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Best Albums of 1978

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1978 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 15,000 greatest album charts.

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1978 year summaryThe best artists of 1978 were Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Van Halen, Blondie, The Rolling Stones, The Cars, Pere Ubu, The Jam, Big Star and Kraftwerk.
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1.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:9,239
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:173
Average Rating: 82/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:6,208
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:258
Average Rating: 82/100 (333 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:5,836
Rank in 1970s73Overall Rank:271
Average Rating: 79/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:4,858
Rank in 1970s86Overall Rank:313
Average Rating: 80/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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5.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:4,166
Rank in 1970s101Overall Rank:366
Average Rating: 81/100 (328 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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6.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:4,080
Rank in 1970s103Overall Rank:374
Average Rating: 79/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:3,059
Rank in 1970s120Overall Rank:487
Average Rating: 78/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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8.

The Modern DanceUnited States Pere Ubu
Year of Release:1978Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:3,033
Rank in 1970s122Overall Rank:490
Average Rating: 80/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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9.

Third/Sister LoversUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:2,950
Rank in 1970s125Overall Rank:506
Average Rating: 79/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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10.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:2,907
Rank in 1970s129Overall Rank:515
Average Rating: 81/100 (212 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
AC/DC 2 0%
The Saints 2 0%
Judas Priest 2 0%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
Buzzcocks 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 182 40%
United Kingdom 132 29%
Canada 20 4%
Germany 18 4%
Jamaica 18 4%
Mixed Nationality 14 3%
Italy 14 3%
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