Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s by Johnnyo

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Slap bang in the middle of a run of five classic albums many people would put Exile as the best of that run but for me it's too long and overblown. Fingers on the other hand is lean and mean. No fat here just great tracks performed brilliantly.

Stand out track is Can't You Hear Me Knocking. According to Wiki, "The entire track was captured in one take, with the jam being a happy accident; the band had assumed the tape machine had been stopped, and were surprised to find the entire session had been captured. Originally they were going to end the song before the jam started, but were so pleased with the jam that they decided to keep it in."
[First added to this chart: 12/31/2011]
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1971
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18,992
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A truely inspirational album. A seminal work by a great artist. I was never a great fan of Born To Run, way over produced. DOTEOT, has more guitar & all the better for that. Every track is sublime but my fav would have to be Factory or Racing In The Street. [First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1978
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8,067
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1971
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346
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1975
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50,387
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1970
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496
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1971
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1973
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1975
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23,433
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1976
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4,193
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[First added to this chart: 12/20/2011]
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1971
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 13 13%
1971 26 26%
1972 13 13%
1973 10 10%
1974 5 5%
1975 6 6%
1976 6 6%
1977 7 7%
1978 7 7%
1979 7 7%
Artist Albums %


AC/DC 4 4%
Bob Dylan 4 4%
Traffic 4 4%
Neil Young 3 3%
Black Sabbath 3 3%
The Rolling Stones 3 3%
Funkadelic 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 43 43%
United Kingdom 34 34%
Mixed Nationality 7 7%
Canada 6 6%
Australia 4 4%
Ireland 3 3%
France 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Live? Albums %
No 84 84%
Yes 16 16%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

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From 02/16/2024 14:01
A major revamp of my chart (especially towards the lower end) after couple of minor revamps in 2023. Hope that people still like it.
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From 09/08/2022 18:14
Thanks Charlie. Appreciate you leaving a comment.
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From 09/08/2022 17:24
top chart! some fantastic albums though I haven't heard them all
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From 09/06/2022 22:27
Hey Johnnyo ~ as always, a thoughtful chart. Good to see CSNY in there as a group and also solo (almost) ~ except, I see you had no room for Graham Nash's 'Songs For Beginners'? Totally agree with Sticky Fingers as the Stones best: and liked seeing John Martyn, Wishbone Ash & Thin Lizzy (Black Rose - sensational!). I would have rated Born To Run much much higher ~ but it did come out when I was 19 and it was like a revelation of the highest order ~ so it holds a special place for me.
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From 06/22/2019 07:34
Tamthebam you should definitely check out Can. I don’t like everything that they have ever done but they are always an interesting listen. Hope you find something that grabs you
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From 05/03/2019 09:10
23 albums in common not bad ! The 70's were a great period in music. Most of these albums still sound great today I must check out Can again I've always meant to and these days its so easy to listen to albums without purchasing them ! Great Chart .
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From 04/22/2018 13:55
You have awesome taste in 70s music.
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From 06/24/2016 03:12
Excellent chart! I love Darkness on the Edge of Town and On the Beach. Enjoyed comparing your selections to some of mine.
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From 11/21/2014 12:37
Personality! I like that description. Your very kind Decurso. The 70's was my favourite era so these are many of my favourite albums.
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From 11/01/2014 08:58
Different. Some of it is not really to my taste, but it shows a lot of personality.
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