Top Ten Albums of the Seventies
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 70s?
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- 10. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek And The Dominos
From 1970, may still be the best.
- 9. Live At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
From 1971. They set the standard for live performances.
- 8. The Concert For Bangla Desh by George Harrison And Friends
In 1972 an absolutely astounding compilation of artist came together for a noble cause before it was hip. Nice pictorial too.
- 7. Tres Hombres by ZZ Top
They exploded on to the scene in 1973. Have Mercy!
- 6. Bad Co. by Bad Company
1974 brought this instant classic.
- 5. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
In 1975 we all found out who the "Boss" was.
- 4. Hotel California by The Eagles
1976 gaves us this masterpiece.
- 3. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
1977 saw this band follow-up what everyone thought was a great album with one that made us say "What was that last record called?"
- 2. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
In 1978 the guitar was finger picken good!
- 1. The Long Run by The Eagles
They're not my favorites either. Really. I just thought this was the best in 1979.
I thought I'd give you my pick for each year of the 70's
- 10. Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy
Gotta love the twin guitars!
- 9. Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
Ah, the Dan. Very intelligent guys and their most easy to listen record. Although all of their albums are great.
- 8. Equinox by Styx
Their last album with John Curluewski (however you spell it). Suite Madame Blue is my favorite Styx song.
- 7. The Captain And Me by The Doobie Brothers
An excellent, well produced album. Not one bad cut on the album.
- 6. Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult
One of the most underrated bands and Buck Dharma is a genius guitar player. Flaming Telepaths is a kick ass song.
- 5. Abandoned Luncheonette by Hall And Oates
A very good hard to find gem. Every song is great.
- 4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
It's such a cult record, how can you not love it.
- 3. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
Great album for a great band! Pre-sell out days!
- 2. Queen II by Queen
My first Queen album and it holds special memories. A genius record.
- 1. A Night At The Opera by Queen
My favorite album of all time! It's just.....no words can describe it. Put simply, awesome!
Everything after #2, is in no order.
- 10. Living In The Past by Jethro Tull
- 9. Led Zeppelin I by Led Zeppelin
- 8. Physical Graffeti by Led Zeppelin
- 7. Hotel California by Eagles
- 6. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
- 5. Songs From The Woods by Jethro Tull
- 4. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
- 3. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
- 2. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
- 1. Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull
Is the best album of all time. The voice and lyrics of Ian Anderson are awesome. The flute,drum and guitar solos and are even greater. Any music lover would rate it is as one of the best. This album if fit for the Gods.
I do not understand why is Rolling Stones so highly rated.
By: Tom Kolde
- 10. The Captain & Me by The Doobie Brothers
One of my favorite Doobie recordings.
- 9. Moontan by Golden Earring
Another great listening album from the 70's. Another headphone album. Kind of reminds you of something Pink Floyd would have did but heavier in metal sounding.
- 8. Sweet Freedom by Uriah Heep
Lots of cool songs on this album. "Circus" is my favorite.
- 7. REO II by REO Speedwagon
One of my favorite REO albums along with just plain "REO" from 1976.
- 6. Equinox by Styx
This album really set them free into the FM airwaves and from this album forward, never looked back.
- 5. Leftoverature by Kansas
Very cool album to listen to on headphones. One of my all time favorites.
- 4. Straight Shooter by Bad Company
Everyone had this one....
- 3. Zoso (IV) by Led Zeppelin
- 2. Machine Head by Deep Purple
- 1. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
Will be around for a long time. Timeless Classic. A must for headphones.
Can't forget Gary Wright's Dreamweaver, Elton John's "Goodbye Yellowbrick Road", Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell", Bachman Turner's "Not Fragile". But on the lighter side of great 70's albums, Bread's "Baby I'm a Want You", Todd Rundgren's "Hermit of Mink Hollow", Seals & Croft "Summer Breeze", Fleetwood Mac "Rumours",Steely Dan's "Royal Scam" and Three Dog Night "Golden Bisquits" can't be left out either. Again....I could go on & on...I left out many a great album because of time & space limitations.
- 10. History, America's Greatest Hits by America
Also equally as deserving of making it into this list should be The Eagles' "One Of These Nights" and "Hotel California" albums.
- 9. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack by Bee Gees
The Albums "Main Course" and "Children Of The World" also belong in this list equally with the "Fever" soundtrack as the falsettos were prevelant and the music was strong.
- 8. Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder
Brilliantly conceived and well ahead of it's contemporaries this gem is timeless in every way.
- 7. Something To Love by LTD
Jeffrey Osborne's vocals were right on point every time he turned around.
- 6. Machine Gun by The Commodores
These guys dominated the charts and hearts of fans and never let up.
- 5. Cut The Cake by Average White Band
Every party that you went to in the mid to late 70s had a copy of this album. "Cut The Cake" and "Pick Up The Pieces" got the dancing started every time.
- 4. Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs
Very very cool. Showed that Jazz, Funk and Soul could live together really well.
- 3. Off The Wall by Michael Jackson
Brilliant, cool, the best album ever by MJ!
- 2. Experience by Gloria Gaynor
Cassanova Brown". What an inspirational motivational track running directly into "Do it Yourself" without skipping a beat
- 1. In Full Bloom by Rose Royce
Awesome long versions of "Do Your Dance" & "It Makes You Feel Like Dancin' "
I hope you like the music
- 10. Relayer by Yes
One of my least favourite of the early Yes albums, but it's great all the same.
- 9. Fish Out Of Water by Chris Squire
A great solo album... onderful use of an orchestra.
- 8. Olias Of Sunhillow by Jon Anderson
Another great album for listening to in whole.
- 7. The Yes Album by Yes
I've seen all good people... great song.
- 6. Going For The One by Yes
A great album.... all I can say
- 5. The Pleasure Princaple by Gary Numan
A great album... not as good as some of his work in the early 80's, but still deserving of a high place on my favourite albums.
- 4. Close To The Edge by Yes
Can't you tell that I'm a yes fan? Well, it contains what I consider their best two songs (And You and I and Siberian Khatru).
- 3. Fragile by Yes
Another great album by Yes.... it has some really odd songs on it (5% for nothing... ring any bells?), but it's great.
- 2. Brain Salad Surgery by ELP
A great album, Karn Evil 9 is an amazing ending to the album.
- 1. Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes
There's something about this album that I find amazing... many people hate it, many people love it.... It has to be listened to in whole to truly appreciate it, even though I wouldn't consider any of the songs off of it as my favourite songs.
Yeah, I'm a prog lover.
By: Gordon Vallance
- 10. Pryamid by Alan Parsons Project
Best of all
- 9. Land Of The Grey And Pink by Caravan
- 8. Phantasmagoria by Curved Air
- 7. Canus Lupus by Daryl Way's Wolf
Great violin solo on Mcdonalds Lament
- 6. Killer Queen by Queen
Still rocks today
- 5. Close To The Edge by Yes
Best of Yes
- 4. Man by Man
Best of the Welsh Bands
- 3. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
Everyone from this era will have this in thier collection
- 2. Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis
Best from Genesis
- 1. For Girls That Grow Plump in The Night by Caravan
The best of Caravan
My favourites from this era, some are unusual but are classic
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