The Best Albums of the LBJ Presidency

Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office

Under turbulent circumstances, Lyndon Baines Johnson took the oath of office on November 22, 1963, to become the 36th POTUS. Having just suffered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the country was facing increasing tensions in Vietnam that would soon escalate into a full-blown war. The Civil Rights Movement was at its climax, and it seemed like the country was being torn apart. Conflict helps foster art, though, and the mid to late '60s were no exception.

Granted, much of the art produced during LBJ's presidency was little more than agitprop lacking any meaningful nuance or was insipid escapism. However, at least as far as music went, during LBJ's time in office some excellent albums were produced. The best albums from that time period are ranked below.

10. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You - Aretha Franklin

If you haven't watched the documentary about Muscle Shoals and FAME Studio, I recommend you do so. Produced by Rick Hall of FAME Studio, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You propelled Aretha Franklin to the Queen of Soul status.

9. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks

One of the masterpieces of the British invasion, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is often overshadowed by the album’s Baroque Pop peers (two are listed below). In fact, many people aren’t even aware of its existence, which is unfortunate. The album makes me think of the 19th-century novelist Thomas Hardy — if Hardy had been a drug-addled pop musician in love with Baroque music during the 1960s, that is.