Best Albums of All Time: Chronological

I collected over 32 lists of the “Best Albums of All Time”, “Greatest Albums…”, “Most Important Albums…” from books, magazines and the Internet and combined them into one meta-list.  Here are the results: every album on three or more of the original source lists, organized chronologically. Albums on the same number of lists are arranged chronologically.  To see another version of the same list organized by rank (that is, with the albums on the most lists at the top), go here.

NOTE 1: These are not my personal opinions.

NOTE 2: The “Best Albums” lists I found focus on pop, r&b, hip hop and the many permutations of rock, with occasional nods to other genres (jazz, folk, country). To make up for the many missing genres, I have created other music meta-lists for classical, jazz, blues, hip hop, country, and world music. If you’re looking for Best Songs meta-lists, I’ve created some of those, too: rock/pop, etc., country, and hip hop.

1920s-1930s

anthology of american folk music
Various Artists   Anthology of American Folk Music (Harry Smith, ed.) (rec. 1926-1933, rel. 1952) (on 3 lists)

Robert_Johnson_-_The_Complete_Recordings
Robert Johnson  The Complete Recordings (rec. 1936-1937) (on 4 lists)

1940s


Hank Williams  40 Greatest Hits (rec. 1947-1952, rel. 1978) (on 3 lists)


Muddy Waters  The Anthology: 1947-1972 (rec. 1947-1972, rel. 2001) (on 3 lists)

1950s


Howlin’ Wolf  Moanin’ in the Moonlight (rec. 1951-1959, rel. 1959) (on 3 lists)


Sam Cooke  Portrait of a Legend (rec. 1951-1964, rel. 2003) (on 3 lists)

elvis-presley-sunrise
Elvis Presley  Sunrise (rec. 1953-1955) (on 3 lists)

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Elvis Presley  The Sun Sessions (1954-1955) (on 9 lists)

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Frank Sinatra  In the Wee Small Hours (1955) (on 3 lists)

ChuckBerry_TheGreatTwentyEight
Chuck Berry  The Great Twenty-Eight (rec. 1955-1965) (on 5 lists)

songs for swingin lovers
Frank Sinatra  Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956) (on 6 lists)

Elvis_Presley_Album_Cover
Elvis Presley  Elvis Presley (1956) (on 6 lists)

James_Brown_Star_Time
James Brown  Star Time (rec. 1956-1984) (on 5 lists)

Hereslittlerichard
Little Richard  Here’s Little Richard (1957) (on 6 lists)

Chirping_Crickets
The Crickets (feat. Buddy Holly)  The ‘Chirping’ Crickets (1957) (on 4 lists)

phil spector back to mono
Various Artists  Phil Spector: Back to Mono (rec. 1958-1969) (on 4 lists)


Miles Davis  Kind of Blue (1959) (on 18 lists)


Ornette Coleman  The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)


Charles Mingus  Mingus Ah Um (1959)

1960-1964

Miles_Davis_-_Sketches_of_Spain
Miles Davis  Sketches of Spain (1960) (on 5 lists)

Coltrane_Giant_Steps
John Coltrane  Giant Steps (1960) (on 5 lists)

at newport 1960
Muddy Waters  At Newport 1960 (1960) (on 3 lists)


Ike & Tina Turner  Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner (rec. 1960-1976, rel. 1991)

ModernSoundsInC&WMusic
Ray Charles  Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) (on 6 lists)

James_Brown-Live_at_the_Apollo_(album_cover)
James Brown  ‘Live’ at The Apollo (1963) (on 15 lists)

Withthebeatlescover
The Beatles  With The Beatles (1963) (on 4 lists)

Bob_Dylan_-_The_Freewheelin'_Bob_Dylan
Bob Dylan  The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) (on 3 lists)

Live_at_the_Harlem_Square_Club
Sam Cooke  Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (rec. 1963, rel. 1985) (on 4 lists)


Various Artists  Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (rec. 1963-1968, rel. 1972-1998)

Meet_the_Beatles
The Beatles  Meet the Beatles (1964) (on 3 lists)

a hard day's night
The Beatles  A Hard Day’s Night (1964) (on 10 lists)

Getz-gilberto
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto (1964) (on 3 lists)

1965-1969


The Beatles  Rubber Soul (1965) (on 31 lists)


