100 Greatest Rock Albums Of The 1970s

Criteria: These 1970s Albums are ranked, giving equal consideration for their impact, influence, immediate & lasting popularity, and acclaim from critics & musicians. (This list does not include 'Greatest Hits' or 'Compilation' albums.)
Rock Albums 1970's
1. What's Going On
(1971) - Marvin Gaye
2. Dark Side Of The Moon
(1973) - Pink Floyd
3. London Calling
(1979) - The Clash
4. Born To Run
(1975) - Bruce Springsteen
5. Exile On Main Street
(1972) - Rolling Stones
6. Innervisions
(1973) - Stevie Wonder
7. Who's Next
(1971) - The Who
8. Led Zeppelin IV
(1971) - Led Zeppelin
9. Songs In The Key Of Life
(1976) - Stevie Wonder
10. Rumours
(1977) - Fleetwood Mac
11. Blue
(1971) - Joni Mitchell
12. Tapestry
(1971) - Carole King
13. Paranoid
(1970) - Black Sabbath
14. Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
(1972) - David Bowie
15. There's A Riot Goin' On
(1971) - Sly And The Family Stone
16. The Wall
(1979) - Pink Floyd
17. Blood On The Tracks
(1975) - Bob Dylan
18. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
(1977) - Sex Pistols
19. Hotel California
(1976) - The Eagles
20. Off the Wall
(1979) - Michael Jackson
21. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
(1977) - The Bee Gees
22. Bridge Over Troubled Water
(1970) - Simon & Garfunkel
23. After The Goldrush
(1970) - Neil Young
24. Ramones
(1976) - Ramones
25. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
(1973) - Elton John
26. The Clash
(1977) - The Clash
27. Plastic Ono Band
(1970) - John Lennon
28. Superfly
(1972) - Curtis Mayfield
29. Talking Book
(1972) - Stevie Wonder
30. This Year's Model
(1978) - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
31. Sticky Fingers
(1971) - Rolling Stones
32. Moondance
(1970) - Van Morrison
33. A Night At The Opera
(1975) - Queen
34. Van Halen
(1978) - Van Halen
35. Horses
(1975) - Patti Smith
36. Let It Be
(1970) - The Beatles
37. Harvest
(1972) - Neil Young
38. Machine Head
(1972) - Deep Purple
39. Live at Leeds
(1970) - The Who
40. My Aim Is True
(1977) - Elvis Costello
41. Black Sabbath
(1970) - Black Sabbath
42. Marquee Moon
(1977) - Television
43. DéjàVu
(1970) - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
44. Low
(1977) - David Bowie
45. All Things Must Pass
(1970) - George Harrison
46. Unknown Pleasures
(1979) - Joy Division
47. Live at the Fillmore East
(1971) - The Allman Brothers Band
48. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs
(1970) - Derek & The Dominos
49. Imagine
(1971) - John Lennon
50. Wish You Were Here
(1975) - Pink Floyd
51. Physical Graffiti
(1975) - Led Zeppelin
52. Abraxas
(1970) - Santana
53. Cosmo's Factory
(1970) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
54. Pearl
(1971) - Janis Joplin
55. Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy
(1975) - Elton John
56. American Beauty
(1970) - Grateful Dead
57. Fun House
(1970) - Iggy Pop & the Stooges
58. Hunky Dory
(1971) - David Bowie
59. Exodus
(1977) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
60. Court and Spark
(1974) - Joni Mitchell
61. In Rock
(1970) - Deep Purple
62. The Stranger
(1977) - Billy Joel
63. Quadrophenia
(1973) - The Who
64. Toys In The Attic
(1975) - Aerosmith
65. Fragile
(1971) – Yes
66. Pronounced Leh'-nerd Skin-'nerd
(1973) - Lynyrd Skynyrd
67. Aqualung
(1971) - Jethro Tull
68. One Nation Under The Groove
(1978) - Funkadelic
69. Let's Get It On
(1973) - Marvin Gaye
70. Aja
(1977) - Steely Dan
71. Boston
(1976) - Boston
72. Call Me
(1973) - Al Green
73. Mothership Connection
(1976) - Parliament
74. Frampton Comes Alive
(1976) - Peter Frampton
75. Fullingness First Finale
(1974) - Stevie Wonder
76. Catch A Fire
(1973) - Bob Marley & The Wailers
77. Honky Chateau
(1972) - Elton John
78. Heart Like A Wheel
(1974) - Linda Ronstadt
79. Rocks
(1976) - Aerosmith
80. Every Picture Tells A Story
(1971) - Rod Stewart
81. Sweet Baby James
(1970) - James Taylor
82. Bat Out Of Hell
(1977) - Meat Loaf
83. Bad Girls
(1979) - Donna Summer
84. Highway To Hell
(1979) - AC/DC
85. Parallel Lines
(1979) - Blondie
86. Trans-Europe Express
(1977) - Kraftwerk
87. Tea For The Tillerman
(1970) - Cat Stevens
88. Something/Anything
(1972) - Todd Rundgren
89. Band On The Run
(1973) - Paul McCartney & Wings
90. 3+3
(1973) - The Isley Brothers
91. Eat A Peach
(1972) - Allman Brothers Band
92. Dreamboat Annie
(1976) - Heart
93. The Cars
(1978) - The Cars
94. Electric Warrior
(1971) - T-Rex
95. Rocket To Russia
(1977) - Ramones
96. Alive!
(1975) - KISS
97. New York Dolls
(1973) - New York Dolls
98. Running On Empty
(1977) - Jackson Browne
99. Fleetwood Mac
(1975) - Fleetwood Mac
100. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
(1978) - Bruce Springsteen
101. Damn The Torpedoes
(1979) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
102. Rust Never Sleeps
(1979) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
103. Spinners
(1973) - The Spinners
104. Close To You
(1970) - The Carpenters
105. I'm Still In Love With You
(1972) - Al Green
106. Tumbleweed Connection
(1970) - Elton John
107. Workingman's Dead
(1970) - Grateful Dead
108. Maggot Brain
(1971) – Funkadelic
109. Close To The Edge
(1972) - Yes
110. The B-52's
(1979) - The B-52's
111. Fresh
(1973) - Sly and the Family Stone
112. Houses Of The Holy
(1973) - Led Zeppelin
113. Young, Gifted & Black
(1972) - Aretha Franklin
114. Burnin'
(1973) - Bob Marley and the Wailers
115. L.A. Woman
(1970) - The Doors
116. Sad Wings of Destiny
(1976) - Judas Priest
117. That's the Way of the World
(1975) - Earth, Wind, & Fire
118. Transformer
(1972) - Lou Reed
119. For Your Pleasure
(1973) - Roxy Music
120. Can't Get Enough
(1974) - Barry White
121. Curtis
(1970) - Curtis Mayfield
122. There Goes Rhymin' Simon
(1973) - Paul Simon
123. Nightbirds
(1974) - Labelle
124. Music of My Mind
(1972) - Stevie Wonder
125. Aladdin Sane
(1973) - David Bowie
126. Entertainment!
(1979) - Gang of Four
127. Outlandos D'Amour
(1978) - The Police
128. Talking Heads: 77
(1977) - Talking Heads
129. Pretzel Logic
(1974) - Steely Dan
130. The Basement Tapes
(1975) - Bob Dylan and the Band
131. Master Of Reality
(1971) - Black Sabbath
132. Some Girls
(1978) - Rolling Stones
133. Tubular Bells
(1973) - Mike Oldfield
134. Al Green Gets Next to You
(1971) - Al Green
135. Sheer Heart Attack
(1974) - Queen
136. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
(1973) - Bruce Springsteen
137. Led Zeppelin III
(1970) - Led Zeppelin
138. Desire
(1976) - Bob Dylan
139. Grievous Angel
(1974) - Gram Parsons
140. Night Moves
(1976) - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
141. 461 Ocean Boulevard
(1974) - Eric Clapton
142. Station to Station
(1976) – David Bowie
143. More Songs About Buildings and Food
(1978) - Talking Heads
144. Queen II
(1974) - Queen
145. 2112
(1976) - Rush
146. Bryter Layter
(1970) - Nick Drake
147. Sail Away
(1972) - Randy Newman
148. Look-Ka Py Py
(1970) - The Meters
149. Berlin
(1973) - Lou Reed
150. Tonight's the Night
(1975) - Neil Young
151. Another Green World
(1975) - Brian Eno
152. Roxy Music
(1972) - Roxy Music
153. Back Stabbers
(1972) - The O'Jays
154. Pink Moon
(1972) - Nick Drake
155. Reggatta de Blanc
(1979) - The Police
156. Autobahn
(1974) - Kraftwerk
157. Late for the Sky
(1974) - Jackson Browne
158. 52nd Street
(1978) - Billy Joel
159. Breakfast In America
(1979) - Supertramp
160. Animals
(1977) - Pink Floyd
161. Natty Dread
(1974) - Bob Marley & The Wailers
162. Selling England By The Pound
(1973) – Genesis
163. Raw Power
(1973) - Iggy And The Stooges
164. Fear of Music
(1979) - Talking Heads
165. Paul Simon
(1972) - Paul Simon
166. Slowhand
(1977) - Eric Clapton
167. Loaded
(1970) - The Velvet Underground
168. Country Life
(1974) - Roxy Music
169. The Pretender
(1976) - Jackson Browne
170. Modern Lovers
(1976) - Modern Lovers
171. Can't Buy a Thrill
(1972) - Steely Dan
172. Armed Forces
(1979) - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
173. Heroes
(1977) - David Bowie
174. Here, My Dear
(1978) - Marvin Gaye
175. Radio City
(1974) - Big Star
176. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
(1978) - Devo
177. Metal Box
(1979) - Public Image Ltd.
178. At Budokan
(1978) - Cheap Trick
179. Pink Flag
(1977) - Wire
180. Thick As A Brick
(1972) - Jethro Tull
181. Back In The USA
(1970) - MC5
182. #1 Record
(1972) - Big Star
183. Here Come the Warm Jets
(1973) - Brian Eno
184. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
(1974) - Richard and Linda Thompson
185. Tago Mago
(1971) - Can
186. Bad Company
(1974) - Bad Company
187. Suicide
(1977) - Suicide
188. Risque
(1979) - Chic
189. 12 Songs
(1970) - Randy Newman
190. Brothers And Sisters
(1973) - Allmans Brothers Band
191. In Color
(1977) - Cheap Trick
192. The World Is a Ghetto
(1972) - War
193. Band Of Gypsys
(1970) – Jimi Hendrix
194. The Long Run
(1979) – The Eagles
195. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
(1974) – Genesis
196. Mott
(1973) - Mott the Hoople
197. Chicago V
(1972) – Chicago
198. Billion Dollar Babies
(1973) – Alice Cooper
199. Fly Like An Eagle
(1976) - Steve Miller Band
200. Destroyer
(1976) – KISS

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Last Updated: 2017-04-23
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