Top Ten Albums of the Seventies

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    By: Don H.
    • 10. Aja by Steely Dan
      Musician's musicians - writing very complex music, yet managing to stay on the radio waves for all of the 70's and then some. All their albums from this time period are great.
    • 9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
      Elton was all over the radio, and album put him over the top.
    • 8. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
      Just can't leave this album out. They just about owned the later 70's. Great album, easy listening.
    • 7. Fulfillingnesses First Finale by Stevie Wonder
      This is my favorite Stevie Wonder album, though I enjoy his old and new work. At the very least, add Talking Book, Innervision, Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter Than July.
    • 6. Boston by Boston
      Great songwritiing and performance, but the real standout here is the care taken in the studio. This is way over the top production and - it doesn't get much better, but it is what much of the 70's strived for.
    • 5. One Of A Kind by Bill Bruford
      Ok... can we get away from all the pop for a minute? Bill Bruford was the drummer for Yes, and on this solo outing he teams up with Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Berlin and Dave Stewart... incredible.
    • 4. Breakfast In America by Supertramp
      Four number one hits, but if you bought this album you know that every song is top notch. This is studio perfection, and great musicianship.
    • 3. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
      I said I could list all their albums, so got to include this one. That's it... just assume the rest are in here. Pick your favorite.
    • 2. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
      The greatest band ever. I could list all their albums, but I'll be nice.
    • 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
      Everybody loves this album. Well conceived.

    Donny Hathaway, Yes, UK, The Who, The Stones, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Todd Rundgren, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Rush. Music today is not nearly as good. These days, the best stuff is indie, and there you never get the high end production that you used to get in the 70's.
    By: robert buck
    • 10. Run To The Hills by Iron Madien
      you better run
    • 9. Parinoid by Black Sabbeth
      to the darkness we go
    • 8. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Chep by AC/DC
      be dirty i wont tell
    • 7. Swamp Music by Lynard Skynard
      to the south
    • 6. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
      set a fire
    • 5. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix
      find your inner hippie man
    • 4. My Generation by The Who
      make peace and party
    • 3. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zepplin
      best zepplin song ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • 2. Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth
      start headbanging
    • 1. Schools Out by Alice Copper
      feels like the last day of school

    these are the best bands ever
    By: jim
    • 10. Journey by In The Beginning
      This compilation album has the Journey's first three albums, when Greg Rolie was the lead singer.
    • 9. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      This album is way better and less appreciated than the overplayed Dark Side and The Wall.
    • 8. Second's Out by Genesis
      This live album is Genesis at it's finest, with great drumming by Phil Collins.
    • 7. ELP by Emerson Lake And Palmer
      I love their first album
    • 6. Close To The Edge by Yes
      This live double-album contains all their great early music.
    • 5. Live In Tokyo by Deep Purple
      This live album rocks.
    • 4. The Allman Brothers - Live At The Fillmore by The Allman Brothers
      Shining guitar work and drumming.
    • 3. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
      Made while in holiday in Snowdonia, this is the purest blues album by Led Zeppelin. Great songs include Gallow Poles, Since I've Been Loving You, Friends, and Tangerine. Much better than IV.
    • 2. Tommy by The Who
      Released in 1969 or 1970, this album is just plain fun.
    • 1. Who's Next by The Who
      Songs like Bargain, Won't Get Fooled Again, and The Song Is Over make this a great album - one of the best.

    By: Kim
    • 10. Soundtrack 'FM' by Various Artists
      Lots of good stuff.
    • 9. Don't Shoot Me I'm The Only Piano Player by Elton John
      This album got me through high school.
    • 8. Rumours / Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac
      They tied. I couldn't list one ahead of the other one.
    • 7. Against The Wind by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
      Bob Seger never had a bad song.
    • 6. Chronicle by Credense Clearwater Revival
      Most of the great CCR songs are here.
    • 5. No Secrets by Carly Simon
      Side one is fantastic, even though it's a "girl" album.
    • 4. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      Is Pink Floyd an album band or what?
    • 3. Gold And Platinum by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      A good tribute to them after the plane crash.
    • 2. Tres Hombres by ZZ Top
      Great album.
    • 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
      WOW! And have you ever listened to it and watched The Wizard of Oz at the same time?

