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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.)

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Last Updated: 2017-04-23

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  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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What's Going On album cover
Dark Side Of The Moon album cover
London Calling album cover
Born To Run album cover
Exile On Main Street album cover
Innervisions album cover
Led Zeppelin IV album cover
Who's Next album cover
Songs In The Key Of Life album cover







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