Top 10 Greatest Albums of the 1970s

A decade full of wonder, what is the greatest album of the 70s?

The Top Ten

1 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

1,285 weeks on the charts. That's just under 25 years! The album spent 724 weeks on The Billboard 200, including 591 consecutive weeks from 1976 to 1988. Then in 1991, with the institution of the Pop Catalog chart, the album returned the chart where it has resided for the past 10 years almost entirely in the Top 10. Its closest rival is James Taylor's Greatest Hits, checking in at 573 weeks on the chart. James can expect to reach Pink Floyd's record number in about 13 1/2 years. Enough said? - QuarantineGames

This low? It's only the 3rd highest selling album ever, artistically beautiful. Philosophical and extremely innovative. Orchestrated so well, should be called "Beethoven 2"

WHAT? This is number 2 on the greatest albums ever list and not even number 2 here? Perfect album here!

It's not only the best of the 70's, but perhaps the greatest (full) album of all time. Get some fantastic headphones and it's over; everything about it.

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2 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

Truely amazing album

Great masterpiece/.

This is the best album of the 70s

Black Dog
When the levee breaks
Rock and Roll
Going to California
Oh yeah and a song they call "Stairway to Heavan"

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3 A Night at the Opera - Queen

Death on Two Legs - Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon- I'm in Love With My Car - You're My Best Friend - '39- Sweet Lady- Seaside Rendezvous- The Prophet's Song- Love of My Life- Good Company- Bohemian Rhapsody- God Save the Queen-

Can't beat that

it's just what you think of 70s-Albums-A Night At The Opera - Queen-aholic

The Greatest Album of All Time

4 ABC - The Jackson 5

Having this album makes you believe the unbelievable, 5 brothers pulling up a very light, meaningful album... I honestly don't wanna single out from anyone of them, everyone got some talent from jackie, tito, jermaine, marlon... however young Michael Jackson is undeniably a fascination, like never before... a little kid singing far beyond his age... that's the distinction between talented, gifted and innate genuine talent, what Michael Jackson has is innate and genius, like magic... It just send you smiling with amazement all the time, he's just too good.. and... so cute

Best of the best! Nothing to say

I remember this song! I love this song! 😍😍 - Fandomstuck

5 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
6 Little Queen - Heart
7 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

I honestly think this beats darkside it the terms of Floyd

8 Dog & Butterfly - Heart
9 The Wall - Pink Floyd

Definitely the Wall - nothing like it except the Final Cut. Also Bee Gees Trafalgar and Rodreguez Cold Fact

10 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

#17? Ha. Good one. - ThatDudeRoss

This is gold

The Newcomers

? Heroes - David Bowie

The Contenders

11 London Calling - The Clash

1. London Calling (The Clash)
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd)
3. Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
4. Quadrophenia (The Who)
5. Master Of Reality (Black Sabbath)
6. Blood On The Tracks (Bob Dylan)
7. In Rock (Deep Purple)
8. Never Mind The Bollocks (Sex Pistols)
9. Zuma (Neil Young)
10. Exile On Main Street (Rolling Stones)

Like most of the great rockers they burned themselves out. Yet, what a ride on that comet it was. Rock is a rock does in any country. And they did it. - mgenet

definitely the greatest thing the 70's had to offer.

12 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

epic bruh

13 Who's Next - The Who

Almost wanted to vote for this just so it would end up higher. Deserves #3, and I really wouldn't complain if it was #1. - ThatDudeRoss

On the rolling stone "500 Greatest Albums of all time" list this was ranked 28! The who at a height too high for Led Zeppelin to reach - matthewlong

Start to finish.. one of the greatest albums of All-Time

14 An Anthology - Duane Allman
15 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

This album needs to be on the list. It's got classics like Highway to Hell, Girls Gotta rhythm, Shot down in flames, Night Prowler, and If you want blood ( You've got it. ) It was there first album to become big in the U. S and it was there last album with lead vocalist Bon Scott before he died. Put it on the list!

16 2112 - Rush
17 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

Where's the love for this masterpiece. It is one the three best albums of all time. Led Zeppelin is not based on LZIV, They are based on this album and Kashmir.

Best album of all time

18 House Of The Holy - Led Zeppelin

It was going to be impossible to follow up Led Zeppelin 4, but they did it - matthewlong

19 Ben - Michael Jackson
20 Hotel California - Eagles

I'm in love with Don Henley's voice. And I am a sucker for the Eagles - Lizzthaashizz

21 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
22 Machine Head - Deep Purple
23 Blood On the Tracks - Bob Dylan

King

24 Songs In the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

Whattt? 23? Should at least be in the top 10. I wish, sir duke, as, isn't she lovely. Such a good album. MASTERPIECE

25 Hunky Dory - David Bowie
26 Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
27 News of the World - Queen
28 Animals - Pink Floyd

the one pink floyd album that is not drugy like heck and its the best. 5 songs, 41 minutes of some of the greatest rock music ever created. released 1977. not like anything ever recorded -

29 Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols

One of the greatest and inspiring album of all time. -

I am an Antichrist, I am an Anarchist!

Inspired Motorhead, Metallica, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses and countless others.

30 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
31 Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
32 Pink Moon - Nick Drake
33 Arrival - ABBA
34 Van Halen - Van Halen
35 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

38? This is a criminal act

36 Decade - Neil Young
37 Low - David Bowie

One of those rare albums that simply never sounds older than yesterday - and never sounds pretentious despite its obvious art rock credentials. Just great noise throughout.

38 Tres Hombres - ZZ Top
39 (Pronounced Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) - Lynyrd Skynyrd
40 Miss Gladys Knight - Gladys Knight

Gladys should be in top 3 - much better than The Jackson 5 or Heart! - Alexandr

41 Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
42 Toys In the Attic - Aerosmith
43 Marquee Moon - Television
44 Quadrophenia - The Who

A masterpiece - Garjen

45 Destroyer - Kiss

Destroyer is the greatest album ever by KISS! There are a lot of great songs like Sweet Pain, Flaming Youth, Beth almost the whole album! If you are starting to listen to KISS get the Destroyer album first.

46 Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick

One of the most underrated, yet greatest debuts in rock history. This album had everything--suicide, pedophilia, sadism, mass murder, prostitution and hell-raising all done in a satirical manner and with crunching riffs. Cheap Trick were way ahead of the punks and other bands with this blistering debut.

47 Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos
48 Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
49 Nightflight to Venus - Boney M
50 Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf

One of the best selling albums of all time it's a no brainer this is the best even with tough competiion

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