Bob Dylan  Bringing It All Back Home (1965) (on 17 lists)


Bob Dylan  Highway 61 Revisited (1965) (on 25 lists)

Otisblue
Otis Redding  Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965) (on 15 lists)

John_Coltrane_-_A_Love_Supreme
John Coltrane  A Love Supreme (1965) (on 10 lists)

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The Byrds  Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) (on 5 lists)

B.B-King-Live-At-The-Regal
B.B. King  Live at the Regal (1965) (on 3 lists)


The Beatles  Help! (1965) (on 3 lists)

today
The Beach Boys  Today (1965) (on 3 lists)


The Beatles  Revolver  (1966) (on 35 lists)


The Beach Boys  Pet Sounds (1966) (on 33 lists)


Bob Dylan  Blonde on Blonde (1966) (on 23 lists)

aftermath album cover
The Rolling Stones  Aftermath (1966) (on 6 lists)

Blackmonktime
The Monks  Black Monk Time (1966) (on 4 lists)

freak out
The Mothers of the Invention (with Frank Zappa)  Freak Out! (1966) (on 3 lists)

Bluesbreakers_John_Mayall_with_Eric_Clapton
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers   Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966) (on 3 lists)

Bob_Dylan_-_The_Bootleg_Series,_Volume_4
Bob Dylan  The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert (rec. 1966, rel. 1998) (on 3 lists)


The Beatles  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (on 33 lists)


The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Are You Experienced? (1967) (on 30 lists)


The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) (on 29 lists)


The Doors  The Doors (1967) (on 23 lists)


Love  Forever Changes (1967) (on 17 lists)

Aretha_Franklin_–_I_Never_Loved_a_Man_the_Way_I_Love_You
Aretha Franklin  I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967) (on 10 lists)

DisraeliGears
Cream  Disraeli Gears (1967) (on 10 lists)

PinkFloyd-album-piperatthegatesofdawn_300
Pink Floyd  The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) (on 8 lists)

younger than yesterday
The Byrds  Younger Than Yesterday (1967) (on 6 lists)

The_who_sell_out
The Who  The Who Sell Out (1967) (on 6 lists)

strange days
The Doors  Strange Days (1967) (on 4 lists)

Moby_Grape_-_Moby_Grape
Moby Grape  Moby Grape (1967) (on 5 lists)

surrealistic pillow
Jefferson Airplane  Surrealistic Pillow (1967) (on 5 lists)

TheMoodyBlues-album-daysoffuturepassed
The Moody Blues  Days of Future Passed (1967) (on 3 lists)

SongsOfLeonardCohen
Leonard Cohen  Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) (on 5 lists)

Bob_Dylan_-_John_Wesley_Harding
Bob Dylan  John Wesley Harding (1967) (on 3 lists)

BuffaloSpringfieldAgain
Buffalo Springfield  Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) (on 4 lists)


The Kinks  Something Else by The Kinks (1967) (on 3 lists)


The Beatles  The Beatles [White Album] (1968) (on 34 lists)


The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Electric Ladyland (1968) (on 24 lists)


Van Morrison  Astral Weeks (1968) (on 23 lists)

beggars banquet
The Rolling Stones  Beggars Banquet (1968) (on 17 lists)

music from big pink
The Band  Music From Big Pink (1968) (on 14 lists)

ArethaFranklinLadySoul
Aretha Franklin  Lady Soul (1968) (on 9 lists)

Johnny_Cash_At_Folsom_Prison
Johnny Cash  At Folsom Prison (1968) (on 10 lists)

NotoriousByrdBrothers
The Byrds  The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) (on 9 lists)

axis bold as love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Axis: Bold as Love (1968) (on 8 lists)

Odessey_and_Oracle
The Zombies  Odessey & Oracle (1968) (on 6 lists)

Simon_and_Garfunkel,_Bookends_(1968)
Simon & Garfunkel  Bookends (1968) (on 5 lists)

hangmans beautiful daughter  HangmansBeautifulDaughter
The Incredible String Band  The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (1968) (on 4 lists)

grisgris
Dr. John  Gris-Gris (1968) (on 4 lists)

we're only in it for the money  we're only in it for the money back
The Mothers of Invention (feat. Frank Zappa)  We’re Only in It for the Money (1968) (on 4 lists)

