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70s 101: 101 Essential Albums


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Same rules, 101 albums from 101 artists. Must not appear in 80s or 90s lists. (Might have made some different choices in 80s had I thought about that earlier). No best ofs or live albums. New rule: Must be influential on the 80s hard rock genres (as not all included albums in this list could be considered hard rock).

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1.       1994 – 1994 (1978)

2.       The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers and Sisters (1973)

3.       Angel – White Hot (1978)

4.       The Angels – Face to Face (1978)

5.       Argent – In Deep (1973)

6.       The Babys – Head First (1978)

7.       Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Four Wheel Drive (1975)

8.       Bad Company – Straight Shooter (1975)

9.       Barnstorm – The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973)

10.   The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)

11.   Black Oak Arkansas – High on the Hog (1973)

12.   Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)

13.   Blackfoot – Strikes (1979)

14.   Blue Cheer – The Original Human Being (1970)

15.   Blue Oyster Cult – Secret Treaties (1974)

16.   Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

17.   Bob Seger – Night Moves (1976)

18.   Boston – Boston (1976)

19.   Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975)

20.   Budgie – Never Turn Your Back on a Friend (1973)

21.   Cheap Trick – Heaven Tonight (1978)

22.   The Clash – London Calling (1979)

23.   Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)

24.   David Bowie – Diamond Dogs (1974)

25.   Deep Purple – Machine Head (1972)

26.   The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

27.   Eagles – Hotel California (1976)

28.   The Edgar Winter Group – They Only Come Out at Night (1972)

29.   Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue (1977)

30.   Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

31.   Faces – A Nod is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse (1971)

32.   Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)

33.   Foghat – Fool for the City (1975)

34.   Free – Fire and Water (1970)

35.   Funkadelic – Standing on the Verge of Getting It On (1974)

36.   Gary Glitter – Glitter (1973)

37.   Generation X - Generation X (1977)

38.   Golden Earring – Moontan (1973)

39.   Grand Funk Railroad – We’re an American Band (1973)

40.   The Guess Who – American Woman (1970)

41.   Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time (1975)

42.   Humble Pie – Smokin’ (1972)

43.   James Gang – James Gang Rides Again (1970)

44.   Janis Joplin – Pearl (1971)

45.   Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)

46.   Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers (1975)

47.   Judas Priest – Killing Machine (1978)

48.   Kansas – Leftoverture (1976)

49.   The Kinks – Lola vs. Powerman & the Moneygoround, Pt. 1 (1970)

50.   The Knack – Get the Knack (1979)

51.   Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

52.   Legs Diamond – Legs Diamond (1977)

53.   Little Feat – Dixie Chicken (1973)

54.   Little River Band – Diamantina Cocktail (1977)

55.   Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973)

56.   Magnum – Kingdom of Madness (1978)

57.   Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)

58.   The Marshall Tucker Band – The Marshall Tucker Band (1973)

59.   Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell (1977)

60.   Molly Hatchet – Flirtin’ With Disaster (1978)

61.   Montrose – Montrose (1973)

62.   Motorhead – Overkill (1979)

63.   Mott the Hoople – Mott the Hoople (1972)

64.   Mountain – Over the Top (1974)

65.   Nazareth – Hair of the Dog (1975)

66.   Neil Young – Everybody Knows this is Nowhere (1970)

67.   New York Dolls – New York Dolls (1973)

68.   The O’Jays – Ship Ahoy (1973)

69.   Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)

70.   Queen – Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

71.   Rainbow – Rainbow Rising (1976)

72.   Raspberries – Fresh (1972)

73.   Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs (1974)

74.   Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)

75.   The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972)

76.   Rose Tattoo – Rose Tattoo (1978)

77.   Roxy Music – Roxy Music (1972)

78.   The Runaways – Waitin’ for the Night (1977)

79.   Santana – Abraxas (1970)

80.   Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)

81.   Slade – Slayed? (1972)

82.   Starz – Starz (1976)

83.   Status Quo – Quid Pro Quo (1979)

84.   Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle (1976)

85.   The Stooges – Raw Power (1973)

86.   Styx – Pieces of Eight (1977)

87.   Suzie Quatro – Devil Gate Drive (1973)

88.   Sweet – Give Us a Wink (1976)

89.   T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971)

90.   Talking Heads – Talking Heads 77 (1977)

91.   Teaze – One Night Stands (1979)

92.   Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever (1977)

93.   Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (1976)

94.   Three Dog Night – It Ain’t Easy (1970)

95.   Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (1979)

96.   UFO – Lights Out (1977)

97.   Uriah Heep – Demons & Wizards (1972)

98.    The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

99.   Wings – Band on the Run (1973)

100.  Wishbone Ash – Argus (1972)

101.   Yes – Going for the One (1977)

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Year count:

1970 = 11, 1971 = 9, 1972 = 10, 1973 = 19, 1974 = 6, 1975 = 7, 1976 = 9, 1977 = 13, 1978 = 9, 1979 = 8.

 

All in all, if you were starting from scratch and bought the 303 albums in the 3 decade lists, you'd have a really good base of a record collection!

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