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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 18,000 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, Kraftwerk, Pere Ubu, The Jam and Kate Bush.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:9,997
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  82/100 (479 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:295 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:6,697
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:257
Average Rating:  81/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:273 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:6,405
Rank in 1970s71Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  79/100 (379 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:5,373
Rank in 1970s87Overall Rank:311
Average Rating:  80/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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5.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:4,527
Rank in 1970s101Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  80/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:4,267
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:398
Average Rating:  79/100 (294 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:3,838
Rank in 1970s109Overall Rank:430
Average Rating:  82/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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8.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:3,252
Rank in 1970s125Overall Rank:499
Average Rating:  78/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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9.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:3,210
Rank in 1970s127Overall Rank:511
Average Rating:  80/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:3,008
Rank in 1970s133Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  81/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
The Residents 3 1%
Buzzcocks 2 0%
Frank Zappa 2 0%
Ted Nugent 2 0%
Camel 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 204 40%
United Kingdom 142 28%
Jamaica 23 4%
Canada 22 4%
Germany 20 4%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Italy 16 3%
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