Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Albums Released in 1976

The Top Ten

1 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest Product Image

Listen to Victim of Changes.

2 Rising - Rainbow Rising - Rainbow Product Image

Stargazer-greatest vocal performance ever

This band gets forgotten about too often because Blackmore drove it into the ground after Dio left, but before then, in the 70's, they were amazing. This is their best album for sure and certainly the best of the year it came out. Filled with songs like Tarot Woman, Stargazer, and A Light in the Black that influenced many metal bands to come. You should be able to hear what influenced Iron Maiden and Judas Priest in this album!

This album is just epic at all levels - epic songs, epic vocals (Dio) and instrumental performances (Ritchie Blackmore, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain, Tony Carey). Songs like Stargazer and A Light In the Black are classics. - Metal_Treasure

The greatest album of all time

3 Rocks - Aerosmith Rocks - Aerosmith Product Image

Why is Rush at Nr. 1? They aren't hard rock or heavy metal, and this is a list for that.
Rocks is a very consistent hard rock record and doesn't have 1 bad song on it. It's awesome.

4 2112 - Rush 2112 - Rush Product Image

Told a story better than some books.

... but this album is neither hard rock nor metal ... - Metal_Treasure

5 A Day at the Races - Queen A Day at the Races - Queen Product Image
6 Destroyer - KISS Destroyer - KISS Product Image

Come on, you can't beat Shout It Out Loud, Detroit Rock City, Beth, God Of Thunder, etc.

7 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC Product Image

Once upon a time AC/DC did a song called "Big Balls", and I belive that AC/DC has the biggest balls of all. the album that this song was on was Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) so AC/DC has Dirty, Cheap, Balls

Mindblowing album of 70's

THIS WAS 77!

8 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy Product Image
9 Presence - Led Zeppelin Presence - Led Zeppelin Product Image

Achilles Last Stand is as powerful a Zeppelin track as you can get. Pure driving metal.

Woefully underrated Zeppelin gem.

10 T.N.T. - AC/DC T.N.T. - AC/DC Product Image

I'm pretty sure that AC/DC doesn't have an album that named T.N.T.. - Feirceraven

This was released in 1975 - ACDC-

Ac/DC can not be matched.

Best of the best

The Contenders

11 Agents of Fortune - Blue Oyster Cult Agents of Fortune - Blue Oyster Cult Product Image
12 Technical Ecstasy - Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy - Black Sabbath Product Image

Not that bad it has dirty women and rock n roll doctor I like it

13 Alice Cooper Goes to Hell - Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Goes to Hell - Alice Cooper Product Image
14 Boston - Boston Boston - Boston Product Image
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