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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 23,000 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, Pere Ubu, Big Star and Kate Bush.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:11,756
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:170
Average Rating:  82/100 (620 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:388 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:8,051
Rank in 1970s64Overall Rank:254
Average Rating:  81/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:332 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:7,230
Rank in 1970s75Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  79/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:371 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:6,163
Rank in 1970s90Overall Rank:326
Average Rating:  80/100 (499 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:5,538
Rank in 1970s95Overall Rank:362
Average Rating:  80/100 (380 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:281 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:4,898
Rank in 1970s104Overall Rank:406
Average Rating:  80/100 (496 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:4,577
Rank in 1970s107Overall Rank:429
Average Rating:  82/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:3,997
Rank in 1970s121Overall Rank:480
Average Rating:  81/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:3,467
Rank in 1970s134Overall Rank:545
Average Rating:  79/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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10.

More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:3,460
Rank in 1970s135Overall Rank:547
Average Rating:  82/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 11 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Culture 3 0%
Sun Ra 3 0%
The Residents 3 0%
999 3 0%
Kate Bush 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 280 39%
United Kingdom 182 26%
Jamaica 36 5%
Germany 26 4%
Canada 23 3%
France 23 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 3%
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