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100 Greatest Albums of 1976

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.
Top 100 Albums by Year: (in progress)
  1. Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
  2. Hotel California - The Eagles
  3. The Ramones - The Ramones
  4. Boston - Boston
  5. Car Wash - Rose Royce
  6. Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
  7. Spirit - Earth, Wind & Fire
  8. Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band
  9. I Want You - Marvin Gaye
10. The Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas
11. Night Moves - Bob Seger
12. Station To Station - David Bowie
13. Harvest For The World - The Isley Brothers
14. Dreamboat Annie - Heart
15. Blackheart Man - Bunny Wailer
16. Ain't That A Bitch - Johnny "Guitar" Watson
17. Legalize It - Peter Tosh
18. Rocks - Aerosmith
19. Rastaman Vibration - Bob Marley
20. The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein - Parliament
21. A Day At The Races - Queen
22. Destroyer - Kiss
23. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
24. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
25. Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
26. Desire - Bob Dylan
27. A Night On The Town - Rod Stewart
28. Contradiction - Ohio Players
29. The Runaways - The Runaways
30. 2112 - Rush
31. Takin' It To The Streets - The Doobie Brothers
32. Hardcore Jollies - Funkadelic
33. The Pretender - Jackson Browne
34. Full Of Fire - Al Green
35. Sad Wings Of Destiny - Judas Priest
36. Hot On The Tracks - The Commodores
37. Disco Inferno - The Trammps
38. Wired - Jeff Beck
39. The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
40. Silk Degrees - Boz Scaggs
41. Arrival - ABBA
42. Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon
43. Super Ape - The Upsetters
44. Blondie - Blondie
45. Presence - Led Zeppelin
46. Stretchin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band - Bootsy's Rubber Band
47. Rising - Rainbow
48. Sky High - Tavares
49. War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo & The Upsetters
50. Hejira - Joni Mitchell
51. Sparkle - Aretha Franklin
52. Turnstiles - Billy Joel
53. Agents Of Fortune - Blue Öyster Cult
54. Message In The Music - The O'Jays
55. 15 Big Ones - The Beach Boys
56. Black And Blue - The Rolling Stones
57. Live Bullet - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
58. Open Sesame - Kool & The Gang
59. Right Time - The Mighty Diamonds
60. Chicken Skin Music - Ry Cooder
61. Any Way You Like It - Thelma Houston
62. Wings At The Speed Of Sound - Wings
63. Satta Massagana - The Abyssinians
64. A New World Record - Electric Light Orchestra
65. Diana Ross - Diana Ross
66. Howlin' Wind - Graham Parker
67. Let The Music Play - Barry White
68. Bigger Than Both Of Us - Daryl Hall & John Oates
69. Zoot Allures - Frank Zappa
70. Radio Ethiopia - Patti Smith Group
71. The Royal Scam - Steely Dan
72. Take The Heat Off Me - Boney M.
73. Blue Moves - Elton John
74. Soul Searching - Average White Band
75. Children Of The World - The Bee Gees
76. One More From The Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd
77. Look Out For #1 - The Brothers Johnson
78. Part Three - KC & The Sunshine Band
79. Happiness Is Being With The Spinners - The Spinners
80. Wings Over America - Wings
81. Amigos - Santana
82. Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic - Funkadelic
83. Small Change - Tom Waits
84. A Trick Of The Tail - Genesis
85. Shake Some Action - The Flamin' Groovies
86. Blow Your Face Out - J. Geils Band
87. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
88. Crisus Time - I-Roy
89. Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
90. Total Explosion - Syl Johnson
91. I Don't Want To Go Home - Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
92. Night Food - The Heptones
93. The Manhattans - The Manhattans
94. Junco Partner - James Booker
95. Still Life - Van der Graff Generator
96. Teenage Depression - Eddie & The Hot Rods
97. Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading
98. Alice Cooper Goes To Hell - Alice Cooper
99. Too Hot To Stop - The Bar Kays
100. Year of the Cat - Al Stewart
1976 record album covers for Songs In The Key Of Life, Hotel California, The Ramones, and Boston







Songs In The Key Of Life Stevie Wonder album cover

Hotel California Eagles album cover

Ramones album cover

Boston album cover

Car Wash album cover

Frampton Comes Alive album cover

Spirit Earth, Wind and Fire album cover
 DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1976
  Lew's choice - An unheralded great album from 1976
 •  Whistling Down The Wire - Crosby & Nash
  Bruce's choice:
 •  Every Night's A Saturday Night - The Drifters
  Brian's choice:
 •  Heat Treatment - Graham Parker




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