100 Greatest Albums of 1970

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Paranoid
Black Sabbath
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
3. After The Gold Rush
Neil Young
4. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
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
11. Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
12. Abraxas
13. Curtis
Curtis Mayfield
14. Fun House
The Stooges
15. Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin
16. Deep Purple In Rock
Deep Purple
17. American Beauty
The Grateful Dead
18. Tea For The Tillerman
Cat Stevens
19. Sex Machine
James Brown
20. Woodstock
Various Artists
21. John Barleycorn Must Die
22. Workingman's Dead
The Grateful Dead
23. Tumbleweed Connection
Elton John
24. Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert
The Rolling Stones
25. Band of Gypsys
Jimi Hendrix
26. Let It Be
The Beatles
27. Sweet Baby James
James Taylor
28. Lola versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One
The Kinks
29. Bryter Layter
Nick Drake
30. Funkadelic
31. 12 Songs
Randy Newman
32. Morrison Hotel
The Doors
33. Loaded
The Velvet Underground
34. Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Joe Cocker
35. Ladies of the Canyon
Joni Mitchell
36. Spirit in the Dark
Aretha Franklin
37. Fire And Water
38. Third
The Soft Machine
39. Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
40. Idlewild South
The Allman Brothers Band
41. Starsailor
Tim Buckley
42. Sunflower
The Beach Boys
43. His Band and The Street Choir
Van Morrison
44. Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival
Otis Redding/The Jimi Hendrix Experience
45. Lick My Decals Off, Baby
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
46. Elton John
Elton John
47. Back In The USA
The MC5
48. Look-Ka Py Py
The Meters
49. The Madcap Laughs
Syd Barrett
50. In Person At The International Hotel, Las Vegas
Elvis Presley

51. Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills
52. Absolutely Live
The Doors
53. Yeti
Amon Düül II
54. Stage Fright
The Band
55. Psychedelic Shack
The Temptations
56. Shazam
The Move
57. James Gang Rides Again
The James Gang
58. H to He Who Am the Only One
Van der Graaf Generator
59. Climbing!
60. Everything Is Everything
Donny Hathaway
61. Monkey Man
The Maytals
62. ...To Be Continued
Isaac Hayes
63. I'm Just a Prisoner
Candi Staton
64. Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow
65. Chicago II
66. Closer To Home
Grand Funk
67. Diana Ross
Diana Ross
68. American Woman
The Guess Who
69. Yes We Can
Lee Dorsey
70. Burnt Weeny Sandwich
The Mothers of Invention
71. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
72. John Phillips (John the Wolfking of L.A.)
John Phillips
73. Gasoline Alley
Rod Stewart
74. Version Galore
75. Total Destruction to Your Mind
Swamp Dogg
76. The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie
77. The Delfonics
The Delfonics
78. Workin' Together
Ike & Tina Turner
79. ABC
The Jackson 5
80. Benefit
Jethro Tull
81. In the Wake of Poseidon
King Crimson
82. A Question of Balance
The Moody Blues
83. (Untitled)
The Byrds
84. Parachute
The Pretty Things
85. Emitt Rhodes
Emitt Rhodes
86. T. Rex
T. Rex
87. The Isaac Hayes Movement
Isaac Hayes
88. Burrito Deluxe
The Flying Burrito Bros
89. Turn Back the Hands of Time
Tyrone Davis
90. Signed, Sealed & Delivered
Stevie Wonder
91. Express Yourself
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
92. No Dice
93. Cold Fact
94. Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
95. Kool And the Gang
Kool And The Gang
96. Only For The Lonely
Mavis Staples
97. The Black Gladiator
Bo Diddley
98. Future Blues
Canned Heat
99. Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chairmen Of The Board
100. The Gene Chandler Situation
Gene Chandler
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1970
Bruce's choice - An unheralded great album from 1970
* Boppin' The Blues
Carl Perkins and NRBQ

Adam's choice:
* Ton-Ton Macoute!
Johnny Jenkins

Brett's choice:
* Doris Troy
Doris Troy

Lew's choice:
* Alone Together
Dave Mason
1969   |   1971