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
Art Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
86
38 reviews

99. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
August 31, 1970
Folk Rock
Critic Score
95
5 reviews
User Score
91
138 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.

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98. Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
July 26, 1974
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
89
27 reviews

96. Iggy Pop - The Idiot

Iggy Pop - The Idiot
March 18, 1977
Post-Punk
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
88
75 reviews

95. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
February 24, 1975
Hard Rock
Critic Score
94
5 reviews
User Score
88
149 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.

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94. King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black

King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
March 29, 1974
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
81
23 reviews

93. Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys

Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
March 25, 1970
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
90
29 reviews

92. Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine

Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
May 19, 1978
Electronic
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
89
88 reviews

91. Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats

Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
December 1, 1979
Industrial
Critic Score
98
2 reviews
User Score
88
18 reviews

90. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Zombie

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Zombie
January 1, 1977
Afrobeat
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
User Score
88
12 reviews

89. Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
August 28, 1978
New Wave
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
88
44 reviews

88. Giorgio Moroder - From Here to Eternity

Giorgio Moroder - From Here to Eternity
July 22, 1977
Electro-Disco
Critic Score
87
2 reviews
User Score
87
10 reviews

87. Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure

Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
March 24, 1973
Glam Rock
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
User Score
87
48 reviews

86. Joni Mitchell - Blue

Joni Mitchell - Blue
June 22, 1971
Folk Rock
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
User Score
91
137 reviews

85. Wire - 154

Wire - 154
September 1, 1979
Post-Punk
Critic Score
91
2 reviews
User Score
88
26 reviews

84. Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
November 1, 1971
Pop Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
88
13 reviews

83. The Stooges - Raw Power

The Stooges - Raw Power
February 7, 1973
Punk
Critic Score
99
6 reviews
User Score
90
117 reviews

82. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
November 27, 1970
Rock
Critic Score
92
4 reviews
User Score
91
64 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
Glam Rock
Critic Score
99
6 reviews
User Score
93
413 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.

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80. David Bowie - Hunky Dory

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
December 17, 1971
Glam Rock
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
User Score
91
296 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.
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79. Randy Newman - Sail Away

Randy Newman - Sail Away
May 1, 1972
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
86
11 reviews

78. Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit
January 1, 1975
Afrobeat
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
88
10 reviews

77. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
April 13, 1973
Glam Rock
Critic Score
92
4 reviews
User Score
87
180 reviews

76. Blondie - Parallel Lines

Blondie - Parallel Lines
September 1, 1978
New Wave
Critic Score
93
3 reviews
User Score
88
70 reviews

75. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
March 28, 1973
Rock
Critic Score
95
5 reviews
User Score
89
164 reviews

74. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
March 19, 1971
Folk
Critic Score
84
2 reviews
User Score
88
61 reviews

73. Van Halen - Van Halen

Van Halen - Van Halen
February 10, 1978
Hard Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
85
37 reviews

72. King Crimson - Red

King Crimson - Red
October 5, 1974
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
90
59 reviews

71. James Brown - The Payback

James Brown - The Payback
December 1, 1973
Funk
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
78
7 reviews

70. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
March 1, 1973
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
User Score
92
577 reviews

69. Faust - Faust IV

Faust - Faust IV
September 21, 1973
Krautrock
Critic Score
93
2 reviews
User Score
87
16 reviews

68. Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
October 26, 1973
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
86
32 reviews

67. Pink Floyd - Meddle

Pink Floyd - Meddle
October 30, 1971
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
86
144 reviews

66. Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers

Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
January 1, 1978
Power Pop
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
90
21 reviews

65. Neil Young - On The Beach

Neil Young - On The Beach
July 16, 1974
Folk Rock
Critic Score
95
3 reviews
User Score
90
71 reviews

64. Iggy Pop - Lust for Life

Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
August 29, 1977
Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
88
82 reviews

63. Cluster - Zuckerzeit

Cluster - Zuckerzeit
January 1, 1974
Krautrock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
84
10 reviews

62. The Cars - The Cars

The Cars - The Cars
June 6, 1978
Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
83
32 reviews

61. The Beach Boys - Surf's Up

The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
August 30, 1971
Pop
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
88
54 reviews

60. John Lennon - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
December 11, 1970
Rock
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
89
80 reviews

59. Ramones - Rocket to Russia

Ramones - Rocket to Russia
November 4, 1977
Punk Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
90
56 reviews

58. Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson

Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson
February 24, 1971
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
87
4 reviews
User Score
84
15 reviews

57. Paul Simon - Paul Simon

Paul Simon - Paul Simon
January 24, 1972
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
92
4 reviews
User Score
88
24 reviews

56. Can - Future Days

Can - Future Days
August 1, 1973
Krautrock
Critic Score
91
2 reviews
User Score
90
61 reviews

55. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
November 1, 1970
Folk
Critic Score
98
2 reviews
User Score
89
87 reviews

54. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
July 17, 1970
Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
86
49 reviews

53. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
January 1, 1978
Classical
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
User Score
91
33 reviews

52. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model
March 17, 1978
New Wave
Critic Score
99
5 reviews
User Score
88
55 reviews

51. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
October 27, 1977
Punk
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
87
145 reviews

50. Tim Buckley - Starsailor

Tim Buckley - Starsailor
November 1, 1970
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
87
24 reviews
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