Top Ten Albums of the Seventies

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    By: prashant
    • 10. Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton
    • 9. Van Halen by Van Halen
    • 8. Rocks by Aerosmith
    • 7. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
    • 6. Boston by Boston
    • 5. Hotel California by Eagles
    • 4. Dark Side Of THe Moon by Pink Floyd
    • 3. Led Zepplin IV by Led Zepplin
    • 2. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
    • 1. Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf

    By: Michael
    • 10. Small Change by Tom Waits
      Get drunk and maudlin and listen to this with the lights'll soon be smiling.
    • 9. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
      The grand-daddy of heavy rock albums.
    • 8. Replicas by Tubeway Army
      A great note to end the 70's on.
    • 7. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
      The best solo album by any of the Beatles.
    • 6. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols
      All of the good stuff that they did is on this album.
    • 5. Sticky Fingers by Rolling Stones
      The peak of Mick Taylor's Stone's career.
    • 4. Transformer by Lou Reed
      Drug abuse, sado-masochism, transvestites - this album has the lot!
    • 3. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
      Musically defining a turning point of the 70's.
    • 2. It's Alive by Ramones
      Probably the best live album ever - "Hey, we're the Ramones, and this one's called Rockaway Beach, 1-2-3-4..."
    • 1. The Raven by Stranglers
      A killer album!

    By: Tom Roedel
    • 10. Joshua Tree by U2
      Ireland's greatest band (not artist, that's Van Morrison)fulfilled their eight-year objective with a near concept album which tpped the charts for weeks.
    • 9. Michael Jackson by Thriller
      Still the best seller of all time, this rather unlikely set tried to cover all the bases, and connected with everyone from Elvis fans to Prince fans. Even its failures, such as "PYT" and "Lady in My Life," were fascinating in the context of some of Jackson's best music. "Billie Jean," "Wanna Be Startin Something" and "Human Nature" displayed a maturity and humanity which Jackson had never before, and would never again, match.
    • 8. Graceland by Paul Simon
      Paul Simon proved to be one of the Sixties strongest survivors when this album, his greatest achievement, was released in the largely lackluster mid-Eighties. His immersion in South African music did cause some controversy, but every note justified his interntions, not to mention bringing Ladysmith Black Mambazo to a world-wide audience. The songwriting sensibilities which produced "The Boxer" and "Hearts and Bones" found a new foundation in a flawless collection.
    • 7. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
      Before Nirvana, or even Jane's Addiction, Sonic Youth took soundscape noise to church with Daydream Nation. It is one of the ultimate statements of alienation and angst-filled purpose, marked by the aloof sexuality of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. As sonically sprawling as the Allman Brothers' At Fillmore East, it is also equally note-perfect.
    • 6. Murmur by REM
      The debut of the new south unfurled a pop sound which reconciled post-punk apathy with the best of springy Sixties hooks. Michael Stipe gave American rock a new voice.
    • 5. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
      George Clinton called them the "Bob Dylan of rap," and this album best proves his point. Chuck D and Flavor Flav lead the crew through what amounts to a political convention which mixes pride with terror and stands against not only stereotypical adveraries Reagan and Bush, but also the whole hypocritical white liberal delegation as well. Public Enemy shoved a young genre to its peak before it succumed to a less political, more personal focus.
    • 4. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
      The last of the Talking Heads' collaborations with Brian Eno, and the best of David Byrne's early explorations of polyrhythmic world music, Remain in Light is the band's most simgular statement of purpose. "Once in a Lifetime" was a high point of Byrne's studied analyses of every day irony, "Wind in My Heart" showed deeply compassionate frustration, and "The Overload" took the desolate soundscapes of Fear of Music to its logical apex.
    • 3. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
      The best album from England's best band in the Eighties. Morrissey's balance of emotive despiar and stinging wit were rarely so well displayed as here. The title track is a lyrical show-stopper, while the music matches anyone else's toughest rock. The real triumph, though, is "I Know It's Over," after which any critics complaining about Morrissey's dour passions would prove to be missing the point.
    • 2. Purple Rain by Prince
      Half a decade of revolutionized R&B culminated in this picture perfect soundtrack album. Very nearly the successor to Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix, Prince's guitar based sound appealled to all comers. What appealled to him was never in question, but for every licentious expression, it was spirituality which carried the day. The title track and "When Doves Cry" will still give you chills.
    • 1. Closer by Joy Division
      The grim industrial horizon of the late seventies/early eighties was never better captured than in this most emotionally bleak of albums. This collection redefined the heart and soul of rock and roll, but was too obtuse for most listeners. Closer needed no encore, and it didn't get one: singer/songwriter Ian Curtis took his life shortly after the album's release.

    By: Kevin T
    • 10. School's Out by Alice Cooper
    • 9. Pieces Of Eight by Styx
      Renegade & Blue Collar Man
    • 8. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
    • 7. Everyn Picture Tells A Story by Rod Stewart
      Back when Rod was a rocker.
    • 6. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
    • 5. One More From The Road by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Original ass kickin' southern rock
    • 4. Hotel California by The Eagles
    • 3. Live Bullet by Bob Seger
      Three words: Turn the Page
    • 2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
      Wore it out on eight-track, vinyl, & Cassette, Thank God for CD's. (It must be #1, we all have it)

    By: gabe
    • 10. Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
      A brilliant and refreshing departure from the Beatle era. "Working Class Hero" was a stroke of genius.
    • 9. African Herbsman by Bob Marley
      This is the real deal for Marley fanatics. The Marley/Lee Perry combination was for reggae, what Lennon/McCartney was for rock.
    • 8. Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
      Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane are right there too, but this has more of the stripped down feel that would influence bands for generations to come.
    • 7. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
      Marvin Gaye at his greatest...America's equivolent to Bob Marley.
    • 6. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
      The New Testament of funk.
    • 5. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
      Maybe not the most revered by Zeppelin freaks, but has a "White Album" feel to it because the tracks are so varied. "Hats off to Roy Harper" still sends shivers down my spine. Page at his best on the slide.
    • 4. Funhouse by The Stooges
      Because if it weren't for this album, the next 2 albums would not have existed.
    • 3. The Ramones by The Ramones
      Today this album is still as funny, fresh, catchy and new as it was when it first debuted. The antidote for corporate rock.
    • 2. Never Mind The Bollocks by Sex Pistols
      Never has one band achieved such legendary status from recording only one album. Punk bands today could base their whole career from any one of these songs. They managed to offend everyone that they were fed up with in 11 tracks. "Bodies", "Pretty Vacant", "EMI", "Holidays In The Sun" are even more relavent today. The 70's version of the Velvet Underground's "Banana" album.
    • 1. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
      The way rock should be defined. Dirty, smutty, kinky, funky...I could go on and on but what's the point. At this point the Stones could do no wrong. Everyone talks about the Beatles progression from "She Loves You" to Sgt. Pepper, but what gets lost is the Stones progression from "Satanic Majesties Request" to Sticky Fingers. And the Stones even had a member of the group die on them. Who needs drugs? Just listen to this album.

    Other greats include: Band of Gypsys, The Clash (first album) Talking Heads '77, Transformer, Raw Power, Back In The USA (MC5,) Any James Brown albums as well
    By: Lindsay
    • 10. Razors Edge by AC/DC
    • 9. Back In Black by AC/DC
      great band
    • 8. Four Wheel Drive by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    • 7. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
      It grand
    • 6. 16 Greatest Hits by Steppen Wolf
      They are all Great Hits
    • 5. Eliminator by ZZ Top
      Real Good
    • 4. Sloppy Seconds by Dr. Hook
      Its all good!!
    • 3. American Graffiti by Soundtrack
    • 2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      Its RAD, all of their albums are good, they are my favorite!!

    AC/DC and Pink Floyd are the best bands ever to come out dudes!!!
    By: moon the loon
    • 10. Quadrophenia by The Who
      One reason The Who should be thought of as a better band is that they are the only band to pull of a rock opera, and they did it twice.
    • 9. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
      You cannot argue with Springsteen's Bossness.
    • 8. Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder
      Stevie Wonder is just great.
    • 7. Hotel California by The Eagles
      The Eagles were at their best when Joe Walsh was in the group. He gave them a hard rock edge to go with their vocal abilities.
    • 6. Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones
      The Stones weren't old yet in 1972. You have to admit that this album is great. Keith Richards and Mick Taylor are great on guitar.
    • 5. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
      Motown's crowning achievement. Marvin Gaye has one of the greatest voices ever.
    • 4. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
      Every song is great. Shows off Zeppelin's amazing flexibility. "Stairway" and "Rock and Roll" are anthems. "The Battle of Evermore" is great.
    • 3. The Wall by Pink Floyd
      Very depressing, but still great. Not quite as good as Dark Side because of its over-the-topness. You can't argue its greatness, though.
    • 2. Who's Next by The Who
      The best studio album by one of the most underappreciated bands ever. The Who were the first great hard rock band.
    • 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
      No other album flows like Dark Side. It's basically one long song. Roger Waters is the greatest lyricist ever, albeit a little morbid.

    11. Physical Graffiti-Led Zeppelin 12. Sticky Fingers-The Rolling Stones 13. Wish You Were Here-Pink Floyd 14. Darkness on the Edge of Town-Bruce Springsteen / Best Live Album-Live at Leeds-The Who
    By: Benny
    • 10. II by Led Zeppelin
    • 9. Who's Next by The Who
    • 8. Slowhand by Eric Clapton
    • 7. Wheels Of Fire by Cream
    • 6. Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young
    • 5. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek And The Dominos
    • 4. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
    • 3. Morrison Hotel by The Doors
    • 2. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 1. IV by Led Zeppelin

    By: stephen rose
    • 10. My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
    • 9. Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton
    • 8. La Woman by The Doors
    • 7. IV by Led Zeppelin
    • 6. American Beauty by The Grateful Dead
      i htinkthis album os from the sevetnites. not positive,. great song wirting though
    • 5. The Wall by Pink Floyd
      over 20 numbing piritaully intesifying tracks.
    • 4. Whos Next by The Who
      its The who
    • 3. Exodus by Bob Marley
    • 2. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
    • 1. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin

    By: Eric
    • 10. A Night At The Opera by Queen
      From start to finish, this album is smashing.
    • 9. Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
      A great album... the only truly great album they made. The Top (in 1984) was also good, but it couldn't top this.
    • 8. Odds & Sods by The Who
      With such classic tracks as Glow Girl, Postcard, Long Live Rock and Naked Eye, how could this NOT be on my list? Okay... so most of the tracks were made in the late '60s, but weren't released until this album came out in 1974. The inclusion of We Close Tonight (a Quadrophenia holdout) on the '95 rerelease made it even better.
    • 7. Public Image - First Issue by Public Image Ltd.
      This album, full of songs Johnny was writing during the Sex Pistols' ill-fated US tour, is far superior to anything the Pistols ever did. It's the album that's keeping the Pistols off of this list.
    • 6. Morrison Hotel by The Doors
      Their first album in the '70s (and the second to last of their career) is far superior to LA Woman.
    • 5. Songs From The Wood by Jethro Tull
      Narrowly beats Passion Play as my fav Tull album. Unfortunately, much of their music went downhill from here.
    • 4. The Scream by Siouxsie And The Banshees
      Such a mature album for a debut release... or a band that couldn't play their instruments just two short years earlier!
    • 3. Let It Be by The Beatles
      So it was recorded in 1969... but it was RELEASED in 1970! Oh the technicalities!
    • 2. Another Music In A Different Kitchen by The Buzzcocks
      No other band in the '70s had a debut album that was this good.
    • 1. Quadrophenia by The Who
      Still relevant today with an insurrection of Mod culture.

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