Whitelightwhiteheat
The Velvet Underground  White Light/White Heat (1968) (on 5 lists)

sweetheart of the rodeo
The Byrds  Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968) (on 4 lists)

Cheapthrills
Big Brother & the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin)  Cheap Thrills (1968) (on 3 lists)

Laura_nyro_eli
Laura Nyro  Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) (on 3 lists)


The Beatles  Abbey Road (1969) (on 29 lists)


The Rolling Stones  Let It Bleed (1969) (on 24 lists)


The Band  The Band (1969) (on 19 lists)

Led_Zeppelin_-_Led_Zeppelin_(1969)_front_cover
Led Zeppelin  Led Zeppelin (1969) (on 14 lists)

Led_Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin  Led Zeppelin II (1969) (on 17 lists)

Trout_Mask_Replica
Captain Beefheart  Trout Mask Replica (1969) (on 15 lists)

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Dusty Springfield  Dusty in Memphis (1969) (on 14 lists)

Tommyalbumcover
The Who  Tommy (1969) (on 14 lists)

Velvetundergroundthirdalbum
The Velvet Underground  The Velvet Underground (1969) (on 13 lists)

Stand-slyfam
Sly & the Family Stone  Stand! (1969) (on 9 lists)

TheKinksVillageGreenPreservationSociety
The Kinks  The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1969) (on 9 lists)

Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_-_Green_River
Creedence Clearwater Revival  Green River (1969) (on 7 lists)

BlindFaithBlindFaith
Blind Faith  Blind Faith (1969) (on 6 lists)

the gilded palace of sin
The Flying Burrito Brothers  The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) (on 6 lists)

Scott_4
Scott Walker  Scott 4 (1969) (on 5 lists)

Skip_Spence_-_Oar
Skip Spence  Oar (1969) (on 4 lists)

Five_Leaves_Left
Nick Drake  Five Leaves Left (1969) (on 6 lists)

In_the_Court_of_the_Crimson_King
King Crimson  In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) (on 6 lists)

chicago transit authority
Chicago Transit Authority (later known as Chicago)  Chicago Transit Authority (1969) (on 6 lists)

StoogesStooges
The Stooges  The Stooges (1969) (on 5 lists)

Fairport_Convention-Liege_&_Lief_(album_cover)
Fairport Convention  Liege and Lief (1969) (on 5 lists)

crosby stills and nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash  Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) (on 4 lists)

in a silent way
Miles Davis  In a Silent Way (1969) (on 5 lists)

Grateful_Dead_-_Live-Dead
Grateful Dead  Live/Dead (1969) (on 4 lists)

Isaac_Hayes,_Hot_Buttered_Soul_Album_Cover
Isaac Hayes  Hot Buttered Soul (1969) (on 3 lists)

the meters
The Meters  Look-Ka Py Py (1969) (on 3 lists)

EverybodyKnowsThisIsNowhere
Neil Young  Everybody Knows this is Nowhere (1969) (on 3 lists)

Willy_and_the_poor_boys
Creedence Clearwater Revival  Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) (on 3 lists)

MC5_-_Kick_Out_the_Jams
MC5  Kick out the Jams (1969) (on 3 lists)

hot rats
Frank Zappa  Hot Rats (1969) (on 3 lists)


Elvis Presley  From Elvis in Memphis (1969)

1970-1974


Neil Young  After the Gold Rush (1970) (on 19 lists)

VanMorrison Moondance
Van Morrison  Moondance (1970) (on 15 lists)

Simon_and_Garfunkel,_Bridge_over_Troubled_Water_(1970)
Simon & Garfunkel  Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) (on 16 lists)

plastic ono band
John Lennon  John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) (on 13 lists)

LaylaCover
Derek and The Dominos  Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) (on 13 lists)

Bitches_brew
Miles Davis  Bitches Brew (1970) (on 12 lists)

StoogesFunHouse
The Stooges  Fun House (1970) (on 11 lists)

Black_Sabbath_debut_album
Black Sabbath  Black Sabbath (1970) (on 4 lists)

paranoid
Black Sabbath  Paranoid (1970) (on 10 lists)

Led_Zeppelin_-_Led_Zeppelin_III
Led Zeppelin  Led Zeppelin III (1970) (on 8 lists)

Grateful_Dead_-_Workingman's_Dead
Grateful Dead  Workingman’s Dead (1970) (on 5 lists)

