Top Ten Albums of the Seventies
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 70s?
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By: Paul Kearschner
- 10. On Your Feet Or On Your Knees by Blue Oyster Cult
Powerful live album that blasted through the 8-track in my 67 mustang and out of the jensen tri-axials in the rear deck.
- 9. Get Your Wings by Aerosmith
- 8. Illegal, Imoral, And Fattening by Flo & Eddie
Kinda obscure, but beautiful!
- 7. Street Survivors (?) by Lynrd Skynrd
The epitome of southern rock. Whiskey Bottles, Brand new cars, oak tree you're in my way!
- 6. Overnight Sensation by Frank Zappa (the master)
Truly amazing! Dina-Moe-Hum
- 5. Saints & Sinners by Johnny Winter
Theres a riot goin on
- 4. Medusa by Trapeze
What a great simple straight forward back to basics project.
- 3. III by Led Zeppelin
Arguably, at their most musical point. The various styles of music and the way they executed this one was amazing. Ma, ma, ma Im so happy, Im gona join a band. We gonna sing and dance and celebration, we're in the promised land!
- 2. Meddle by Pink Floyd
Another great one that was a preview of what was to come. Me and four of my best pals, listened to this over and over during an accidental ingestion of 4-way-hits of blotter. I still smile when I hear St Tropez.
- 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
There is no way anyone with an ear and half a brain couldn't be in awe of what, when, and how they pulled this off. Even my grandmother liked it!
Except for the Zappa and Pink Floyd, I could totally change my picks in 5 minutes, and say, "What was I thinking"
By: Ted Pech
- 10. Like Flies On Sherbert by Alex Chilton
Great singing by Alex and wonderfully produced.
- 9. Never Say Die! by Black Sabbath
Sabbath's best album!
- 8. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Soundtrack
Way better than the Beatles. Aerosmith's "Come Together" rocks harder than anything Lennon did.
- 7. Touch Me by Gary Glitter
Gary's best and the best of the "glitter glam" era.
- 6. Reborn by Orion
The best country album to ever come out. I don't know why he wasn't more famous than Elvis Presley.
- 5. The Original Disco Duck by Rick Dees
Classic and still hillarious!
- 4. Sir Army Suit by Klaatu
Listen with headphones!
- 3. Feel The Need by Lief Garrett
Every song is great!
- 2. Telly by Telly Savalas
Too bad we never got a third from "Kojak"
- 1. Victim Of Love by Elton John
8 minutes of "Johnnie B. Goode"..............Oh Yeah!
- 10. Highway To Hell by Acdc
- 9. Van Halen by Van Halen
- 8. Hotel California by The Eagles
- 7. Stardust by Willie Nelson
- 6. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
- 5. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
- 4. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
- 3. Led Zeppelin 4 by Led Zeppelin
- 2. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
- 1. The Wall by Pink Floyd
PINK FLOYD RULES
By: Brad Waugh
- 10. Bob Dylan by Desire
- 9. John Lennon by Plastic Ono Band
- 8. Lou Reed by Transformer
- 7. Sex Pistols by Never Mind The Bollocks
- 6. Ramones by Rockets To Russia
- 5. Ramones by Ramones
- 4. David Bowie by Hunky Dory
- 3. New York Dolls by Too Much, Too Soon
- 2. The Clash by Give 'Em Enough Rope
- 1. Devo by Are We Not Men?
I just wanted to read something that wasn't what you get spoon fed on the oldies radio stations these days.
By: Robert Hinson
- 10. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers by Tom Petty
This kind of rounds off my top "10" picks...This was such a fun album to listen to...obviously he learned alot from the Byrds, Stones, and Dylan...but he put his Southern Spin on it and being a Florida Boy it was right up my alley...Oh crap, guess who I forgot...My boys from Jacksonville, Florida...Lynyrd Skynyrd...Pronounced Leh-Nerd-Skin-Nerd...Sorry boys, You made us all proud...We love you!
- 9. Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix
What a wonderful album this is...never get old of stale. I must have listen to this a million times and hope to continue the count...Word can not express the magnitude of impact that this young man had on music...Why do the good die young?
- 8. Captain Beyond by Captain Beyond
This was certainly beyond...beyond anything I had ever seen, I had the pleasure of seeing this band play and it was mesmerizing...The best adventure in space that I have ever taken...A must with headsets!!!
- 7. Johnny Winter And /johnny Winter And Live by Johnny Winter
This album smokes...if you love guitar this is a must, oh did I pick another live album...whats up with me...? I think you can buy as a pair now...Johnny Winter and is Studio and Live is of course live...
