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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s by Tamthebam (2018)  

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This is my favourite decade. Electric Warrior was the first album I ever owned, so it has a special meaning for me, I still have the original vinyl copies of 50% of these albums. I have not included "Best Of" albums that are in my year charts.I love all types of music and I loved as a teenager exploring music recommended by others, I discovered Soul and Country-Rock during this decade.

Chart updated: 04/20/2018 11:15 (Created: 08/24/2013 13:28). Chart size: 100 albums.

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Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
One of the greatest double albums of all time and along with Innervisions two of the greatest soul/RnB albums ever. I remember there was a lot of hype before the release of this album as it was delayed time and time again before finally being released at the end of 1976. It more than lived up to the hype. I remember when I finally got my copy on my 17th bday and I listened to it for 2 days solid. Its message is more relevant today than it was back in the 70's - Love's In Need Of Love Today, Village Ghetto Land, If It's Magic, Saturn. There are also some gorgeous love songs - Knocks Me Off My Feet, Isn't she Lovely, Ordinary Pain, As and Another Star. Two great instrumentals Contusion & Easy Goin' Evening and on top of all that is Sir Duke,I Wish & Pastime Paradise amazing.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:757 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:18,227
Rank in 1970s35Overall Rank:136
Average Rating:  84/100 (856 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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Rickie Lee JonesUnited States Rickie Lee Jones
I love this album one of the best debut albums of all time. Contains the great Chuck E's In Love, the album is also full of great observations of love & life including Young Blood, Last Chance Texaco, Danny's All Star Joint and Company. Her voice has a jazzy rock appeal, She reminds me of Tom Waits, emotional yet sometimes funny. She has made other great albums but for me this is still the best.
(First added to chart: 14/06/2012)
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1979:56Rank Score:651
Rank in 1970s552Overall Rank:2,840
Average Rating:  74/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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"Heroes"United Kingdom David Bowie
The trio of Berlin albums (Low Heroes & Lodger) are the best set of concept albums ever recorded, by anyone. Low & Heroes were released in 1977 within 8 months of each other. Heroes is my favourite of these three it is rougher round the edges than Low, Side 2 (tracks 6-10) create an atmosphere that could be the soundtrack of a horror movie an amazing sound that is deeper than anything on Low and on top of that there is the title track and the forgotten classic Beauty & The Beast.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:580 charts
Rank in 1977:9Rank Score:9,773
Rank in 1970s70Overall Rank:265
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,030 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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HejiraCanada Joni Mitchell
A road journey from place to place as well as through time is how I see this album. This is my favourite Joni album the atmosphere she creates with the tunings of her guitar throughout this album is masterful. Coyote, Amelia, Song For Sharon & Black Crow are some of her best ever compositions. The title track is Arabic for Travel.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1976:11Rank Score:3,647
Rank in 1970s158Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  79/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Aladdin SaneUnited Kingdom David Bowie
This was the first Bowie album I owned and still to this day a favourite. It was labelled as the "Ziggy Goes To America " album as the sound and atmosphere created was heavier and darker than anything he had done before. I unlike so many others like his reworking of Lets Spend The Night Together it fits this album. There are so many classic Bowie tracks here all of Side 1 (1-5) and Time ,The Jean Genie & Lady Grinning Soul make this a Classic must have album.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:508 charts
Rank in 1973:9Rank Score:8,043
Rank in 1970s88Overall Rank:332
Average Rating:  83/100 (887 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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InnervisionsUnited States Stevie Wonder
Probably Stevie Wonder's most perfect record. Innervisions, is not my favourite Wonder LP, and you may not even think it's his best, but it is his one album that ticks all the boxes. It doesn't feel indulgent or overlong, there's no filler, no weak tracks or any missteps, it's simply Stevie Wonder firing on all cylinders, making a tight, cohesive and unforgettable LP. Great songs are, Living for the City, Higher Ground, He's Mistra Know It All and Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing - simply breathtaking
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:773 charts
Rank in 1973:4Rank Score:19,155
Rank in 1970s33Overall Rank:129
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (909 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Its now 41 years since I first listened to this great album for the first time. I loved Stevie Nicks voice so much that I bought it for that reason alone.so discovering Lindsay Buckingham & Christine McVie as singers and songwriters was eye opening or ear opening ! On top of all that was the stories of the break-ups that inspired the songs & The Chain which kept them together.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,527 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:52,293
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,798 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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Electric WarriorUnited Kingdom T. Rex
The first L.P. I ever owned. I still play it today a great album every track is good. Best tracks are Get It On, Jeepster, Life's a Gas & the closing track Rip Off, the opening track Mambo Sun would have been another great single. Marc Bolan was one of my first musical heroes and like a number of artists in my Top 100 now gone forever.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:496 charts
Rank in 1971:16Rank Score:8,299
Rank in 1970s87Overall Rank:324
Average Rating:  82/100 (594 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
One of the best albums of all time & Neil Young's best. Southern Man, After the Gold Rush, Don't Let It Bring You Down are some of his best songs. Then there are the ballads Birds & Only Love Can Break Your Heart and the brilliant When You Dance.......... oh 'Till the Morning Comes .....ah.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,065 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:27,640
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:81
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,312 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Another great Bowie album from the 70's (1971) this was the album before Ziggy and contains the standards Life On Mars, Changes & Oh You Pretty Things. But the album is more than that it shows Bowie progressing as a singer & songwriter Quicksand & The Bewlay Brothers are brilliant tracks and along with Queen Bitch & Andy Warhol make this a must have album.
(First added to chart: 08/25/2013)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,302 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:39,284
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,746 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 11 11%
1971 10 10%
1972 9 9%
1973 13 13%
1974 8 8%
1975 10 10%
1976 11 11%
1977 12 12%
1978 7 7%
1979 9 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 9 9%
Elton John 7 7%
Stevie Wonder 6 6%
T. Rex 5 5%
Rod Stewart 4 4%
Led Zeppelin 4 4%
Pink Floyd 4 4%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 54 54%
United States 38 38%
Canada 7 7%
Sweden 1 1%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 3 from 70th to 67th
All 'n All
by Earth, Wind And Fire
climbers Up 2 from 92nd to 90th
A Beard Of Stars
by Tyrannosaurus Rex
climbers Up 2 from 47th to 45th
Harvest
by Neil Young
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 5 from 63rd to 68th
Houses Of The Holy
by Led Zeppelin
fallers Down 4 from 38th to 42nd
Tapestry
by Carole King
fallers Down 4 from 69th to 73rd
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
by Elton John

