Top Ten Best Albums of 1979

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The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson - Off The Wall Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

In no way can this work of mediocrity be considered the best album of 1979. Sure, Michael Jackson was to accomplish great feats later in his career being that he became a cultural icon of pop superstardom in the 80's. Off The Wall was a great party dance album with pop sensibilities, but to put this album to top all albums at the tail end of an amazing and ground breaking decade for music is just poor judgement in my honest opinion.

Don't stop til you get enough is a lyrical and vocal genius of a package while. Working day and night is his most underrated track and shes out of my life is the most unique song in history.

Haha GOOD one guys. But seriously, putting Michael Jackson at number one might have some people think you're serious. I think the reason this has so many votes is so people can commen how this is a dumb thing for number one.

This album is just great, I love it especially rock with you, off the wall, girlfriend and rest

Loveya mike!

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2 Pink Floyd - The Wall Pink Floyd - The Wall

Yes, they made experimentals before like the one with Syd Barrett, a founding member of the band. But the then-frontman Roger Waters completely ignores all consequences of his risks in making a double album dramatizing his life and Syd's life. The lyrics touch on several serious issues like parental over-protection, failure in the education system and disillusion by fame. Operatic and twisted, "The Wall" is a beauty despite of the ugliness it gone through. Lyrically emotional confession has never been so appealing. - RonaldHo

How is this not at least in the top ten? People, it said BEST album. You can like Micheal Jackson, but to think he's better than Pink Floyd? Particularly The Wall?!? God have mercy on you.

Extremely moving story told through some spectacular music. It also features some of Pink Floyd's best loved songs such as "Hey You", "Comfortably Numb" and "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" Overall a spectacular large scale spectacle of an album that has way more meaning than any music people are making now.

If The Wall is #2, then #1 shouldn't exist. This is easily one of the greatest albums ever made. - ryanrimmel

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3 The Clash - London Calling The Clash - London Calling

It's obvious that this is the best album of 1979, but since no one on this website listens to the clash it's at number ten. This is far better than the other albums released during this year. Possibly the best album of the late seventies.

A masterpiece!
The Clash are one of the few groups that can have an awesome debut album, lauded by most critics and name-dropped by everyone from the music biz and yet produce a 3rd album that is even better. If you haven't heard working for the clampdown then you haven't had the joy of hearing a group in perfect motion!

The only album in history that can compete with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The finest punk album ever created! -

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4 Journey - Evolution Journey - Evolution
5 AC/DC - Highway to Hell AC/DC - Highway to Hell

people this was Bon Scott at his finest, although he never had the chance to out do himself RIP - Dickey96

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6 The Police - Reggatta de Blanc The Police - Reggatta de Blanc

This probably has the greatest B-side ever. Every single song. Walking On the Moon, On Any Other Day, Bed's Too Big Without You, Contact, Does Everyone Stare, and No Time This Time. All absolutely fantastic. And of course there's Message in a Bottle.

7 Queen - Live Killers Queen - Live Killers
8 ABBA - Voulez-Vous ABBA - Voulez-Vous

This is, for me, one of the finest pop albums ever released! I love everything from 70's era Rush to modern day bands like Fleet Foxes (folk) or Alter Bridge (awesome radio rock). But Voulez Vous will always have a special place in my heart. As Good As New, If It Wasn't For The Nights, the title track and Angeleyes are amongst the catchiest and most beautiful songs ever released by anybody! Oh, and a special mention to the cover. Quietly iconic and beautifully posed.

Another Album that was number 1 all over the world, with songs like Does Your Mother Know, Chiquitia, As Good As New, Voulez-Vous and Angeleyes. - MGBSG1

Chiquitita, As good as new, Angel eyes and Voulez-vous are awesome!

9 In Through the Outdoor - Led Zeppelin In Through the Outdoor - Led Zeppelin

Most underrated Zeppelin album. All Of My Love and In The Evening are both great songs. The rest of the album is also good.

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10 Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

This is the next review coming up... and since everyone's telling me how much darker Closer is than this, even though this put me in a state of depression (which is still going on, by the way); my mental health is not looking forward to Closer. - SwagFlicks

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The Contenders

11 Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts
12 The Who - The Kids Are Alright The Who - The Kids Are Alright
13 Rush - Permanent Waves Rush - Permanent Waves

at the peak of the band, a real clinic on how to do prog rock - diegokatabian

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14 Supertramp - Breakfast In America Supertramp - Breakfast In America
15 The Cars - Candy-O The Cars - Candy-O
16 David Bowie - Lodger David Bowie - Lodger
17 Highway to Hell - AC/DC Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Obviously their best work. It is also the last one with Bon Scott, so it is special. Every track is AWESOME! Long live Bon Scott

18 Motörhead - Overkill Motörhead - Overkill
19 Talking Heads - Fear of Music Talking Heads - Fear of Music
20 Pat Benatar - In the Heat of the Night Pat Benatar - In the Heat of the Night
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