Top Ten Rock Albums
of Each Year - 1970-1979

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 1970

1. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
3. After The Gold Rush - Neil Young
4. Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon
5. Moondance - Van Morrison
6. Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
7. Live at Leeds - The Who
8. Déjà Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
9. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
10. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek & The Dominos
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1971

1. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
2. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
3. Who's Next - The Who
4. Blue - Joni Mitchell
5. There's A Riot Goin' On - Sly And The Family Stone
6. Tapestry - Carole King
7. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones
8. L.A. Woman - The Doors
9. Live at the Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band
10. Imagine - John Lennon
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1972

1. Exile On Main Street - Rolling Stones
2. Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
3. Talking Book - Stevie Wonder
4. Machine Head - Deep Purple
5. Harvest - Neil Young
6. Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
7. Something/Anything - Todd Rundgren
8. Eat A Peach - Allman Brothers Band
9. I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green
10. Honky Chateau - Elton John
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1973

1. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
2. Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
4. Quadrophenia - The Who
5. Pronounced Leh'-nerd Skin-'nerd - Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
7. Call Me - Al Green
8. Catch A Fire - Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
10. New York Dolls - New York Dolls
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1974

1. Fulfillingness' First Finale - Stevie Wonder
2. Heart Like A Wheel - Linda Ronstadt
3. Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell
4. Natty Dread - Bob Marley & The Wailers
5. Sheer Heart Attack - Queen
6. Can't Get Enough - Barry White
7. Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
8. Nightbirds - Labelle
9. 461 Ocean Boulevard - Eric Clapton
10. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Genesis
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1975

1. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
2. Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan
3. A Night At The Opera - Queen
4. Horses - Patti Smith
5. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
6. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
7. Toys In The Attic - Aerosmith
8. Alive! - KISS
9. Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
10. The Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan and the Band
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1976

1. Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
2. Hotel California - The Eagles
3. Ramones - Ramones
4. Boston - Boston
5. Mothership Connection - Parliament
6. Rocks - Aerosmith
7. Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
8. Dreamboat Annie - Heart
9. Station to Station - David Bowie
10. Night Moves - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1977

1. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
2. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
3. The Clash - The Clash
4. My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello
5. Marquee Moon - Television
6. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack - The Bee Gees (and others)
7. Low - David Bowie
8. Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
9. Exodus - Bob Marley & the Wailers
10. The Stranger - Billy Joel
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1978

1. This Year's Model - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
2. Van Halen - Van Halen
3. One Nation Under A Groove - Funkadelic
4. Parallel Lines - Blondie
5. The Cars - The Cars
6. Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen
7. Outlandos D'Amour - The Police
8. Some Girls - Rolling Stones
9. More Songs About Buildings and Food - Talking Heads
10. 52nd Street - Billy Joel
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1979

1. London Calling - The Clash
2. The Wall - Pink Floyd
3. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
4. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
5. The Pretenders - The Pretenders
6. Highway To Hell - AC/DC
7. Damn The Torpedoes - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
8. Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. The B-52's - The B-52's
10. Reggatta de Blanc - The Police

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Last Updated: 2015-08-30
Newly added names are in Red