Top 40 Music Albums of 1970 by Romanelli (2022)

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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: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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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: 04/12/2012]
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1970
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9,340
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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: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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Produced by Geoff Haslam, Shel Kagan & The Velvet Underground. A lot of people dismiss Loaded, but I think it deserves a place next to the rest of the Velvet's work. Even above it. I know...Cale is gone, as is Mo Tucker. It's a Lou Reed album, but it shows that the Velvets could have done great pop music if they had stuck around. Some of Reed's best songs..."Sweet Jane", "Rock & Roll", and the best Velvet's song ever in "Who Loves The Sun", the saddest piece of candy ever. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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Produced by Tom Dowd. Derek & The Dominos was one of the greatest bands ever assembled. Eric Clapton was at the top of his game (before he discovered JJ Cale and got all snoozy), and the addition of Duane Allman was genius. A powerful double album of mostly collaborations within the group and a handful of excellent covers. One of the greatest guitar albums of all time, and one of the best albums of the seventies. The crowning achievement of Clapton...and that's saying a lot. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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[First added to this chart: 05/25/2012]
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1970
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21,332
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Produced by Phil Spector. I wish this was a no holds barred, 5 disc box set with every scrap of fighting and song fragments recorded during these sessions. But I still love Let It Be. It's the sound of a band falling apart, and of Paul McCartney slowly alienating himself from his mates. And yet there is still enough in the tank for tracks like "I Me Mine", "Get Back", "I've Got A Feeling", and "Two Of Us". A curious and sad way to say goodbye to a once indestructible band. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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[First added to this chart: 04/13/2012]
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1970
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Produced by Neil Young, David Briggs & Kendall Pacios. Originally started as a soundtrack to a screenplay by Dean Stockwell that was never written, this album is a thing of beauty. Some of Neil's greatest melodies are here, plus the romping Southern Man make this his crowning achievement as an album. He never sang higher or sweeter than on the title track, and songs like Tell Me Why, Only Love Can Break Your Heart and I Believe In You are among his best work. A masterpiece through and through. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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Produced by Tom Dowd. Way too short at 30 minutes, the second album by The Allman Brothers Band is simply otherwise masterful. Containing only seven songs, they all rank among the best by this band. Dickey Betts contributes "Revival" and the beautiful "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed", Berry Oakley sings one ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), and the guitar mastery of Duane Allman can be heard everywhere. Another 15 minutes of music would have been nice, but when it comes to the classic lineup of this band, it's hard to complain. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2012]
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1970
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Top 40 Music Albums of 1970 composition

Artist Albums %


Grateful Dead 2 5%
Black Sabbath 2 5%
Elton John 2 5%
Van Morrison 2 5%
Neil Young 1 3%
The Who 1 3%
Miles Davis 1 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 19 48%
United States 16 40%
Mixed Nationality 3 8%
Germany 1 3%
Canada 1 3%
Compilation? Albums %
No 39 98%
Yes 1 3%
Live? Albums %
No 38 95%
Yes 2 5%

Top 40 Music Albums of 1970 chart changes

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Faller Down 1 from 33rd to 34th
Black Sabbath
by Black Sabbath
Faller Down 1 from 34th to 35th
Bitches Brew
by Miles Davis

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