    Honorable mention: "Tapestry" (Carole King) "Greatest Stories Live" (Harry Chapin) "The Wall" (Pink Floyd) "Band on the Run" (Paul McCartney) "Greatest Hits" (War)
    • 10. Reo Speedwagon by You Get What You Play For
    • 9. Genesis by Foxtrot
    • 8. Kiss by Alive
    • 7. Kansas by Leftoverture
    • 6. Angel by Angel
    • 5. Deep Purple by In Rock
    • 4. Captain Beyond by Sufficiently Breathless
    • 3. Be Bop Deluxe by Live In The Air Age
    • 2. Jeff Beck by Blow By Blow
    • 1. Captain Beyond by Captain Beyond

    By: KPL
    • 10. 2112 by Rush
      1976: Mercury Records Simply awesome. Neal Peart's lyrics layered on top of Lifeson's and Lee's music reached their zenith with this album. Yes, they had better selling albums in the early 80s, but the creativity displayed in the title track marks Rush at their finest.
    • 9. In The City by The Jam
      1977: Polygram/Mercury Mod became fashionable again. Short catchy sings defined the all too short career of this band
    • 8. The Clash by The Clash
      1977: Columbia Records (UK), 1979: Columbia Records (US) The Clash City Rockers took being a garageband to new heights with this recording. Edgier than London Calling, and far more palateable than the Sex Pistols.
    • 7. Summertime Dream by Gordon Lightfoot
      1976: Warner Brothers/Reprise Get past 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' and you realize that this is an awesome album
    • 6. Boston by Boston
      1976: Columbia/Epic records One listen to this album and you know why it is the biggest selling debut album of all time (although one has to wonder how Whitney Houston held that title for a few years in the late 80s and 90s - Thank You Boston fans for replacing your vinyl copies with CDs to reclaim the title!)
    • 5. Chicago III by Chicago
      1970: Columbia records The group released 3 double albums in less than two years, all certified platinum.
    • 4. Chicago (aka Chicago II) by Chicago
      1970: Columbia Records A great album. It was a toss-up as to whether Chicago III would be here or Chicago II....Chicago II won the coin toss
    • 3. Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac
      1972: Warner Brothers/Reprise An excellent album. Not the Blues line-up the band started out with, nor the Rumours line-up, but this Bob Welch line-up created a very good album. Sadly the last Fleetwood Mac album to feature Danny Kirwan
    • 2. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
      1971: Warner Brothers The album that made him big in the UK. I prefer his folky Tyrannosaurus Rex from the late 60s, but the simplicity of the songs just makes this album irresistable.
    • 1. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
      1979: Factory Records (outside of USA), Qwest Records (USA) Official debut of one of Britain's most influential bands

    Albums came into their respect in the 70s (hence the beginning of album oriented radio). Prior to the late 60s, albums were used by artists as a way to showcase their singles, the the 1970s, artists used albums to showcase their music (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc) where singles were not conducive. While the 60s and 80s were great for songs, the 70s were great for albums (and album art)
    By: Curtis
    • 10. Who Are You by The Who
      If I had my way, all of the Who's albums would be tied at number one.
    • 9. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
    • 8. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
      Can you see what my favorite band are?
    • 7. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
    • 6. Quadrophenia by The Who
      The Who is my favorite band.
    • 5. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    • 4. Led Zeppelin IV (ZOSO) by Led Zeppelin
    • 3. Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones
    • 2. Live At Leeds by The Who
      Best live concert by one of the greatest bands.
    • 1. Who's Next by The Who
      Love it, simply put.