Grateful_Dead_-_American_Beauty
Grateful Dead  American Beauty (1970) (on 9 lists)

SantanaAbraxas
Santana  Abraxas (1970) (on 9 lists)

Crosby,_Stills,_Nash_&_Young_-_Deja_Vu
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  Déjà vu (1970) (on 6 lists)

All_Things_Must_Pass_1970_cover
George Harrison  All Things Must Pass (1970) (on 7 lists)

sweet baby james
James Taylor  Sweet Baby James (1970) (on 7 lists)

monterey pop
Otis Redding/Jimi Hendrix  Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (rec. 1967, rel. 1970) (on 4 lists)

let it be
The Beatles  Let It Be (rec. 1968-1970, rel. 1970) (on 3 lists)

Loadedalbum
The Velvet Underground  Loaded (1970) (on 4 lists)

Bryter_Layter
Nick Drake  Bryter Layter (1970) (on 4 lists)

TimBuckley_Starsailor
Tim Buckley  Starsailor (1970) (on 3 lists)

SunflowerCover
The Beach Boys  Sunflower (1970) (on 3 lists)

Tea_for_the_Tillerman
Cat Stevens  Tea for the Tillerman (1970) (on 5 lists)

get yer ya-ya's out
The Rolling Stones  ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’: The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970) (on 3 lists)

The_who_live_at_leeds
The Who  Live at Leeds (1970) (on 3 lists)

12 songs
Randy Newman  12 Songs (1970) (on 3 lists)

morrison hotel
The Doors  Morrison Hotel (1970) (on 3 lists)

Band_of_Gypsys_album
Jimi Hendrix  Band of Gypsys (1970) (on 3 lists)


James Brown  Sex Machine (1970)


Led Zeppelin  [Led Zeppelin IV] (1971) (on 32 lists)

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Marvin Gaye  What’s Going On (1971) (on 29 lists)


The Who  Who’s Next (1971) (on 24 lists)


The Rolling Stones  Sticky Fingers (1971) (on 23 lists)


David Bowie  Hunky Dory (1971) (on 21 lists)


Joni Mitchell  Blue (1971) (on 18 lists)

Carole_King_-_Tapestry
Carole King  Tapestry (1971) (on 16 lists)

ImagineCover
John Lennon Imagine (1971) (on 12 lists)

there's a riot goin on
Sly & the Family Stone  There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971) (on 10 lists)

AllmanBrothersBandAtFillmoreEast
The Allman Brothers Band  At Fillmore East (1971) (on 8 lists)

Janis_Joplin-Pearl_(album_cover)
Janis Joplin  Pearl (1971) (on 8 lists)

every picture tells a story
Rod Stewart  Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) (on 7 lists)

The_Doors_-_L.A._Woman
The Doors  L.A. Woman (1971) (on 6 lists)

aqualung
Jethro Tull  Aqualung (1971) (on 6 lists)

T_Rex_Electric_Warrior
T. Rex  Electric Warrior (1971) (on 7 lists)

Songs_of_love_and_hate
Leonard Cohen  Songs of Love and Hate (1971) (on 6 lists)

maggot brain
Funkadelic  Maggot Brain (1971) (on 6 lists)

SurfsUpCover
The Beach Boys  Surf’s Up (1971) (on 4 lists)

Can_-_Tago_Mago
Can  Tago Mago (1971) (on 4 lists)

John_Prine_self-titled
John Prine   John Prine (1971) (on 4 lists)

serge gainsbourg
Serge Gainsbourg  Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) (on 5 lists)

Fragile
Yes  Fragile (1971) (on 3 lists)

coat of many colors
Dolly Parton  Coat of Many Colors (1971) (on 5 lists)

Shaft_cover
Isaac Hayes  Shaft (1971) (on 3 lists)

Harry_Nilsson_-_Nilsson_Schmilsson
Harry Nilsson  Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) (on 3 lists)


David Bowie  The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972) (on 33 lists)


The Rolling Stones  Exile on Main St. (1972) (on 30 lists)

lou reed transformer
Lou Reed  Transformer (1972) (on 14 lists)

NeilYoungHarvestalbumcover
Neil Young  Harvest (1972) (on 10 lists)

BobMarley-Legend
Bob Marley & the Wailers  Legend (rec. 1972-1983, rel. 1984) (on 9 lists)

