Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s by Romanelli (2020)

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Produced by Roy Thomas Baker. This album may sound squeaky clean and spotless, but The Cars is a great debut album filled with great songs. The real secret weapon here is Elliot Easton with what are easily the greatest guitar licks of the New Wave era. Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr split the lead vocal duties, and Ocasek's songwriting is flawless. This is one of the top albums of New Wave, and a staggering debut effort. This album still sounds great today, and my collection would be naked without it. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1978
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Produced by Tom Dowd. What should have been the grand entrance of The Allman Brothers Band as superstars became a sad monument to Brother Duane. He died while the album was being recorded, and while his guitar can be heard on several tracks, it's his spirit that allows the album to be a triumph. The band carried on for him, and the result is a beautiful headstone for one of the greatest guitarsists of all time. Eat A Peach is a great, emotional album, and the pinnacle of what Southern rock was meant to be. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1972
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2,391
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Produced by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Neil Young was very much the strongest of these four, and his presence pushed the songwriting of the other three to a new level. Not the there weren't fine songs without him on the previous album, but Crosby ("Almost Cut My Hair", Stills ("Carry On") and Nash ("Teach Your Children")reach new heights with Young, who pushes the trio to greatness. Without him, they quickly digressed into the world of beach rock...not pretty at all. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1970
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Produced by Al Kooper. Say what you want about "Free Bird". You don't really hear it all the time on the radio, and the truth is, it's a great song. And this is an excellent debut album. "Simple Man", "Tuesday's Gone", "Gimme Three Steps", "I Ain't The One", AND "Free Bird"...all on one glorious disc. Skynyrd picked up Southern rock from the ashes of the Allmans and carried it proudly until they suffered their own tragedy. But they were great for awhile, and their debut album is powerful stuff. [First added to this chart: 02/20/2012]
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1973
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4,652
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Produced by Jimmy Miller. The best years of The Rolling Stones were the years that Mick Taylor was the lead guitarist. Sticky Fingers is the best of that period, the best album of the Stones career. And that's saying a lot. "Brown Sugar", "Bitch", "Sway", "Dead Flowers", "Sister Morphine"...this album has it all. It's got a variety of sounds, it rocks, and outside of the ill-conceived jazzy end of "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'", it's absolutely perfect. Sticky Fingers is why The Stones are called the greatest band in the world. They do not disappoint. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1971
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22,470
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Produced by Neil Young, Elliot Mazer, Henry Lewy & Jack Nitzsche. Say what you will about Harvest. "It's too pop". "It's too mellow". I say pah. Harvest is stunning and beautiful. Just because it has "Heart Of Gold" and "Old Man", and just because you've heard them a million times doesn't mean they are bad. Neil has made several masterpieces, and this is most definitely one of them. Not a weak track...not even the ones buried in strings. Ten tracks of perfection from one of the best of all time. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1972
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Produced by Robbie Robertson. It was supposed to have been the last show by The band, but they couldn't keep away. Except for Robbie Robertson. But regardless, this is the way to go out. Invite people like Van and Neil and Neil and Joni and Eric and Muddy and maybe Bob Dylan, too, to help send you on your way in style. This is how I'd like to end a band someday. With a big Scorsese production and the best musicians in the business stopping by to pay tribute by singing along with the band. Simply glorious. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1978
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Produced by Pink Floyd. A moving, stunning piece of art. This album flows together like no other, and the entire mood and atmosphere is consistent throughout. Not just lyrically...this is musically as sound a concept album as there is. It still sells a gazillion copies to this day, and is revered for good reason. This is a sonic masterpiece that has yet to be even close to duplicated over what is now 40 years plus. Perfect in every way, pleasing to every sense, beautiful in the rarest of ways. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1973
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99,913
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Produced by George Harrison & Phil Spector. When George left The Beatles, he had years worth of songwriting just waiting to be released. All Things Must Pass is 3 records of newfound freedom...no more second fiddle to John & Paul. Like all of his solo work, this is open and spiritually honest, and you can hear the joy in his singing and playing. He was never this good again, but on this album, he was simply great. The best of all of the solo albums by The Beatles...and that's saying a lot. A triple solo debut album that works...yep! [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1970
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12,474
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Produced by John Fogerty. The worst album cover of all time hides one of the best rock and roll albums ever made. The height of everything that was great about Creedence, Cosmo's Factory contains a bunch of Fogerty's greatest songs, along with some nice classic covers, including a full 11 minutes of the glorious "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". At the sixties end and the dawn of the seventies, this was maybe the greatest band on earth. This album is living proof that they really were on the same level as The Beatles & Stones...for awhile. [First added to this chart: 12/23/2011]
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1970
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 20 20%
1971 10 10%
1972 8 8%
1973 9 9%
1974 5 5%
1975 8 8%
1976 6 6%
1977 12 12%
1978 10 10%
1979 12 12%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 49 49%
United States 38 38%
Canada 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Jamaica 1 1%

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From antaiospiano 04/24/2018 22:26
Interesting chart with lot of personality.
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From Cardboardfolder 04/24/2018 12:59
For some reason, this chart just makes me feel good. A lot of albums on here just bring back a lot of memories!
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From Ulf 04/24/2018 08:18
Very nice chart be sure to fix the comments jazz and moondance they seem to fit the wrong album
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From ForegroundNoise 04/24/2018 08:14
Too much emphasis on classic rock for a higher rating than 80 sorry. Not a single German album in a decade that was defining for the German music scene??
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From bobbyb5 08/20/2017 23:32
Isn't it weird how you never see Allman Brothers' Brothers and Sisters and Laid Back ever?
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From RoundTheBend 02/02/2017 03:58
36 in common.
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From Lgk21 02/01/2017 00:04
Cool chart. Before The Flood is a neat inclusion.
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From ObsoleteEntity 01/31/2017 23:21
Can't argue with any of these picks. Deja Vu is a wonderful pick as #1. Cars, in my opinion, don't get enough love, and plenty-o-Zep!
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Love it!
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From zrommeke 01/31/2017 17:50
Good chart, but a bit more variety would be welcome to me.
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Best Albums of the 1960s
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. Revolver by The Beatles
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
6. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
7. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
8. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
9. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
10. The Doors by The Doors
11. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
12. Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
14. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
15. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
16. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
17. Forever Changes by Love
18. Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
20. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
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