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

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Déjà VuMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:513 charts
Rank in 1970:15Rank Score:9,973
Rank in 1970s68Overall Rank:264
Average Rating:  83/100 (630 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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The CarsUnited States The Cars
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1978Appears in:458 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:8,004
Rank in 1970s89Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  80/100 (528 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,125 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:32,099
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,401 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,230 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:169,901
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,054 votes)
Comments: 451 comments
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The Last WaltzCanada The Band
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1978Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1978:25Rank Score:1,813
Rank in 1970s276Overall Rank:1,249
Average Rating:  80/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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All Things Must PassUnited Kingdom George Harrison
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:760 charts
Rank in 1970:6Rank Score:17,263
Rank in 1970s37Overall Rank:146
Average Rating:  84/100 (884 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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HarvestCanada Neil Young
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:949 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:23,633
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:102
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,276 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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Cosmo's FactoryUnited States Creedence Clearwater Revival
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 chart: 12/23/2011)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:579 charts
Rank in 1970:14Rank Score:10,962
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:241
Average Rating:  84/100 (671 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex PistolsUnited Kingdom Sex Pistols
Produced by Chris Thomas and Bill Price. This music, and the people who litened to it, used to scare the bejesus out of me. I know now that it was because I didn't understand what punk was supposed to be. I now find this album magnificent in its brutality. While bands like The Clash sang about things from a global perspective, Johnny Rotten sang about what was bugging HIM. There was also the band being dismissed as not being able to play their instruments...but as you can hear on this brilliant album, they really COULD play.
(First added to chart: 10/18/2012)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,037 charts
Rank in 1977:5Rank Score:27,719
Rank in 1970s23Overall Rank:83
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,427 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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Eat A PeachUnited States The Allman Brothers Band
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 chart: 12/04/2011)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1972:17Rank Score:3,635
Rank in 1970s162Overall Rank:672
Average Rating:  81/100 (260 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 21 21%
1971 11 11%
1972 8 8%
1973 9 9%
1974 5 5%
1975 9 9%
1976 7 7%
1977 10 10%
1978 8 8%
1979 12 12%
Artist Albums %


Queen 5 5%
Led Zeppelin 5 5%
The Allman Brothers Band 4 4%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
Electric Light Orchestra 3 3%
Neil Young 3 3%
Eagles 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 49 49%
United States 39 39%
Canada 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 3 from 18th to 15th
Before The Flood
by Bob Dylan & The Band
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 15th to 16th
Out Of The Blue
by Electric Light Orchestra
fallers Down 1 from 16th to 17th
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
by Lynyrd Skynyrd
fallers Down 1 from 17th to 18th
Wish You Were Here
by Pink Floyd

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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 sidneyfranklyn 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 sethmadsen 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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