Top Ten Hard Rock Albums of the 1970s

The Top Ten

1 Highway to Hell - AC/DC (1979) Highway to Hell - AC/DC (1979) Product Image

Bon Scott's last stand (before his death a year later. ) He does a bloody well job, too.

2 Machine Head - Deep Purple (1972) Machine Head - Deep Purple (1972) Product Image

Where hard rock and metal truly started. This and In Rock were important albums.

A very good album with some of the early hard rock and metal songs on it. Deep Purple are called pioneers of hard rock and metal for a reason.

All songs was epic

I like AC/DC, but if I'm honest, Machine Head is way better than Highway to Hell.

3 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (1971) Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (1971) Product Image

Good as the other albums in this top 10 are, Led Zep I, II, I, IV & Physical Graffitti are all miles ahead in every way. None of the others have the consistently high quality, extraordinary variety, sheer power or talent of Led Zep.

4 Van Halen - Van Halen (1978) Van Halen - Van Halen (1978) Product Image
5 Paranoid - Black Sabbath (1970) Paranoid - Black Sabbath (1970) Product Image
6 A Night at the Opera - Queen (1975) A Night at the Opera - Queen (1975) Product Image
7 Toys In the Attic - Aerosmith (1975) Toys In the Attic - Aerosmith (1975) Product Image
8 Jazz - Queen (1978) Jazz - Queen (1978) Product Image
9 The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (1973) The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (1973) Product Image

Not even close to hard rock. Best Progressive rock album, not Hard Rock

This is an amazing album, but it's not hard rock.

This is not hard rock

Not a hard rock album. But great

10 Boston - Boston Boston - Boston Product Image

The Contenders

11 2112 - Rush (1976) 2112 - Rush (1976) Product Image

Should be #2, right after Led Zeppelin IV.

12 Rocks - Aerosmith (1976) Rocks - Aerosmith (1976) Product Image

I felt the need to vote on this because I think it's the heaviest Aerosmith album. I wish they did more stuff like this today.

13 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy (1976) Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy (1976) Product Image
14 News of the World - Queen News of the World - Queen Product Image
15 Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple (1970) Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple (1970) Product Image

It's very hard hard rock, actually rock-to-metal as there are several metal songs on it.

16 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC Let There Be Rock - AC/DC Product Image
17 Destroyer - Kiss (1976) Destroyer - Kiss (1976) Product Image
18 High Voltage - AC/DC (1975)
19 Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper Product Image
20 Overkill - Motorhead Overkill - Motorhead Product Image
21 Who's Next - The Who Who's Next - The Who Product Image

Ultimate hard rock album of the 70's

22 Demons and Wizards - Demons and Wizards Demons and Wizards - Demons and Wizards Product Image
23 Bad Company - Bad Company Bad Company - Bad Company Product Image
24 Kiss - Dressed to Kill (1975)
25 The Def Leppard E.P. - Def Leppard (1979) The Def Leppard E.P. - Def Leppard (1979) Product Image
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