The Great Albums of the 1970’s

This list is all of the great albums I have heard in rock, in the ten year span of 1970-1979.

No limit on number.



2009 edition – 118 entries

2013 edition – 181 entries

2016 edition – 256 entries





new! = new addition

up – moved up the list since last time

down – moved down the list since last time

italics – 5 star albums

regular font – 4 ½ star albums






1.The Modern Dance – Pere Ubu

2.Exile on Main Street – The Rolling Stones

3.Into the Music – Van Morrison

4.The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

5.Hissing of Summer Lawns – Joni Mitchell

6.154 – Wire

7.More Songs About Buildings and Food – Talking Heads

8.Quadrophenia – The Who

9.Red – King Crimson

10.Tonight’s the Night – Neil Young


11.Legalize it – Peter Tosh

12.IV – Faust

13.Starsailor – Tim Buckley

14.Sail Away – Randy Newman up

15.Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones

16.Not Available – The Residents

17.The Clash – The Clash

18.Another Green World – Brain Eno

19.Future Days – Can

20.Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin



21.Tanz der Lemminge – Amon Dull 2

22.Meet The Residents – The Residents

23.Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot down

24.Radio City – Big Star

25.Warren Zevon – s/t

26.Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

27.Blue – Joni Mitchell

28.Flying Shoes – Townes Van Zant new!

29.Chairs Missing – Wire

30.Moondance – Van Morrison



31.Maggot Brain – Funkadelic

32.Doremi Fasola Tido – Hawkwind down

33.Rocket to Russia – The Ramones

34.Lark’s Tounges in Aspic – King Crimson

35.Secret Treaties – Blue Oyster Cult

36.The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle – Bruce Springsteen

37.Rocks – Aerosmith

38.Who’s Next – The Who

39.Radio Ethiopia – Patti Smith

40.Call Me – Al Green



41.Late For the Sky – Jackson Browne

42.Zoso – Led Zeppelin

43.Barrett – Syd Barrett new!

44.Pink Moon – Nick Drake

45.London Calling – The Clash

46.The Rise of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie

47.Fear of Music – Talking Heads

48.Neu! – Neu!

49.America – John Fahey new!

50.X – Klaus Shultze new!



51.Yeti – Amon Dull II

52.Close to the Edge – Yes

53.Dub Housing – Pere Ubu

54.Y – Pop Group

55.Go – Stomu Yamashta new!

56.I Want to see the Bright Lights Tonight – Richard Thompson

57.Desert Shore – Nico

58.Faust – s/t

59.Heaven Tonight – Cheap Trick

60.Funkentelechy vs the Placebo Syndrome – Parliament



61.Music from the PCO – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

62.Taking Tiger Mountain – Brian Eno

63.Ege Bamyasi – Can

64.Slider – T. Rex new!

65.Fare Forward Voyagers – John Fahey

66.Tusk – Fleetwood Mack up

67.Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy – Elton John

68.Marquee Moon – Television

69.The Specials – The Specials

70.Shooting at the Moon – Kevin Ayers and the Whole World



71.Suicide – Suicide

72.Desire – Bob Dylan

73.The Ramones – The Ramones

74.Wavelength – Van Morrison

75.Drums and Wires – XTC

76.Equal Rights – Peter Tosh new!

77.Zuma – Neil Young down

78.666 – Aphrodite’s Child

79.Good Old Boys – Randy Newman new!

80.Rock Bottom – Robert Wyatt up



81.The Pretender – Jackson Browne new!

82.Slug Line – John Hiatt

83.Funhouse – The Stooges

84.Muswell Hillbillies – The Kinks

85.Music for 18 Musicians – Steve Reich new!

86.Second Annual Report – Throbbing Gristle

87.Half Machine Lip Moves – Chrome up

88.For your Pleasure – Roxy Music

89.Teaser and the Firecat – Cat Stevens new!

90.New York Dolls – New York Dolls



91.Neu ’75 – Neu new!

92.Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones

93.Oh La La – Faces new!

94.One Nation Under A Groove – Funkadelic new!

95.If I Could Only Remember My Name – David Crosby

96.Pour Down Like Silver – Richard Thompson

97.Highway to Hell – AC/DC up

98.The Undertones – The Undertones

99.Tago Mago – Can

100.White Music – XTC



101.Time Fades Away – Neil Young new!

102.Pink Flag – Wire

103.12 Songs – Randy Newman new!

104.For the Roses – Joni Mitchell down

105.Entertainment! – Gang of Four

106.Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

107.Arrival – ABBA new!

108.Cosmo’s Factory – Creedence Clearwater

109.B52’s – s/t

110.Hejira – Joni Mitchell



111.Hosianna Mantra – Popul Vuh

112.Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon

113.Fearless – Family new!

114.Electric Warrior – T. Rex

115.Weasles Ripped My Flesh – Frank Zappa new!

116.Q:Are we not Men? A:We are Devo! – Devo

117.Songs of Love and Hate – Leonard Cohen

118.Eternally Yours – Saints new!

119.New Picnic Time – Pere Ubu

120.2112 – Rush new!



