Friday, October 21, 2005

Best of the 70s

So I've been listening to a lot of music from the 70s lately and using many "Best Of" lists to sift through all the music released in that decade. Two lists that are quite comprehensive and well-compiled are's list ( which combines popular music with more obscure stuff that is much less obvious, and Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time ( which, as Rolling Stone is known to do, sticks with mostly more popular music. Now, I decided that I would attempt to combine these two lists and make a full-on Best of the 70s list that both Rolling Stone and pitchfork readers alike can enjoy. The criteria was simple: I broke Rolling Stone's list into just albums from the 70s, then removed the compilations and greatest hits albums and made a Rolling Stone Top 100 of the 70s list. I then compared the two lists and any album that was on both lists made it onto the final copy. The album's placement on this list is based on the average of the placements on the two other lists, so without further ado, here is the list:

1) The Clash – London Calling
2) Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
3) Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
4) The Who – Who’s Next
5) Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
6) Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
7) Ramones – Ramones
8) Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Going On
9) Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
10) Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
11) Television – Marquee Moon
12) Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
13) Velvet Underground – Loaded
14) The Beatles – Let It Be
15) Pink Floyd – The Wall
16) John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
17) Sex Pistols – Nevermind the Bollocks
18) Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
19) The Clash – The Clash
20) T. Rex – Electric Warrior
21) Saturday Night Fever – Original Soundtrack
22) Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
23) Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
24) The Stooges – Funhouse
25) David Bowie – Low
26) David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
27) Joni Mitchell – Blue
28) Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
29) Ramones – Rocket to Russia
30) Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True
31) Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
32) David Bowie – Hunky Dory
33) Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
34) Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
35) Blondie – Parallel Lines
36) The Stooges – Raw Power
37) Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
38) The Harder They Come – Original Soundtrack
39) Nick Drake – Bryter Later
40) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory


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