Paste's 70 Best Albums of the 1970s

Paste's 70 Best Albums of the 1970s

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70. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
July 7, 1972
Reggae
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
90
5 reviews

69. Blondie - Parallel Lines

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

68. Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Nick Drake - Pink Moon
February 25, 1972
Folk
Critic Score
97
5 reviews
User Score
92
258 reviews

67. 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
43 reviews

66. Derek and The Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

Derek and The Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
November 1, 1970
Blues Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
86
23 reviews

65. T. Rex - Electric Warrior

T. Rex - Electric Warrior
September 24, 1971
Glam Rock
Critic Score
95
3 reviews
User Score
88
60 reviews

64. The Stooges - Funhouse

The Stooges - Funhouse
July 7, 1970
Punk
Critic Score
98
6 reviews
User Score
91
118 reviews

63. Can - Ege Bamyasi

Can - Ege Bamyasi
November 1, 1972
Krautrock
Critic Score
99
2 reviews
User Score
90
95 reviews

62. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

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

61. The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach

The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach
February 12, 1972
Southern Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
88
6 reviews

60. Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)

Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
August 13, 1973
Southern Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
83
17 reviews

59. Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson

Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
March 1, 1971
Art Pop
Critic Score
98
8 reviews
User Score
90
87 reviews

58. The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
August 1, 1976
Protopunk
Critic Score
96
5 reviews
User Score
89
47 reviews

57. Joni Mitchell - Hejira

Joni Mitchell - Hejira
November 1, 1976
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
83
24 reviews

56. Gang of Four - Entertainment!

Gang of Four - Entertainment!
September 1, 1979
Post-Punk
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
89
72 reviews

55. Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

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

54. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
January 26, 1970
Folk Rock
Critic Score
95
7 reviews
User Score
90
87 reviews

53. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
June 14, 1979
Post-Punk
Critic Score
94
6 reviews
User Score
91
394 reviews

52. 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

51. Talking Heads - Fear of Music

Talking Heads - Fear of Music
August 3, 1979
New Wave
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
89
111 reviews

50. Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
August 28, 1973
Soul
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
89
37 reviews

49. The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East

The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East
July 1, 1971
Blues Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
91
18 reviews

48. Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes
June 26, 1975
Folk Rock
Critic Score
97
4 reviews
User Score
91
15 reviews

47. Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express

Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
March 1, 1977
Krautrock
Critic Score
95
4 reviews
User Score
90
106 reviews

46. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu
March 11, 1970
Folk Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
88
21 reviews

45. The Rolling Stones - Some Girls

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
June 9, 1978
Rock
Critic Score
98
4 reviews
User Score
85
66 reviews

44. The Velvet Underground - Loaded

The Velvet Underground - Loaded
September 1, 1970
Classic Rock
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
89
166 reviews

43. Tom Waits - Small Change

Tom Waits - Small Change
September 1, 1976
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
87
28 reviews

42. Elton John - Madman Across the Water

Elton John - Madman Across the Water
November 5, 1971
Pop Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
83
11 reviews

41. The Band - The Last Waltz

The Band - The Last Waltz
April 7, 1978
Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
85
6 reviews

40. Al Green - Let's Stay Together

Al Green - Let's Stay Together
January 31, 1972
Soul
Critic Score
92
3 reviews
User Score
86
7 reviews

39. The Stooges - Raw Power

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

38. Suicide - Suicide

Suicide - Suicide
December 28, 1977
No Wave
Critic Score
94
3 reviews
User Score
88
49 reviews

37. Carole King - Tapestry

Carole King - Tapestry
February 10, 1971
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
User Score
90
52 reviews

36. John Lennon - Imagine

John Lennon - Imagine
September 9, 1971
Rock
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
87
55 reviews

35. 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

34. David Bowie - Low

David Bowie - Low
January 14, 1977
Art Rock
Critic Score
94
5 reviews
User Score
91
300 reviews

33. The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One

The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
November 27, 1970
Pop Rock
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
87
16 reviews

32. Michael Jackson - Off the Wall

Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
August 10, 1979
R&B
Critic Score
99
4 reviews
User Score
88
112 reviews

31. Neil Young - Harvest

Neil Young - Harvest
February 14, 1972
Rock
Critic Score
90
4 reviews
User Score
88
104 reviews

30. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
June 2, 1978
Rock
Critic Score
95
4 reviews
User Score
89
57 reviews

29. Patti Smith - Horses

Patti Smith - Horses
December 13, 1975
Rock
Critic Score
98
4 reviews
User Score
90
137 reviews

28. Queen - A Day at the Races

Queen - A Day at the Races
December 10, 1976
Hard Rock
Critic Score
65
4 reviews
User Score
72
32 reviews

27. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
November 27, 1970
Rock
Critic Score
92
4 reviews
User Score
91
63 reviews

26. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food

Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
July 21, 1978
Post-Punk
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
88
96 reviews

25. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
October 5, 1973
Pop Rock
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
User Score
85
32 reviews
As with many Elton John albums, there are hidden gems to be found like the biting “I’ve Seen That Movie Too” with its lush orchestral underpinning that takes center stage near the song’s end or mile-a-minute “Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock ‘N Roll)” with its Danny And The Juniors-like “ah ah”s and Beach Boys-like “ooh wee ohh”s.
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24. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
September 28, 1976
Soul
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
91
62 reviews

23. 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

22. The Clash - The Clash

The Clash - The Clash
April 8, 1977
Punk
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
88
88 reviews

21. Joni Mitchell - Blue

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