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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 24,000 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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1.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:462 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:12,164
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:168
Average Rating:  82/100 (652 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:404 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:8,270
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  81/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:7,646
Rank in 1970s74Overall Rank:280
Average Rating:  79/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:6,694
Rank in 1970s88Overall Rank:312
Average Rating:  80/100 (524 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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5.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:309 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:5,902
Rank in 1970s95Overall Rank:356
Average Rating:  80/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:4,939
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  80/100 (526 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:4,758
Rank in 1970s108Overall Rank:436
Average Rating:  82/100 (375 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:195 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:4,360
Rank in 1970s115Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  81/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Dire StraitsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1978Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:3,568
Rank in 1970s135Overall Rank:551
Average Rating:  77/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:3,565
Rank in 1970s136Overall Rank:554
Average Rating:  79/100 (274 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 291 40%
United Kingdom 186 25%
Jamaica 37 5%
Germany 26 4%
Canada 24 3%
France 23 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 3%
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