- 6. Deuce by Rory Gallagher
Loved this album...along with a toss-up with Live in Europe, This guy was spectacular...greatly overlooked talent...You have to check it out!!! He will be greatly missed...
- 5. The Best Years Of Our Lives by Steve Harley And The Cockney Rebel
A ground breaking album for me as my musical taste is all over the place...but this really seemed fresh and adventurous...still love it today!
- 4. Untitled by The Byrds
Another album that reall blew me away...Live album never really captured my attention but how could you deny the foundation that this built, Tom Petty...etc...etc...
- 3. Bustin' Out by Pure Prarie League
When I first heard this album, it blew me away...Jazzman is great, along with Amie and Angel #9...Could stop listening to this and still find it fresh and entertaining today...
- 2. Deliverin by Pure Prarie League
Just a great fun filled live album...
- 1. Back In 72' by Bob Seger
Great album from start to finish...not available for very long as I think there was some kind of label dispute...record company bs...I just loved back in 72 and rosalie...
My only mention is that I now think the list is to small..."10" is just unfair...so many other bands should be considered...Keep up the good work as your efforts and contribution have not gone unnoticed...Keep on Rockin'
- 10. Saturday Night Fever by Bee Gees & Others
Wee, what can you say. It defined a generation and "How Deep Is Your Love," "Night Fever," and "Staying Alive" are probably three of the best pop songs of the entire 70s. If you weren't born in the 60s you could never appreciate this album at that time...You had to be there......
- 9. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
Great vocals, fantastic songs, well-engineered, a classic! Not a week track and Paul's finest performance after the Beatles split. "Jet" is a classic rock song.
- 8. Sticky Fingers by Rolling Stones
Heading in to the 70s it was hard to believe the Stones could rock as well as the did in the 60s. Sticky Fingers proves they had the style and power to rock - liste to that sax solo in "Brown Sugar" it rocks like no other song.
- 7. Fulfullingness' First Finale by Stevie Wonder
Stevie's follow-up to the 1974 Grammy winner "Innervisions". This 1975 Grammy winner ALSO for Album Of The Year contains the classic "Boogie On Reggae Woman", and the classic monster funk track "You Haven't Done Nothing" (which features the Jackson 5 doing the doo-doo-wops).
- 6. Venus & Mars Rock Show by Paul McCartney & Wings
Fantastic follow-up to Band On The Run - the vocal harmonies are fantastic. Contains the super cool track "Magneto & Titanium Man" plus one of the greatest pop vocal singles of the 70s, "Listen To What The Man Said"
- 5. Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac
The first release in 75 that included Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Great tracks by all members including Christine McVie's and Lundsey's tracks and also the haunting "Rhiannon" - a Stevie Nicks' classic.
- 4. Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs
Blue-eyed soul at its best - the smoothest, sexiest album of the 70s - pure class. And, Boz won best R&B song for the giant classic "Lowdown". Not a weak cut on the album.
- 3. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
The first os Stevie's 3 Grammy Awards for "Alnum Of The Year" in 1974 (followed by 1975 and 1976) - a feat that may never be matched. Includes one of the all-time brilliant recordings "Living For The City" and the super-funky "Higher Ground" covered by many including the Chili Peppers.
- 2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
A masterpiece and classic double album. Side one with "Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" is classic and the super-single "Bennie & The Jets" - not a bad song on all four sides.
- 1. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
The first album to have 4 Top 10 singles (let alone 4 singles [period). Almost released "The Chain" as a single and the inclusion of "Silver Springs" to the remastered CD makes it even better.
70s FANTASTIC singles from okay albums: "Brandy" - Looking Glass, "You're So Vain" Carly Simon, "Come & Get Your Love" - Redbone, "Rock Your Baby" - George McCrae and "I'm Not In Love" - 10cc
- 10. Marvin Gaye by What's Going On
Soothing and beautiful music, filled with soul.
- 9. The Wall by Pink Floyd
Somewhat frightening, but certainly deserving of respect. Epic.
- 8. Axis Bold As Love by Jimmy Hendrix
Wonderful, exotic guitar playing and imaginative lyrics.
- 7. The Who by Maximum R&B
Great collection of inventive songs.
- 6. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
This album crytalized the invention of metal from the first album. Period.
- 5. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
A beautiful and well orchestrated album with beautiful guitar playing from David Gilmour, who, like Jimmy Page, can almost move you to tears with his solos.
- 4. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
Combines for the first time folk and metal, creating an earthy musical pallet that created the concept of rock gods with the legendary "Immigrant Song".
- 3. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
An amazing collection of effervescent Beatles-influenced tunes and ballads like "Rain Song", "The Ocean", and the guitar symphony "the Song Remains the same".
