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Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s

Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1970s

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100. Brian Eno - Before and After Science

Brian Eno - Before and After Science
December 10, 1977
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

99. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
August 31, 1970
Critic Score
95
5 reviews

With his newfound confidence, Young was poised to stretch, and After the Gold Rush sounds a bit like an overview of the Great American Songbook but with one guy writing almost all the songs.

96. Iggy Pop - The Idiot

Iggy Pop - The Idiot
March 18, 1977
Critic Score
100
1 review

95. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
February 24, 1975
Critic Score
94
5 reviews

On Physical Graffiti, the end point of Led Zeppelin's incomparable initial run, they are living deep inside that new world, still finding new things to discover, taking it all in.

91. Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats

Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
December 1, 1979
Critic Score
98
2 reviews

In a smash and grab that testifies to both increased musical ambition and a relentless urge to wrongfoot audience expectations, 20 Jazz Funk Greats finds the band waking up from D.O.A's dark night of the soul and feeling curiously frisky.

90. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Zombie

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Zombie
January 1, 1977
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
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87. Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure

Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
March 24, 1973
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

86. Joni Mitchell - Blue

Joni Mitchell - Blue
June 22, 1971
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

85. Wire - 154

Wire - 154
September 1, 1979
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

83. The Stooges - Raw Power

The Stooges - Raw Power
February 7, 1973
Critic Score
99
6 reviews

82. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
November 27, 1970
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

81. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
June 6, 1972
Critic Score
99
6 reviews

The record that made Bowie the star he'd been acting like for a while, although its reputation isn't quite the same as its reality.

80. David Bowie - Hunky Dory

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
December 17, 1971
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
He'd also made huge leaps as a songwriter, and his new songs demonstrated the breadth of his power: the epic Jacques Brel-gone-Dada torch song "Life on Mars?" is immediately followed by "Kooks", an adorable lullaby for his infant son.

78. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit
January 1, 1975
Critic Score
90
1 review

77. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
April 13, 1973
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

76. Blondie - Parallel Lines

Blondie - Parallel Lines
September 1, 1978
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

75. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
March 28, 1973
Critic Score
95
5 reviews

73. Van Halen - Van Halen

Van Halen - Van Halen
February 10, 1978
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

72. King Crimson - Red

King Crimson - Red
October 5, 1974
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

71. James Brown - The Payback

James Brown - The Payback
December 1, 1973
Critic Score
90
1 review

69. Faust - Faust IV

Faust - Faust IV
September 21, 1973
Critic Score
93
2 reviews

68. Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
October 26, 1973
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

67. Pink Floyd - Meddle

Pink Floyd - Meddle
October 30, 1971
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

66. Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers

Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
January 1, 1978
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

65. Neil Young - On The Beach

Neil Young - On The Beach
July 16, 1974
Critic Score
95
3 reviews

64. Iggy Pop - Lust for Life

Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
August 29, 1977
Critic Score
100
1 review

63. Cluster - Zuckerzeit

Cluster - Zuckerzeit
January 1, 1974
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

62. The Cars - The Cars

The Cars - The Cars
June 6, 1978
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

61. The Beach Boys - Surf's Up

The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
August 30, 1971
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

59. Ramones - Rocket to Russia

Ramones - Rocket to Russia
November 4, 1977
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

57. Paul Simon - Paul Simon

Paul Simon - Paul Simon
January 24, 1972
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

56. Can - Future Days

Can - Future Days
August 1, 1973
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

55. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
November 1, 1970
Critic Score
98
2 reviews

53. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
January 1, 1978
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
Original Source: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5932-top-100-albums-of-the-1970s/
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