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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 26,000 greatest album charts.

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

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:499 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:12,756
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  82/100 (694 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:438 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:8,683
Rank in 1970s66Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  81/100 (539 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:7,838
Rank in 1970s78Overall Rank:291
Average Rating:  79/100 (526 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:7,346
Rank in 1970s86Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  81/100 (560 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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5.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:6,384
Rank in 1970s94Overall Rank:348
Average Rating:  80/100 (441 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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6.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:5,260
Rank in 1970s103Overall Rank:416
Average Rating:  80/100 (574 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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7.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:5,141
Rank in 1970s106Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  82/100 (410 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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8.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:4,543
Rank in 1970s118Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  81/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:3,802
Rank in 1970s134Overall Rank:551
Average Rating:  80/100 (301 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:3,634
Rank in 1970s142Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  82/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 11 1%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Sun Ra 4 1%
Culture 3 0%
Lou Reed 3 0%
The Residents 3 0%
999 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 318 40%
United Kingdom 190 24%
Jamaica 41 5%
Canada 32 4%
Germany 29 4%
France 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 24 3%
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