- 2. Physical Graffitti by Led Zeppelin
Their most progressive and expansive album with an epic spread of songs from many genres.
- 1. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
The songs on this album are all legendary and Stairway to Heavan is the essence of the rock and roll philosophy--anger and musical beauty fused into one. This is the cornerstone of 1970s music and the greatest popular music album ever released.
Needless to say, Led Zeppelin is my favorite band, and my favorite popular music artists in general. One has to go into the realm of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner to find anyone who surpasses their genius in the art of music.
- 10. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
- 9. Hotel California by The Eagles
- 8. The Wall by Pink Floyd
the movie was cool to
- 7. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
After their first two incredibly heavy albums (for their time) for zeppelin to do an almost all acoustic album is nothing short of brave and it came out on top....props
- 6. Back In Black by AC/DC
Great album.....for AC/DC to come back with such a classic album after Bon died is what rock and roll is made of....props
- 5. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
stairway is one of zeppelins worst moments....to me, but many argue that it is the greatest rock songs of all time. plus you have black dog, rock and roll, and when the levee breaks- all classics
- 4. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
isn't my favorite band but this is the biggest album of all time
- 3. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
paronoid, iron man, war pigs- metal classics...though it reeks of led zeppelin just add some lighter songs and another singer. ex. the opening riff for paradoid is almost identical to the bridge riff for dazed and confused.
- 2. Led Zeppelin I by Led Zeppelin
probably the most influential album for anyone that likes zeppelin. first album to take the blues and turn it to metallic blues-ex. Dazed and Confused
- 1. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
whole lotta love, The lemon song, bring it on home, and the rest are on my favorite songs list
obviously i am a zep fan so dont tell me what i already know (you know who you are)
By: Kevin gallagher
- 10. New England by Wishbone Ash
Brilliantly atmospheric rock with feeling
- 9. Wind & Wuthering by Genesis
very Moody, very English Blood on the Rooftops will be still played in 500 years time!
- 8. Theres The Rub by Wishbone Ash
Knocks the Eagles into a cocked hat
- 7. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney//Wings
Brilliant pop/rock from the master of melody
- 6. Meddle by Pink Floyd
The Floyds real breakthrough album
- 5. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Beyond a classic
- 4. Space Ritual by Hawkwind
Great Album but no one can remember why
- 3. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
A musical theme park of olde England. Captures something that you knew was there once but now eludes definition
- 2. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
Its the floyd nuff said
- 1. Argus by Wishbone Ash
The best guitar album from the most under rated band the world has ever not known
- 10. Vol. 4 by Black Sabbath
One of Sabbath's best albums, and still one of the greatest Metal albums of all time. These screechy, loud bands that can't play guitar could learn a thing or two from Ozzy, Tony, and the boys.
- 9. Imagine by John Lennon
The iconic song on the iconic album. While the rest of the album is quite good, lets be honest here: John could have put "Imagine" on an album full of crap, and it'd still be on everyone's "Best of the 70s" lists.
- 8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack by The Rocky Horror Picture Show
It may sound a little odd, putting a soundtrack on here, but the fact is that its an amazing one. Possibly the best ever. This movie, which showcases cultural no-no's such as homosexuality, bisexuality, cannibalism, and incest would become THE cult movie. The soundtrack may be just as good as the movie itself!
- 7. Berlin by Lou Reed
Although not critically acclaimed when it came out, Berlin has enjoyed a large fanbase since then. If nothing else, hear it for "Caroline Says II" and "The Kids", which are sure to make your eyes at least water a little bit.
- 6. Who's Next? by The Who
How could this album NOT make the list? Might as well call it "The Who's Greatest Hits", because all of them save for a few are on this album.
- 5. Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull
Probably the most light-hearted of all concept albums, the story of little Gerald Bostock (Who wrote an inappropriate poem and was subsequently pulled from a writing competition) continues to entertain and thrill people just as much as it did in 1972. One of the most fun musical rides you could ever have.
- 4. Pearl by Janis Joplin
Greatest blues singer of all time, bar none. She puts so much soul and pain into her singing, its quite incredible that someone's even ABLE to convey emotion like her.
- 3. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
This record defines rock and roll. Unfortunately, The VU's last outing. Contains simply astounding songs. "Who Loves The Sun?", "Sweet Jane", "New Age", and "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" are the highlights of the HIGHLIGHTS.
- 2. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
Simply some of the most beautiful sounds ever etched into vinyl. Listening to this album is like taking a stroll in a forest of happiness. Its THAT good. No wonder their fans were so happy-go-lucky.
- 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
If I have to tell you why, there's really no use in you listening.
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