles Davis||Filles de Kilimanjaro||US|
|1968||International Harvester – originally called Pärson Sound (recordings from Pärson Sound weren't released until 2001)||Sov gott Rose-Marie||Sweden|
|1968||Mother's Love – later called De Dream||Take One||Netherlands|
|January 1969||Sam Gopal||Escalator||England|
|February 1969||Jefferson Airplane||Bless Its Pointed Little Head||US|
|February 1969||Spirit||The Family That Plays Together||US|
|February 1969||Vanilla Fudge||Near the Beginning||US|
|5 March 1969||The Byrds||Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde||US|
|7 March 1969||Genesis||From Genesis to Revelation||England|
|March 1969||Colosseum||Those Who Are About to Die Salute You||England|
|March 1969||Family||Family Entertainment||England|
|21 April 1969||The Mothers of Invention||Uncle Meat||US|
|25 April 1969||The Moody Blues||On the Threshold of a Dream||England|
|28 April 1969||Chicago||Chicago Transit Authority||US|
|9 May 1969||George Harrison||Electronic Sound||England|
|16 May 1969||Tyrannosaurus Rex||Unicorn||England|
|23 May 1969||The Who||Tommy||England|
|May 1969||Traffic||Last Exit||England|
|13 June 1969||Pink Floyd||More||England|
|16 June 1969||Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band||Trout Mask Replica||US|
|21 June 1969||Deep Purple||Deep Purple||UK|
|June 1969||It's a Beautiful Day||It's a Beautiful Day||US|
|June 1969||Procol Harum||A Salty Dog||England|
|25 July 1969||Yes||Yes||England|
|30 July 1969||Miles Davis||In a Silent Way||US|
|1 August 1969||Jethro Tull||Stand Up||England|
|August 1969||Organisation||Tone Float||Germany|
|26 September 1969||The Beatles||Abbey Road||England|
|September 1969||The Nice||The Nice||England|
|September 1969||Soft Machine||Volume Two||England|
|September 1969||Van der Graaf Generator||The Aerosol Grey Machine||England, however album was originally released only in the US|
|September 1969||Vanilla Fudge||Rock & Roll||US|
|10 October 1969||King Crimson||In the Court of the Crimson King||England|
|10 October 1969||Frank Zappa||Hot Rats||US|
|25 October 1969||Pink Floyd||Ummagumma||England|
|7 November 1969||Manfred Mann Chapter Three||Manfred Mann Chapter Three||UK|
|21 November 1969||The Moody Blues||To Our Children's Children's Children||England|
|November 1969||Quintessence||In Blissful Company||UK|
|November 1969||Kevin Ayers||Joy of a Toy||UK|
|November 1969||The Incredible String Band||Changing Horses||Scotland|
|December 1969||Fairport Convention||Liege & Lief||England|
|1969||Amon Düül||Psychedelic Underground||Germany|
|1969||Amon Düül||Collapsing / Singvögel Rückwärts & Co||Germany|
|1969||Amon Düül II||Phallus Dei||Germany|
|1969||East of Eden||Mercator Projected||England|
|1969||Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis||Catherine Ribeiro + 2Bis||France|
|1969||Rare Bird||Rare Bird||UK|
|1969||The Vampires of Dartmoore||Dracula's Music Cabinet||Germany|
|1969||Wigwam||Hard 'n' Horny||Finland|
|1969||The Tony Williams Lifetime||Emergency!||US|
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