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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.

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Last Updated: 03-27-2014
Top Ten Rock Albums of Each Year 1970-1979
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
Paranoid album
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
What's Going On album
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
Exile On Main Street album
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
Dark Side Of The Moon album
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
Fulfillingness' First Finale album
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
Born To Run album
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
Songs In The Key Of Life album
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
Rumours album
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
This Year's Model album
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
London Calling album

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