Talking_Book
Stevie Wonder  Talking Book (1972) (on 9 lists)

NickDrakePinkMoon
Nick Drake  Pink Moon (1972) (on 6 lists)

Somethinganythingcover
Todd Rundgren  Something/Anything? (1972) (on 6 lists)

the harder they come
Various Artists (incl. Jimmy Cliff)  The Harder They Come (1972) (on 5 lists)

Roxy_Music-Roxy_Music
Roxy Music  Roxy Music (1972) (on 4 lists)

Clear_Spot
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band  Clear Spot (1972) (on 3 lists)

CurtisMayfield Superfly
Curtis Mayfield  Super Fly (1972) (on 4 lists)

randy newman sail away
Randy Newman  Sail Away (1972) (on 3 lists)

Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill
Steely Dan  Can’t Buy A Thrill (1972) (on 3 lists)

Black_Sabbath_Vol._4
Black Sabbath  Volume 4 (1972) (on 3 lists)

The_Nitty_Gritty_Dirt_Band-Will_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band  Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1972) (on 3 lists)

Machine_Head_album_cover
Deep Purple  Machine Head (1972) (on 3 lists)

Big_Star_-1_Record
Big Star  #1 Record (1972) (on 3 lists)


Eagles  Eagles (1972)


Aretha Franklin  Young, Gifted & Black (1972)


Aretha Franklin  Amazing Grace (1972)


Paul Simon  Paul Simon (1972)


Stevie Wonder  Music of My Mind (1972)


Yes  Close to the Edge (1972)


Pink Floyd  The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) (on 28 lists)


Stevie Wonder  Innervisions (1973) (on 17 lists)

Elton_John_-_Goodbye_Yellow_Brick_Road
Elton John  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) (on 15 lists)

StoogesRawPower
Iggy & The Stooges  Raw Power (1973) (on 13 lists)

Led_Zeppelin_-_Houses_of_the_Holy
Led Zeppelin  Houses of the Holy (1973) (on 10 lists)

Quadrophenia_(album)
The Who  Quadrophenia (1973) (on 7 lists)

gram parsons gp
Gram Parsons  GP (1973) (on 8 lists)

call me
Al Green  Call Me (1973) (on 7 lists)

NewYorkDollsNewYorkDolls
New York Dolls  New York Dolls (1973) (on 7 lists)

Paul_McCartney_&_Wings-Band_on_the_Run
Paul McCartney & Wings  Band on the Run (1973) (on 6 lists)

BobMarleyCatchAFire  Thewailerscatchafire
The Wailers (later Bob Marley & the Wailers)  Catch a Fire (1973) (on 5 lists)

here come the warm jets
Brian Eno  Here Come the Warm Jets (1973) (on 5 lists)

Steely_Dan-Countdown_to_Ecstacy
Steely Dan  Countdown to Ecstasy (1973) (on 5 lists)

solid air
John Martyn  Solid Air (1973) (on 4 lists)

Let's_Get_It_On
Marvin Gaye  Let’s Get It On (1973) (on 6 lists)

Lou Reed Berlin
Lou Reed  Berlin (1973) (on 3 lists)

Isley_brothers_3_+_3_album
The Isley Brothers  3 + 3 (1973) (on 3 lists)

Todd Rundgren A wizard
Todd Rundgren  A Wizard, A True Star (1973) (on 3 lists)

Mike_oldfield_tubular_bells_album_cover
Mike Oldfield  Tubular Bells (1973) (on 3 lists)


Herbie Hancock  Head Hunters (1973) (on 3 lists)


Lynryd Skynyrd   (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) (1973) (on 3 lists)


Bruce Springsteen  The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973) (on 3 lists)

court and spark
Joni Mitchell  Court and Spark (1974) (on 11 lists)

gram parsons grievous angel
Gram Parsons  Grievous Angel (1974) (on 8 lists)

i want to see the bright lights
Richard & Linda Thompson  I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) (on 8 lists)

Radio_city_cover
Big Star  Radio City (1974) (on 6 lists)

BobMarley&theWailersNattyDread
Bob Marley & the Wailers  Natty Dread (1974) (on 4 lists)

Pretzel_Logic_album
Steely Dan  Pretzel Logic (1974) (on 3 lists)

Rockbottom
Robert Wyatt  Rock Bottom (1974) (on 5 lists)

