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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 19,000 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 The Jam.
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1.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:380 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:10,561
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  82/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:7,047
Rank in 1970s68Overall Rank:257
Average Rating:  81/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:296 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:7,001
Rank in 1970s70Overall Rank:261
Average Rating:  79/100 (414 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:5,766
Rank in 1970s85Overall Rank:307
Average Rating:  80/100 (416 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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5.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:4,707
Rank in 1970s99Overall Rank:377
Average Rating:  79/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:4,623
Rank in 1970s101Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  80/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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7.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:223 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:3,850
Rank in 1970s114Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  82/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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8.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:3,626
Rank in 1970s119Overall Rank:474
Average Rating:  80/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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9.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:3,510
Rank in 1970s125Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  78/100 (220 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

Dire StraitsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1978Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:3,124
Rank in 1970s134Overall Rank:552
Average Rating:  78/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Culture 3 1%
The Residents 3 1%
Elvis Costello 2 0%
Barbra Streisand 2 0%
Japan 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 227 39%
United Kingdom 148 26%
Jamaica 32 6%
Canada 22 4%
Germany 21 4%
Italy 20 3%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
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