Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s by leniad (2022)

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Zeppelin, Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Genesis, Bowie, etc

Some of the best music artists since the first Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony

It was difficult to create this list and its always changing , so , just enjoy and share your thoughts withe me

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As perfect and cohesive as an album should be
I always think of dark side as a 43 minute song. but don't get me wrong with that
Its Awesome how all the songs work with such synchronicity talking about very powerful topics like Death, Madness, Time in human life, etc.
The Level of production is so high, you will think this record was recorded in 2021 (yeah its 2020)
Perfect Album that will start the first out of 3 Perfect Albums

Progressive Rock, Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Best Song: Time / Brain Damage / Us And Them
[First added to this chart: 08/02/2019]
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1973
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95.625

Best Hard Rock Album Ever
I mean come on, every song here is a 90-100 except for "four sticks"
I was at my 2 year in College when i arrive at my apartment and my roomie was listening to "Misty Mountain Hop" at madison square garden and for that moment Led Zeppelin blew my mind and change my musical experience because i wanted to know more and more and discover new genres, bands and artists
Member by member Led Zeppelin is the best band ever and this is their best work

Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Folk

Best Song: When The Levee Breaks / The Battle Of Evermore / Rock & Roll
[First added to this chart: 08/02/2019]
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1971
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95.454

The Absolute Best Concept Album of All Time

A Bisexual Alien with no Gender comes to Earth to become a Rock Star When the planet only has 5 years of Life, and that's only the first 2 Songs !!!!
I Don't want to spoil you with the rest of the story so get your headphones and start listening, for those who knows this one you know what im talking :)
A perfect Record with some of the best songs of in my opinion the Best Solo Recording artist (Tied With Miles Davis i think)
You have to play the record, close your eyes and picture the 38:29 minutes of Creativeness Bowie have with this one because the recorded this and Hunky Dory in just 1 Year!!!

Thank you For all Space Man

Glam Rock, Proto-Punk

Ziggy Stardust / Five Years / Moonage Daydream
[First added to this chart: 08/02/2019]
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1972
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95

Isn't it a pity Ian Died and left only 2 albums?

Please if you have never heard this, wait until night put your headphones on and listen to what Ian Curtis and his band wanted to say
this album is a experience, I never get enough of the ambient this one creates, travels me to a dark and unfaithful planet, the lyrics about desolation and human alienation are great and Ian vocal performance is terrific
Some "kids" carrying by themselves a new sub-genre and a new wave from music to come

Post-Punk

Disorder / Shadowplay / New Dawn Fades
[First added to this chart: 08/02/2019]
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1979
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95

For a While this was my Favorite Floyd and Progressive Album

I was in college when i start listening to Floyd, first Dark Side and the next one was this Masterpiece and this album absorb me, i remember i went out in the middle of the night just driving around the city at 2 AM listening to the entire Album just or fun with like 19-20 years

The 5 songs here are 9s and 10s at worst, its like a trip really (Like Most Floyd Albums) with songs that really have a social commentary reflecting a more maturity and criticism in Water's lyrics, for always its impossible to not put this album in a best progressive album list and in this case in a Best Ever Albums list.

Progressive Rock / Space Rock / Art Rock

Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-IX / Welcome to the Machine
[First added to this chart: 08/02/2019]
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1975
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95

Marvin Talking to us about the Vietnam war , hatred, ecological issues in a concept album

This Album music is like flying and the lyrics some of the better for protesting out there, this one was the first record Marvin Produced and has aged beautiful and in my opinion the best Motown Album in existence
We have to take in count Marvin was passing into a failed marriage with Anna Gordy, his partner Tammi Terrell and with a cocaine addiction ending with a failed attempt of suicide with a shotgun
This Album too is an experience and everybody should hear it

Progressive Soul / Psychedelic Soul / Symphonic Pop / R&B

Mercy Mercy Me / Inner City Blues / What's Happening Brother
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95

Progressive Rock

Best Song: Dogs
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1977
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Art Rock / Ambient / Experimental / Avant-Pop / Electronic

Best Songs: Warszawa / Sound And Vision / Subterraneans
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1977
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Progressive Soul, Funk, Jazz, Soul Rock

Best Song: Living For The City / Higher Ground / All In Love Is Fair
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Progressive Rock

Best Songs: Dancing With The Moonlit Knight / Firth Of Fifth / I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 13 13%
1971 16 16%
1972 13 13%
1973 12 12%
1974 8 8%
1975 11 11%
1976 8 8%
1977 8 8%
1978 5 5%
1979 6 6%
Artist Albums %


Pink Floyd 5 5%
Led Zeppelin 4 4%
David Bowie 4 4%
Miles Davis 3 3%
Black Sabbath 3 3%
Stevie Wonder 3 3%
Invisible 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 47 47%
United States 27 27%
Argentina 9 9%
Germany 5 5%
Canada 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Mexico 2 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

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From 02/26/2022 03:43
This guy must be a fan of Jorge Luis Borges given the number of Argentine artists that are on this chart. Solid list.
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From 09/05/2021 19:46
Great to see so much Stevie Wonder love on your seventies chart! I remember listening to Stevie a lot as a kid, and he's remained in regular rotation in my record collection ever since. Great chart!
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From 03/08/2021 12:45
...close to perfection...
I love the chart.
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From 11/11/2020 20:54
Great selections. A few of them are new to me, so I put them on my watchlist.
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From 11/04/2020 01:41
hello again dude
I listened to the Jose Jose album Lo Pasado, Pasado.
Although I read he is popular round the world I hadn't heard of him.
It is a really good album. He has a good voice. I liked the title track best, and his Billy Joel cover.
And I read Frank Sinatra was a fan and a friend of his. Talented guy.
so thank you, it's good to discover new artists.
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From 11/04/2020 00:18
47 albums in common
awesome list man
many, many Yes-es from me.
good work

I think the 70s was the best decade for albums.
the 50's were dynamic and the 60s were revolutionary but the 70s was such a fertile time for music.
It's my favourite decade.
If I could just put Beatles, psychedelic Floyd, Sam Cooke and Etta James' 60s albums into the 70s decade it would be the ultimate!
great chart Dude.
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From 11/02/2020 21:50
Definitely your best list.
On top of that, 40 albums in common.
I guess it's not difficult for the 70s. Everyone pretty much agrees on that era of music.
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From 06/14/2020 09:09
35 in common with my 70's chart!
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From 03/21/2020 13:55
Nice Chart!
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From 01/27/2020 17:12
Nice chart, with a fair bit of variety. I will be checking out Jose Jose and may be back to update the rating.
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