On_the_Beach_-_Neil_Young
Neil Young  On the Beach (1974) (on 4 lists)

good old boys
Randy Newman  Good Old Boys (1974) (on 4 lists)

ItsTooLateToStopNow
Van Morrison  It’s Too Late to Stop Now (1974) (on 4 lists)

BadCompanyBadCompany
Bad Company  Bad Company (1974) (on 4 lists)

gene clark no other
Gene Clarke  No Other (1974) (on 3 lists)

1975-1979


Bruce Springsteen  Born to Run (1975) (on 27 lists)


Bob Dylan  Blood on the Tracks (1975) (on 23 lists)


Patti Smith  Horses (1975) (on 21 lists)


Led Zeppelin  Physical Graffiti (1975) (on 19 lists)

wish-you-were-album-cover
Pink Floyd  Wish You Were Here (1975) (on 18 lists)

Queen_A_Night_At_The_Opera
Queen  A Night at the Opera (1975) (on 13 lists)

Neil_Young_tonight's the night
Neil Young  Tonight’s the Night (1975) (on 10 lists)

Aerosmith_-_Toys_in_the_Attic
Aerosmith  Toys in the Attic (1975) (on 9 lists)

Another_Green_World
Brian Eno  Another Green World (1975) (on 7 lists)

mothership connection
Parliament  Mothership Connection (1975) (on 6 lists)

WillieNelsonRedHeadedStrangeralbumcover
Willie Nelson  Red Headed Stranger (1975) (on 4 lists)

the basement tapes
Bob Dylan and The Band  The Basement Tapes (rec. 1967-1975, rel. 1975) (on 3 lists)

the hissing of summer lawns
Joni Mitchell  The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) (on 4 lists)

Young_americans
David Bowie  Young Americans (1975) (on 3 lists)

Neu75_albumcover
Neu!  Neu ’75 (1975) (on 3 lists)


Toots and the Maytals  Funky Kingston (1975)


Earth, Wind & Fire  That’s the Way of the World (1975)


Kiss  Alive! (1975)


Ramones  Ramones (1976) (on 25 lists)


Stevie Wonder  Songs in the Key of Life (1976) (on 19 lists)

Hotelcalifornia
The Eagles  Hotel California (1976) (on 13 lists)

Roxy_Music_-_For_Your_Pleasure
Roxy Music  For Your Pleasure (1976) (on 11 lists)

The_Modern_Lovers_(album)
The Modern Lovers  The Modern Lovers (rec. 1971-1973, rel. 1976) (on 6 lists)

Bob_Dylan_-_Desire
Bob Dylan  Desire (1976) (on 4 lists)

station to station
David Bowie  Station to Station (1976) (on 6 lists)

kate & anna mcgarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle  Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1976) (on 4 lists)

Aerosmith_-_Rocks
Aerosmith  Rocks (1976) (on 3 lists)

Kiss_destroyer_album_cover
Kiss  Destroyer (1976) (on 3 lists)

Joni Mitchell Hejira_cover
Joni Mitchell  Hejira (1976) (on 3 lists)


Boston  Boston (1976)


Fleetwood Mac  Rumours (1977) (on 29 lists)


Sex Pistols  Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) (on 29 lists)


Television  Marquee Moon (1977) (on 18 lists)

MyAim_isTrue
Elvis Costello  My Aim Is True (1977) (on 11 lists)

SaturdayNightFeveralbumcover
Various Artists (incl. The Bee Gees) Saturday Night Fever (1977) (on 10 lists)

Bob_Marley_and_the_Wailers_-_Exodus
Bob Marley & the Wailers  Exodus (1977) (on 9 lists)

Trans-Europe_Express Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk  Trans-Europe Express (1977) (on 8 lists)

Bat_out_of_Hell
Meat Loaf  Bat Out of Hell (1977) (on 7 lists)

Aja_album_cover
Steely Dan  Aja (1977) (on 7 lists)

Wirepinkflagcover
Wire  Pink Flag (1977) (on 6 lists)

Low_(album)
David Bowie  Low (1977) (on 7 lists)

David_Bowie_-_Heroes
David Bowie  Heroes (1977) (on 5 lists)

Suicide album cover
Suicide  Suicide (1977) (on 5 lists)

