Monday, May 9, 2011

The Top 100 Albums of the 1970s

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These are the top 100 albums of the 1970s according to Dave’s Music Database. Is there any doubt that the best albums of all time were dominated by ‘70s output? All 100 of these albums make the DMDB’s list of the top 1000 albums of all time (see here). 41 of them make the DMDB’s top 100 list (see here). This list was originally posted on the DMDB Facebook page.

1. Pink Floyd...Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
2. Led Zeppelin...Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
3. Fleetwood Mac...Rumours (1977)
4. David Bowie...The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
5. The Rolling Stones...Exile on Main Street (1972)
6. The Clash...London Calling (1979)
7. The Sex Pistols...Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
8. Bruce Springsteen...Born to Run (1975)
9. Marvin Gaye...What's Going On (1971)
10. Pink Floyd...The Wall (1979)

11. Eagles...Hotel California (1976)
12. The Who...Who’s Next (1971)
13. Bee Gees/various artists...Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
14. Simon & Garfunkel...Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
15. Bob Dylan...Blood on the Tracks (1975)
16. Carole King...Tapestry (1971)
17. Stevie Wonder...Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
18. Pink Floyd...Wish You Were Here (1975)
19. The Rolling Stones...Sticky Fingers (1971)
20. Elton John...Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

21. Led Zeppelin...Physical Graffiti (1975)
22. Neil Young...After the Gold Rush (1970)
23. Patti Smith...Horses (1975)
24. Joni Mitchell...Blue (1971)
25. Stevie Wonder...Innervisions (1973)
26. Television...Marquee Moon (1977)
27. Ramones...Ramones (1976)
28. Derek and the Dominos...Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
29. Neil Young...Harvest (1972)
30. Meat Loaf...Bat Out of Hell (1977)

31. Van Morrison...Moondance (1970)
32. David Bowie...Hunky Dory (1971)
33. Queen...A Night at the Opera (1975)
34. Black Sabbath...Paranoid (1970)
35. Van Halen...Van Halen (1978)
36. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young...Déjà Vu (1970)
37. Blondie...Parallel Lines (1978)
38. The Clash...The Clash (1977)
39. John Lennon...Plastic Ono Band (1970)
40. Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta/various artists…Grease (soundtrack, 1978)

41. The Allman Brothers Band...At Fillmore East (1971)
42. John Lennon...Imagine (1971)
43. Boston...Boston (1976)
44. Lou Reed...Transformer (1972)
45. Joy Division...Unknown Pleasures (1979)
46. Elvis Costello...This Year’s Model (1978)
47. Santana...Abraxas (1970)
48. Elvis Costello...My Aim Is True (1977)
49. Miles Davis...Bitches Brew (1970)
50. Bruce Springsteen...Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)

51. Michael Jackson...Off the Wall (1979)
52. Sly & the Family Stone...There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
53. Eagles...Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976)
54. Joni Mitchell...Court and Spark (1974)
55. Gram Parsons...Grievous Angel (1974)
56. Led Zeppelin...Houses of the Holy (1973)
57. Roxy Music...For Your Pleasure (1973)
58. Stevie Wonder...Talking Book (1972)
59. Aerosmith...Toys in the Attic (1975)
60. David Bowie...Low (1977)

61. Peter Frampton...Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
62. Supertramp...Breakfast in America (1979)
63. Jethro Tull...Aqualung (1971)
64. AC/DC...Highway to Hell (1979)
65. The Doors...L.A. Woman (1971)
66. Elton John...Greatest Hits (1974)
67. Janis Joplin...Pearl (1971)
68. Grateful Dead...American Beauty (1970)
69. Mike Oldfield...Tubular Bells (1973)
70. Deep Purple...Machine Head (1972)

71. The Stooges...Fun House (1970)
72. Paul McCartney & Wings...Band on the Run (1973)
73. George Harrison...All Things Must Pass (1970)
74. Curtis Mayfield...Superfly (1972)
75. The Stooges...Raw Power (1973)
76. The Rolling Stones...Some Girls (1978)
77. Neil Young...Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
78. Steely Dan...Aja (1977)
79. Billy Joel...The Stranger (1977)
80. Kraftwerk...Trans-Europa Express (1977)

81. Rod Stewart...Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
82. Bob Marley & the Wailers...Exodus (1977)
83. T-Rex...Electric Warrior (1971)
84. Genesis...The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
85. Bob Marley & the Wailers...Natty Dread (1974)
86. Bob Marley & the Wailers...Catch a Fire (1973)
87. The Who...Quadrophenia (1973)
88. Marvin Gaye...Let’s Get It On (1973)
89. Neil Young...Tonight’s the Night (1975)
90. James Taylor...Sweet Baby James (1970)

91. The Modern Lovers...The Modern Lovers (1976)
92. Creedence Clearwater Revival...Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
93. Yes...Fragile (1970)
94. David Bowie...Heroes (1977)
95. Led Zeppelin...Led Zeppelin III (1970)
96. The Beatles...Let It Be (1970)
97. Nick Drake...Bryter Layter (1970)
98. Lou Reed...Berlin (1973)
99. David Bowie...Station to Station (1976)
100. Public Image Ltd....Metal Box (aka “Second Edition”) (1979)


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