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Best Albums of 1978

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1978 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 30,000 greatest album charts.

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1978 year summaryThe best artists of 1978 were Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Van Halen, The Cars, Kraftwerk, The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush, Pere Ubu and Big Star.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:557 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:13,565
Rank in 1970s45Overall Rank:177
Average Rating:  82/100 (758 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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2.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:474 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:8,922
Rank in 1970s73Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  81/100 (593 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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3.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:8,388
Rank in 1970s80Overall Rank:294
Average Rating:  79/100 (574 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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4.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:494 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:8,263
Rank in 1970s82Overall Rank:301
Average Rating:  81/100 (613 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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5.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:403 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:7,234
Rank in 1970s90Overall Rank:337
Average Rating:  80/100 (487 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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6.

The Man-MachineGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:5,659
Rank in 1970s104Overall Rank:422
Average Rating:  83/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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7.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:362 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:5,651
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:423
Average Rating:  80/100 (630 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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8.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:4,527
Rank in 1970s128Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  80/100 (298 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:4,297
Rank in 1970s133Overall Rank:534
Average Rating:  80/100 (346 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:4,170
Rank in 1970s136Overall Rank:550
Average Rating:  82/100 (445 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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Best Albums of 1978 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
R. Stevie Moore 5 1%
Sun Ra 4 0%
Culture 3 0%
Gregory Isaacs 3 0%
AC/DC 3 0%
999 3 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 340 40%
United Kingdom 197 23%
Jamaica 41 5%
Canada 34 4%
Germany 34 4%
France 31 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
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