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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:463 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:12,088
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:169
Average Rating:  82/100 (640 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:399 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:8,253
Rank in 1970s65Overall Rank:255
Average Rating:  81/100 (496 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:7,693
Rank in 1970s71Overall Rank:272
Average Rating:  79/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:6,559
Rank in 1970s89Overall Rank:315
Average Rating:  80/100 (519 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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5.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:5,890
Rank in 1970s95Overall Rank:353
Average Rating:  80/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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6.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:4,981
Rank in 1970s103Overall Rank:411
Average Rating:  80/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:4,542
Rank in 1970s109Overall Rank:442
Average Rating:  82/100 (368 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:4,380
Rank in 1970s113Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  81/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:3,518
Rank in 1970s134Overall Rank:550
Average Rating:  79/100 (268 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Dire StraitsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1978Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:3,498
Rank in 1970s136Overall Rank:558
Average Rating:  77/100 (318 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


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


United States 292 40%
United Kingdom 187 26%
Jamaica 37 5%
Germany 26 4%
Mixed Nationality 23 3%
Canada 23 3%
France 22 3%
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