1970: A Definitive Ranking

So as a secondary project to my Years In Music series i’m going to be accompanying each year with a ranked list of the albums i’ve listened to that year, as well as a playlist of my favorite songs from that year!

Will try to give brief statements on as many of the records as possible!


Exuma - Exuma
A fantastic psychedelic folk record that literally feels like your are taking part in a voodoo ritual.

Absolutely unreal!
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Though the argument the Paranoid might be the better record is a valid argument, I think it’s hard for a lot of people to choose between the two.

This one takes the cake for me, it’s a bit more doomy and the guitars are more distorted and heavy and plus the opening two tracks are my favorite Sabbath songs ever so there’s that too.
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Just because this is my second favorite sabbath record doesn’t mean it’s any less amazing or impactful. This is quite possibly the most iconic Metal album of all time, I would say the only one I can think of that gives a run for its money is Master of Puppets.
Os Mutantes - A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado
Logged this back when i was doing a discography dive on these guys with @TreyLikesBands and @Inglume. This was by far their best record and you should absolutely check it out!
Jorge Ben - Força Bruta
This guy is just so smooth and effortless with his vocals, i felt like I was in a trance.
Tim Buckley - Starsailor
Speaking of smooth and effortless with vocals, Tim Buckley might have the most unique and entrancing set of vocals in music history! I think @whatthefunk worded it perfectly when responding to my inquiry regarding the list when he said "Tim Buckley is to voice what Coltrane is to saxophone." I think thats an absolutely perfect representation of this mans talent. His voice is absolutely hypnotic and its definitely the standout aspect of his best works for me!
Nico - Desertshore
This record is haunting in the best way possible, to say the least
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Easily one of the most important Jazz albums of all time. This album was a reinvention of sorts for both the genre, and arguably its most prolific musician, Miles Davis. This album single handedly pushed the needle forward for an entire genre and ushered it into a new era.

Plus it also kind of has the most kickass album cover of all time, no biggie.
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's final album together is arguably their best and their most impactful.

Just listen to "The Boxer" and you will understand why these guys are so loved and respected throughout music history.
Tim Buckley - Lorca
The fact that Tim has two records in my top 10 for this year should speak volumes about his talent. This one is a lot more chaotic and wild. It has this sort of primal energy to it that I absolutely adore. Definitely check this out!
Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
Nick Drake, like Tim Buckley, has one of the most infectious voices of his era. Theres just something about it that enchants me. It has a certain whimsy and mystique to it that I fall in love with over and over when I listen to his music. I think this is my lest favorite album of his, but its still so very good.
Rodriguez - Cold Fact
I had never heard of Rodriguez prior to taking on this project, but there were a few people who had this as their favorite record of the year and now I understand why. This guy reminds of Bob Dylan a bit in that his songwriting is just SO FUCKING GOOD. Like this guy strings words together in a way that is so inspiring, this record is fantastic and under appreciated and I highly recommend each of you to check it out!
Amon Düül II - Yeti
Legendary Krautrock pioneers, Amon Düül II really struck gold on their sophomore record. Yeti has so much energy and experimentation to it. It is one heck of a listen, I definitely think you guys will like it a lot!
Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant
One of the most charismatic and inventive Prog Rock records that I have heard as of yet. It has a medieval flair to it that is super intriguing. This is just a fun ass record, end of story.
Gal Costa - Legal
There was so much good music coming out Brazil in the 60s and 70s, its absolutely baffling that more people don't know about it here. A lot of my favorite albums came out of the Tropicalia and MPB scenes of this era, and this one is right up there with the best of them!
Curtis Mayfield - Curtis
This man put his swag on 1000 when he made this record. Would have killed to see this live!
Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day
This is the cutest record of all time. It feels like a warm, motherly hug. This is ESSENTIAL.
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
Neil Young is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Don't believe me? Give this a listen and report back.
John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
John Lennons take on the POB project is definitely the superior record. This is one of his better solo albums.
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III is easily my least favorite of the self-titled, but that doesn't stop it from being a legendary, badass hard rock album and one of the best albums of its kind in history. These guys were just that good!
Mort Garson - Didn't You Hear?
Id only heard of this guy because of Plantasia, but this is a damn compelling record.
The Stooges - Funhouse
Iggy Pop is a fucking savage, thats all you need to know.

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