    By: The Guitar Guy
    • 10. Still Alive And Well by Johnny Winter
      His best album.
    • 9. First Rays Of A New Rising Sun by Jimi Hendrix
      Makes you wonder where he could have gone.
    • 8. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek And The Dominoes
      A classic.
    • 7. I've Got My Own Album to Do by Ron Wood
      A great, and very overlooked album.
    • 6. A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Horse by The Faces
      Another classic, their only album to get decently popular in America.
    • 5. Burn by Deep Purple
      Great Album, shows how diverse the voices of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were, and gave Richie Blackmoore a better chance to show off.
    • 4. Long Player by The Faces
      One of the most overlooked albums by one of the most overlooked bands of all time. They're a personal favorite.
    • 3. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
      Very diverse and creative.
    • 2. Exile On Mainstreet by The Rolling Stones
      Their best album, had an overall feel that nothing can match.
    • 1. Live At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
      The best live album of all time, with the possible competition of how the west was won by Led Zeppelin

    The 70s are a tough decade to pick just 10, as they were the decade where albums were at their biggest. Too many great albums to narrow down to ten, so here are some honorable mentions. Beggars Banquet- The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers- The Rolling Stones Let it Bleed- The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin Prescence- Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti- Led Zeppelin Eat a Peach- The Allman Brothers Band Brothers and Sisters-The Allman Brothers Band Buddy Guy and Junior Wells play the Blues Machine Head- Deep Purple In Rock- Deep Purple Fireball- Deep Purple After the Gold Rush- Neil Young Harvest- Neil Young Who's Next- The Who Quadrophenia- The Who Who By Numbers- The Who Blow By Blow- Jeff Beck Get Your Wings- Aerosmith Aerosmith- Aerosmith Rocks- Aerosmith Highway to Hell- AC/DC High Voltage- AC/DC Close to the Edge- Yes The Yes Album- Yes Fragile- Yes The Royal Scam- Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill- Steely Dan Room 335- Larry Carlton Last Nite- Larry Carlton Fandango- ZZ Top Tres Hombres- ZZ Top Rio Grande Mud- ZZ Top Snakebite- Whitesnake Climbing!- Mountain Nantucket Sleighride- Mountain ....Many many many more.
    By: prairiegirl
    • 10. Fleetwood Mac by Rumors
      Favorite is "Don't Stop".
    • 9. Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
      Great memories of my high school class trip to University of Notre Dame.
    • 8. Close To You by The Carpenters
      All the best songs, "Close to You", "We've Only Just Begun"...
    • 7. Tapestry by Carole King
      All my favorite tunes including "You've Got a Friend".
    • 6. Tommy by The Who
      Best song: "I'm FREE".
    • 5. Fragile by Yes
      I just LOVE Roundabout and always will.
    • 4. If You Love Me Let Me Know by Olivia Newton John
      I love the title song and "I Honestly Love You".
    • 3. Madman Across The Water by Elton John
      Who can forget "Tiny Dancer"?
    • 2. America by America
      Cool, thoughtful tunes, including "Horse with no name".
    • 1. Chicago At Carnegie Hall by Chicago
      Has all the sock hop hits: "Beginnings", "Colour My World", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "25 or 6 to 4".

    Chicago defined so many times during the seventies and are clearly the best group.
    By: pugrime
    • 10. Boston by Boston
      Ok, I admit's pretty damn good.. Admit it!!
    • 9. Greatest Hits by Carole King
      Only love is real - everything else illusion. So true on every level..
    • 8. Permanent Waves by Rush
      Still curling my progressive music toes..
    • 7. Greatest Hits by Elton John
      The only regret - no Someone Saved my life tonight.
    • 6. Hemispheres by Rush
      So good the words just can't come out!
    • 5. Leftoverture by Kansas
      Pure musical perfection on every level...
    • 4. Grand Illusion by Styx
      Guilty pleasure - I admit it! Now stop laughing!
    • 3. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
      Made me want to shag Steevie Nicks rotten baby!
    • 2. The Wall by Pink Floyd
      Two albums of masterful arrangements, music, and effects.
    • 1. Hotel California by Eagles
      Simply perfect.

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