Ramones_-_Rocket_to_Russia_cover
Ramones  Rocket to Russia (1977) (on 4 lists)

iggy pop lust for life
Iggy Pop  Lust for Life (1977) (on 4 lists)

Thestranger1977
Billy Joel  The Stranger (1977) (on 4 lists)

EricClapton-Slowhand
Eric Clapton  Slowhand (1977) (on 3 lists)

singles going steady
Buzzcocks  Singles Going Steady (rec. 1977-1979) (on 3 lists)

BruceSpringsteenDarknessontheEdgeofTown
Bruce Springsteen  Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) (on 13 lists)

this years model
Elvis Costello  This Year’s Model (1978) (on 9 lists)

some girls
The Rolling Stones  Some Girls (1978) (on 9 lists)

Blondie_-_Parallel_Lines
Blondie  Parallel Lines (1978) (on 9 lists)

Van_Halen_album
Van Halen  Van Halen (1978) (on 7 lists)

Big_Star-3rd  BigStarThird
Big Star  Third/Sister Lovers (1978) (on 7 lists)

PereUbuTheModernDance250px
Pere Ubu  The Modern Dance (1978) (on 5 lists)

more songs about
Talking Heads  More Songs about Buildings and Food (1978) (on 4 lists)

The-Jam-All-Mod-Cons
The Jam  All the Mod Cons (1978) (on 4 lists)

one nation under a groove
Funkadelic  One Nation Under a Groove (1978) (on 4 lists)

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Cheap Trick  Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978) (on 4 lists)

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Devo  Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) (on 4 lists)

Marvin Gaye here-my-dear
Marvin Gaye  Here, My Dear (1978) (on 4 lists)

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The Cars  The Cars (1978) (on 3 lists)

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Willie Nelson  Stardust (1978) (on 3 lists)

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Chic  C’est Chic (1978) (on 3 lists)

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Thin Lizzy  Live and Dangerous (1978) (on 3 lists)


X-Ray Spex  Germfree Adolescents (1978) (on 3 lists)

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Michael Jackson  Off the Wall (1979) (on 17 lists)

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The Clash  The Clash (1979) (on 16 lists)

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Pink Floyd  The Wall (1979) (on 16 lists)

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Public Image Ltd.  Metal Box (re-released in 1980 as Second Edition) (1979) (on 10 lists)

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Neil Young  Rust Never Sleeps (1979) (on 7 lists)

Entertainment!
Gang of Four  Entertainment! (1979) (on 7 lists)

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The B-52s  The B-52s (1979) (on 5 lists)

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers  Damn the Torpedoes (1979) (on 3 lists)

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Elvis Costello & the Attractions  Armed Forces (1979) (on 5 lists)

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Led Zeppelin  In Through the Out Door (1979) (on 3 lists)

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Graham Parker  Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) (on 3 lists)

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The Police  Regatta de Blanc (1979) (on 3 lists)

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AC/DC  Highway to Hell (1979) (on 3 lists)

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Talking Heads  Fear of Music (1979) (on 3 lists)

the Specials the specials
The Specials  The Specials (1979) (on 3 lists)

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The Slits  Cut (1979) (on 3 lists)


Chic  Risqué (1979)

1980-1984


The Clash  London Calling (1980) (on 30 lists)


AC/DC  Back in Black (1980) (on 23 lists)

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Talking Heads  Remain in Light (1980) (on 15 lists)

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The Pretenders  Pretenders (1980) (on 10 lists)

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Joy Division  Unknown Pleasures (1980) (on 11 lists)

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The Clash  Sandanista! (1980) (on 5 lists)

Prince DirtyMind
Prince  Dirty Mind (1980) (on 4 lists)

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Bruce Springsteen  The River (1980) (on 3 lists)

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Dexy’s Midnight Runners  Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980) (on 4 lists)

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Dead Kennedys  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) (on 3 lists)


X  Los Angeles (1980) (on 3 lists)


Motörhead  Ace of Spades (1980)

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Joy Division  Closer (1981) (on 12 lists)

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The Rolling Stones  Tattoo You (1981) (on 4 lists)

XWildGift
Wild Gift (1981) (on 5 lists)

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Black Flag  Damaged (1981) (on 5 lists)

The_Go-Go's BeautyandtheBeat
The Go-Gos  Beauty and the Beat (1981) (on 3 lists)