Top Ten Hard Rock Albums of the 1970s

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The Top Ten

1 Highway to Hell - AC/DC (1979)

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

2 Machine Head - Deep Purple (1972)

Where hard rock and metal truly started. This and In Rock were important albums. - Userguy44

I like AC/DC, but if I'm honest, Machine Head is way better than Highway to Hell. - Gg2000

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. - Metal_Treasure

All songs was epic

3 Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (1971)

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

Not even close to hard rock. Best Progressive rock album, not Hard Rock - mr_crossover27

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

This is not hard rock - christangrant

Not a hard rock album. But great

10 Boston - Boston

The Contenders

11 2112 - Rush (1976)

Should be #2, right after Led Zeppelin IV. - MaxPap

12 Rocks - Aerosmith (1976)

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. - Gg2000

13 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy (1976)
14 Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple (1970)

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

15 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
16 Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
17 Overkill - Motorhead
18 High Voltage - AC/DC (1975)
19 Who's Next - The Who

Ultimate hard rock album of the 70's - Garjen

20 Destroyer - Kiss (1976)
21 Demons and Wizards - Demons and Wizards
22 Bad Company - Bad Company
23 The Def Leppard E.P. - Def Leppard (1979)
24 The Doors - Morrison Hotel (1970)
25 Hair of the Dog - Nazareth
26 Larks' Tongues in Aspic - King Crimson
27 Montrose - Montrose

These guys were a bunch of really solid musicians. This album deserves more attention from the general public; it's great from start to finish. - Gg2000

28 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

1. It's 1969
2. It's Psychedelic/Blues Rock
3. Half of the Songs Are Rip-Offs

29 Fun House - The Stooges
30 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges

More punk rock than hard rock for me. - Metal_Treasure

31 Presence - Led Zeppelin
32 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
33 Lovedrive - Scorpions
34 Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent
35 Very 'eavy... Very 'umble - Uriah Heep
36 Kiss - Dressed to Kill (1975)
37 Rush - Rush
38 Van Halen II - Van Halen
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