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From antaiospiano 03/13/2018 21:04
Nice list, I like that you put “Heroes” above all other Bowie albums. That one seems to get a lot of hate lately.
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From Diomed 03/13/2018 12:53
Really great chart! Sure does bring back a lot of memories.
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From SamNassiri98 03/13/2018 10:29
lovely!
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From Ulf 03/13/2018 08:02
very fine stuff would love to see some descriptions.
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From Ashmark 02/17/2018 00:04
This is a phenomenal list. Almost every album is deep on substance. Then there are some that are just great to listen to. Their substance comes from just how damn great they sound and make you feel (Rumours for example). Awesome.
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From bobbyb5 02/04/2017 22:12
This is so similar to mine it's scary!! Everybody here seems to love Bowie, ALTHOUGH NOT PINUPS!! I do tho, It even made my All-time list.
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From Stover75 01/04/2017 20:01
Excellent 70s chart. 39 albums in common. The 70s are also my favourite decade for music even though I was only born in the mid-70s. Its partly nostalgia for early childhood and also because many of my favourite artists were big in the 70s. Great chart man!
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From buzzdainer 07/13/2016 17:42
Outstanding! Pretty tough to disagree with Songs in the Key of Life in the #1 slot--it is in many ways a perfect representation of the seventies. Also glad to see Closing Time on here, as well as Hejira in your top ten. Great work!
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From hahol 11/06/2014 21:22
Stevie Wonder ruled in the mid-70s. I think you have good taste and a stunning collection from the 50's to the 80's! Don't agree with everything, but really enjoy going through your eclectic collection! Your father was wise man!
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From NowhereMan 08/02/2014 21:05
Nice.
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