121.I’m Still in Love With You – Al Green

122.Inflammible Material – Stiff Little Fingers

123.Fragile – Yes

124.Soon Over Babaluma – Can

125.Islands – King Crimson new!

126.Reggata de Blanc – The Police

127.Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

128.Shiny Beast – Captain Beefheart new!

129.Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

130.Too Much, Too Soon – The New York Dolls



141Give ’em Enough Rope – The Clash up

142.Fingerprince – Residents

143.If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot

144.LAMF – Heartbreakers new!

145.Further Adventures of – Bruce Cockburn new!

146.Let There be Rock – AC/DC

147Jesus of Cool – Nick Lowe up

148.Tyranny and Mutation – Blue Oyster Cult

149.Ram – Paul McCartney

150.Trans Europe Express – Kraftwerk up



151.Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen

152.Déjà vu – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

153.Some Girls – Rolling Stones up

154.Heroes – David Bowie

155.Roxy Music – s/t

156.Music To Eat – Hampton Grease Band new!

157.Mix Up – Cabaret Voltiare new!

158.Damn the Torpedoes – Tom Petty new!

159.The Kick Inside – Kate Bush new!

160.In the Falling Dark – Bruce Cockburn new!



161.Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young down

162.Talking Heads: 77 – Talking Heads

163.Mona Bone Jakon – Cat Stevens new!

164.Steppenwolf 7 – Steppenwolf

165.Roxy and Elsewhere – Frank Zappa new!

166.Sailin Shoes – Little Feat new!

167.Metal Machine Music – Lou Reed new!

168.Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

169.Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick

170.Honky Tonk Masquerade – Joe Ely new!



171.Ladies of the Canyon – Joni Mitchell down

172.Outlandous D’amour – The Police

173.Vendon Fleece – Van Morrison

174.For Everyman – Jackson Browne

175.Stranded – The Saints

176.Before and after Science – Brian Eno

177.Little Criminals – Randy Newman new!

178.This Year’s Model – Elvis Costello

179.Lorca – Tim Buckley

180.Madcap Laughs – Syd Barrett new!



181.Imagine – John Lennon up

182.Third/Sister Lovers – Big Star

183.Agents of Fortune – Blue Oyster Cult

184.Country Life – Roxy Music

185.Diamond Dogs – David Bowie

186.Parallel Lines – Blondie

187.Harvest – Neil Young

188.What If – Dixie Dregs new!

189.Machine Head – Deep Purple

190.St. Dominic’s Preview – Van Morrison



191.Rumors – Fleetwood Mac

192.Night at the Opera – Queen

193.Metal Box (Second Edition) – Public Image Limited new!

194.The Pavillion of Dreams – Harold Budd new!

195.Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin down

196.Mirror Man – Captain Beefheart new!

197.Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell

198.Red Hash – Gary Higgins

199.Eat a Peach – Allman Brothers new!

200.Equinox – Jean Michel Jarree new!



201.Burrito Deluxe – The Flying Burrito Bros.

202.Layla and other Assorted Love Songs – Derek and the Dominoes

203.Stranded – Roxy Music new!

204.Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround Part One – The Kinks

205.Ain’t Living Long Like This – Rodney Crowell

206.The Rutles – s/t new!

207.Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy new!

208.151.All Mod Cons – The Jam

209.The Man Machine – Kraftwerk new!

  1. Cords – Synergy new!



211.Fulham Fallout – The Lurkers new!

212.Blank Generation – Richard Hell

213.Powerage – AC/DC new!

214.Mott – Mott the Hopple

215.Lust for Life – Iggy Pop

216.Mothership Connection – Parliament

217.Labor of Lust – Nick Lowe

218.The Captain and Me – The Doobie Brothers

219.The Yes Album – Yes

220.Berlin – Lou Reed new!





221.Honky Chateau – Elton John

222.Sunfighter – Paul Kantner new!

223.Crossing the Red Sea – Adverts new!

224.Here Come the Warm Jets – Brian Eno up

225.Alien Soundtracks – Chrome

226.So Alone – Johnny Thunders new!

227.Pendulum – Creedence Clearwater Revival

228.Something/Anything – Todd Rundgren

229.Raw Power – The Stooges

230.Aqualung – Jethro Tull



231.Live at Fillmore East – The Allman Bros. new!

232.Horses – Patti Smith

233.Paranoid – Black Sabbath

234.U.K. – s/t new!

235.Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

236.Blue Valentine – Tom Waits new!

237.Leave Home – Ramones

238.Natty Dread – The Wailers

239.Tea for the Tillerman – Cat Stevens new!

240.Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – s/t new!



241.#1 Record – Big Star

242.In the Garden of the Pharos – Popul Vuh new!

243.Bryter Layter – Nick Drake

244.The Stranger – Billy Joel

245.A Nod is as Good as a Wink – The Faces new!

246.Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne

247.Dire Straights – s/t new!

248.Toys in the Attic – Aerosmith

249.Eskimo – The Residents

250.David Gilmour – s/t new!



251.Nantucket Sleighride – Mountain new!

252.Catch a Fire -The Waliers

253.Led Zeppelin 3 – Led Zeppelin down

254.Joan Armatrading – s/t new!

255.The Roches – s/t new!

256.Stained Glass – Judas Priest new!