Besides 5 box sets, 12 vinyl-only and 3 single-CD albums were also released during the 1980s and 2 new single-CDs were released in 2004. The name of the series, as well as its concept, is a takeoff on the 1972 double LP Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968, originally compiled by Lenny Kaye and released on Elektra Records.
The music found on the Nuggets series is very similar to that of Kaye's original compilation. Many of the songs found on the series' fifteen albums appear on the original Nuggets double LP, while others would eventually wind up on Rhino's box set expansion of Kaye's compilation. Stylistically, the series is focused primarily on relatively obscure garage and psychedelic rock songs from the 1960s. Although most of the music was recorded by American groups, there are a few exceptions, such as The Troggs (English) and The Easybeats (Australian). Notably, however, the music is not as unrefined or as obscure as the songs that tend to populate volumes of the Back from the Grave or Pebbles series.
The fifteen volumes of Rhino's Nuggets series were released between 1984 and 1989.
- "Nuggets, Volume 1: The Hits"
- "Nuggets, Volume 2: Punk"
- "Nuggets, Volume 3: Pop"
- "Nuggets, Volume 4: Pop Part Two"
- "Nuggets, Volume 5: Pop Part Three"
- "Nuggets, Volume 6: Punk Part Two"
- "Nuggets, Volume 7: Early San Francisco"
- "Nuggets, Volume 8: The Northwest"
- "Nuggets, Volume 9: Acid Rock"
- "Nuggets, Volume 10: Folk Rock"
- "Nuggets, Volume 11: Pop Part Four"
- "Nuggets, Volume 12: Punk Part Three"
- "Nuggets: A Classic Collection From The Psychedelic Sixties"
- "More Nuggets: Classics From The Psychedelic Sixties Volume 2"
- "Even More Nuggets: Classics From The Psychedelic Sixties Volume Three"
- Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
- Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969 - a box set of non-U.S. psychedelic rock released between 1964 and 1969
- Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976-1995 - the third box set in Nuggets series, compiling psychedelic rock released after 1975
- Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970
- Where the Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968
- Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults
- Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults