Top Ten Albums of the Seventies
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 70s?
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By: mike mac neil
- 10. 2112 by Rush
some of the best guitar,drum and bass guitar playing you,ll ever hear come out of canada folks!!!!
- 9. Journey by Escape
This is journey at there very best! this ablbum rocks from start to finish !
- 8. Foghat Live by Foghat
a very good live album with kick your but tunes!!!!!!!!!
- 7. Close To The Edge by Yes
A progressive rock masterpiece,what more can i say?
- 6. I Robot by Alan Parsons Project
The first time i heard this album,i couldnt put it down.Its a good album with a rock to progressive edge.
- 5. Second Helping by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Southern fried rock the way its definetley supposed to be played,those boys from jacksonville show us how its done!
- 4. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
This entire album was good from start to finish and put supertramp over the top!
- 3. Little Queen by Heart
Ann wilson really belts it out on this album and nancy is at her best and score a #1 hit with barracuda!
- 2. Chuck Mangione by Feels So Good
The man with the hat scored big time on this one makin us all feel good!
- 1. Christopher Cross by Self Titled
This debut album won more grammys then any other debut album ever!
I loved growing up in the seventies and in my own words,there never was and never will be another era like it.WE lived and heard the best music that was ever made in those great years and i honestly dont think they can ever be repeated again!!.....mike mac neil
By: Peter Garn
- 10. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
I remember to the 70ies, we have been a couple of hippies and lived in Europe, so we loved this groupe and I remember too, every album was phantastic in the 70ies.
- 9. Horses by Patty Smith
Yes, I love this woman and with her typically voice. She became popular at the end of the 70ies, a little bit too late.
- 8. Europe Tour by Greatful Dead
This band is also on of the most creativ bands in this decade and in the 70ies they made the best albums. I like this album Europe Tour very much, I mean this groupe is really "greatful" live on stage.
- 7. Live In Japan by Deep Purple
In the early 70ies I started to listen rockmusic at the age of 14, I loved this groupe, mostly this album. Very great musicans !!
- 6. Live At The Tower Of Philadelphia by David Bowie
Dawid Bowie is one of the most creativ musicans, exspecially in the 70ies, and this album is phantastic.
- 5. Velvet Underground by Velvet Underground With Nico
I think this was also one of the best groups in the 70ies and this album is really very great.
- 4. Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young
Four excellent musicans made their best album.
- 3. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
At the end of the 70ies, this excellent group made their first album. I remember to sound of this excellent guitar very good, they found a new style of playing guitar, really very phantastic !
- 2. Hotel California by The Eagles
Very, very beautiful songs, I mean we loved this band for years.
- 1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
I mean this was the most creativ album of one of the greatiests groups of the 70ies. In my country, Austria, we enjoyed this album for a long time and it was very popular by all the young people in this decade.
I was a young man in the 70ies and I started to collect rock albums. The 70ies hade been a very creativ and phantastic time for rock groups. I remember to a lot of phantastic bands or musicans, for example: Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones (for 30 years), Santana, Indian Summer, Poco, Blue Cheer, Ten Years After, Jefferson Starship, Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter, Neil Young, Yes, Supertramp, Kraftwerk, Guru Guru, Nektar, Ash Ra Temple, Atlantis, Grobschnitt, Tangerin Dream, Colloseum, Fairport Convention and so on..................
By: Tobor, the Eigth Man
- 10. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
Ian Curtis is one of my all-time favorite vocalists and here he delves deep into all the emotional despair and isolation that's expected from a Joy Division album. This is no sunny picnic at the beach, but the atmosphere Unknown Pleasures produces is perfect for those darker days.
- 9. Irrlicht by Klaus Schulze
I'm not a huge fan of "space music" and it's not really rock at all but, nevertheless, Irrlicht by German keyboardist Klaus Schulze is a masterpiece. With only three tracks clocking in at 50 minutes or so, Klaus doesn't even use synthensizers (organs and oscillator static, or so I'm told. Listening to the first track is like having an out of body experience, sans drugs.
- 8. London Calling by The Clash
The best Clash album for me. They adeptly demonstrate a whole spectrum of musical styles, something unmatched in pop since the Beatles. Reggae, ska, punk, pop, music-hall, rockabilly, etc. etc. all find a home on this album.
- 7. Second Edition/Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
In my humble opinion, Johnny Rotten's...I mean John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band PiL easily exceeds his first band. While no virtuosos, the members of Public Image Ltd. were better musicians in terms of creativy than Steve Jones and Sid. Especially the bassist Jah Wobble. In fact, that's the whole reason this album's on my top 10. The bass lines on songs such as "Albatross", "Poptones" and pretty much every track, for that matter, are awesome. This dub-inflected album cannot be outdated.
- 6. Hosianna Mantra by Popol Vuh
This is just a beautiful album. I've never heard guitar work more fluid nor female vocals quite so spiritual. I don't know if you'd call this rock, exactly, more like proto-New Age. But still worth checking out.
- 5. Neu 75 by Neu!
I discovered this album when it was re-released by Astralwerks a few years back. I like this one better than their self-titled album simply because there's more actual songs on it. The first half ends with the ultra-relaxing Leb-Wohl, the perfect song to fall asleep to. The second half is more rock-oriented and oftens sounds like a warped tribute to the Rolling Stones.
- 4. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
Pere Ubu are the ultimate arty-sounding punk band. In fact, much of the album isn't really punk at all. I'm not sure what you'd call it. The best part of the Modern Dance, aside from the singer David Thomas' wobbly singing, are the synths. They don't really play any notes but rather emulate different sounds, ranging from factory whistles to wind to breaking glass. This may not sound exactly cool, but in the context of the songs, they're sublime.
- 3. IV by Faust
Another monosyllabic German band. Their debut is great, but this is a whee bit more accessible. It still doesn't throw out their warped humor, as is evident in songs such as "The Sad Skinhead", an oddball reggae number, and the mistitled Picnic on a Frozen River, which inexplicably shifts from merry sing-a-long to jazz-rock to a spritely guitar piece.
- 2. Ege Bamyasi by Can
The German progressive band Can's influence on later musical generations is immeasurable and it's a shame they're not recognized on a larger scale. But anyway, Ege Bamyasi is their best album in my opinion. It's more focused than the lengthier album that preceded it, Tago Mago. The best drummer of all time, Jaki Leibezeit, shines on all the songs and the other members follow his lead.
- 1. Another Green World by Brian Eno
Brian Eno's best 70s album by far (though Music For Airports, the album that created the ambient music genre, comes in at a close second)Though there are some great pop numbers, the majority of the album is devoted to excellent impressionistic instrumentals, whose titles often envoke the feeling of the piece, such as "In Dark Trees" and "Little Fishes".
If you have an open mind in regards to music, please check out German music from the early 70s, more commonly referred to as "Krautrock". It was far more progressive at the time than the English prog-rock scene (King Crimson notably excluded).
- 10. Personality Crisis by The New York Dolls
Rock? Sure. Punk? A little.... just great!
- 9. Nevermind The Bollocks by Sex Pistols
- 8. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
Walk This Way, Toys, Sweet Emotion, You see Me Cryin'........
- 7. For Your Love by Yardbirds
- 6. Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC
- 5. Aerosmith by Aerosmith
This one contains some rock 'n' roll classics such as 'Dream on' or 'Movin' out' which are real sacral songs.
- 4. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
I don't think this one needs presentations...
- 3. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
- 2. Desperado by Eagles
- 1. Rocks by Aerosmith
The best rock 'n' roll album EVER!!! It just kicks a**!
- 10. Little Queen by Heart
- 9. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- 8. The Cars by The Cars
- 7. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
- 6. Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac
- 5. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
- 4. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
The band's peak.
- 3. Who's Next by The Who
Their best LP.
- 2. IV by Led Zeppelin
- 1. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
Double LP with multiple hits and no weaknesses. Great variety too!
I have omitted Greatest Hits albums from my list. Honorable Mention to: Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy & III, Heart's Dreamboat Annie, Elton John's Honky Chateau & Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, The Door's L.A. Woman, and Pink Floyd's underrated Wish You Were Here. There were many great albums in the 1970s and a top 25 list would be more appropriate if one were recommending LPs that must be heard.
By: Alex Temple
- 10. Hopes And Fears (1978) by Art Bears
- 9. The Faust Tapes (1973) by Faust
- 8. Mental Notes (1975) by Split Enz
- 7. Rock Bottom (1974) by Robert Wyatt
- 6. Three Friends (1972) by Gentle Giant
- 5. Dub Housing (1978) by Pere Ubu
- 4. Gudrun (1977) by Pierrot Lunaire
- 3. Arbeit Macht Frei (1973) by Area
- 2. Drums And Wires (1979) by XTC
- 1. Unrest (1974) by Henry Cow
By: Lee Burnell
- 10. The Beatles by Let It Be
- 9. Bryter Later by Nick Drake
- 8. David Bowie by Hunky Dory
- 7. The Doors by LA Woman
- 6. Led Zepplin by Presence
- 5. Genesis by Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
- 4. David Bowie by Diamond Dogs
- 3. Pink Floyd by Wish You Were Here
- 2. Led Zepplin by Physical Graffiti
- 1. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
By: mike raymond
- 10. Shaved Fish by John Lennon
i know it's a greatest hits album, but it's hard to pick out my favorite lennon album.cold turkey and instant karma are some his best tunes.
- 9. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
not only one of the greatest albums ever made,but one of the most important as far as influencing progressive rock.guess who engineered this album ? alan parsons.
- 8. Tales Of Mystery And Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project
very imaginative musically.i love the orchestra's and choirs.it's also a tribute to the greatest poet who ever lived.edgar allen poe.
- 7. Animals by Pink Floyd
this has always been my favorite floyd album.a tad more aggressive than dark side of the moon and wish you were here.
- 6. Music For Airports by Brian Eno
the best ambient album ever made,period.eno created the whole ambient genre.
- 5. Before And After Science by Brian Eno
i've probably listened to this record more than any other eno album.a masterpiece.energy fools the magician is the greatest instrumental ever written.
- 4. Another Green World by Brian Eno
a perfect record.eno is probably the most brilliant and sadly the most underrated artist of our time.
- 3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
the best of the early bowie albums.rick wakeman is superb on keyboards.
- 2. Heroes by David Bowie
- 1. Low by David Bowie
bowie's most creative effort and probably the most influential artist to ever exist.
honorable mentions:iggy pop and the stooges,kraftwerk,lou reed,tangerine dream.
By: Alex L.
- 10. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
- 9. Why I Sing The Blues by B.B. King
The Thrill is gone...... Ain't Nobody Home
- 8. Harvest by Niel Young
- 7. Legalize it by Peter Tosh
for those of you who question this.... just listen to it. Amazing political motivations expressed directly and harshly. and i'm not talking about just drugs... there is a lot more to the album than that
- 6. Live At The Fillmore East by Allman Brothers Band
I have this on vinyl. two records, a 20 minute whipping post takes up one whole side...
- 5. Catch a Fire by Bob Marley
- 4. Moondance by Van Morrison
Storytelling second only Bob Dylan. Caravan is a great highlight.
- 3. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
His best album. He proves his writing is the best there is.
- 2. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Greatest band in history. All thier albums should be on this list, but I have to be fair
- 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
28 million copies sold. 'nuf said.
- 10. Street Survivors by Lynyrd Skynyrd
they like, died 3 days after this came out...and it sucks...but the album kicks ass
- 9. Van Halen by Van Halen
Van Hagar sucks
- 8. Back In '72 by Bob Seger
- 7. Eat A Peach by The Allman Brothers
can't go wrong with the fukkin allman brothers
- 6. Infinity by Journey
Journey rules dude
- 5. Point Of No Return by Kansas
dust in the wind..all i gotta say
- 4. Boston by Boston
- 3. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
i'd do stevie nicks
- 2. Hotel California by The Eagles
the eagles kick ass
- 1. Pronounced by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Skynyrd rules, Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin suck
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