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The Songfactors' Choice Top Albums of the Decade: The '70's


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I've been putting this off long enough.

1] Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder (1976)

2] What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971)

3] Night at the Opera, A - Queen (1975)

4] Tapestry - Carole King (1971)

5] Stranger, The - Billy Joel (1977)

6] London Calling - The Clash (1979)

7] Ramones - Ramones (1976)

8] Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones (1971)

9] Dark Side of the Moon, The - Pink Floyd (1973)

10] Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (1973)

Having to choose ten out of that list was abso-friggin'-lutely ridonkulous. Frankly, I'm a little pissed off and it's giving me agita, for chrissakes. I need some Brioschi.

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If there is anyone else that would like to vote for Sticky Fingers (did I say that right edna?) .... or any one of the other 51 albums nominated, it's time to get on the stick, you've got about 24 hours or so ..... :D

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psst ...you don't need to edna .... ;)

And on that note, I'd like to present for your perusal and commentary ...

THE SONGFACTORS' CHOICE Top Albums of the Decade: The '70's:

1. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones (1971)

2. Dark Side of the Moon, The - Pink Floyd (1973)

3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (1971)

4. Who's Next - The Who (1971)

5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (1973)

6. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1977)

7. London Calling - The Clash (1979)

8. (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

9. Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The - David Bowie (1972)

10. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen (1975)

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Very nice :bow:

I'm sure there's going to be some criticism in the main page comments regarding London Calling, since it was released in late December 1979, and considered by some to be an 80's album. Still glad to see it make it, it's a definite punk classic.

I'm also expecting some backlash about this being all rock albums and no R&B making the cut.

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Well, the results are what they are, no matter what we might wish. Honestly, I think our list is pretty darned representative of what was popular then. As someone who lived through the 70's, R&B just wasn't the dominate factor. Sure Stevie & Marvin, a few others were great, but for the most part, the 70's were about Rock & Roll. Taken in that context, I think we did pertty good ....

And the final breakdown .... as you can see, the voting was tight, and there are lots of ties. Thank goodness in the final 10 there was just the one, for the #10 spot. ;)

1. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones (1971) 93

2. Dark Side of the Moon, The - Pink Floyd (1973) 79

3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (1971) 68

4. Who's Next - The Who (1971) 58

5. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (1973) 52

6. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (1977) 51

7. London Calling - The Clash (1979) 50

8. (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973) 46

9. Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The - David Bowie (1972) 42

10. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen (1975) 42

Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970) 41

Déjà Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970) 39

Tapestry - Carole King (1971) 38

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos (1970) 36

Pearl - Janis Joplin (1971) 36

Stranger, The - Billy Joel (1977) 35

Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder (1976) 31

Boston - Boston (1976) 29

Let It Be - The Beatles (1970) 29

Night at the Opera, A - Queen (1975) 28

Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan (1975) 26

Exile on Main St. - The Rolling Stones (1972) 25

Transformer - Lou Reed (1972) 24

Breakfast in America - Supertramp (1979) 23

Ramones - Ramones (1976) 23

Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division (1979) 23

Live Rust - Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1979) 22

Aqualung - Jethro Tull (1971) 21

Bridge over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel (1970) 21

Moondance - Van Morrison (1970) 21

American Beauty - Grateful Dead (1970) 20

Entertainment! - Gang of Four (1979) 20

Horses - Patti Smith (1975) 19

Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts - The Adverts (1978) 18

Morrison Hotel - The Doors (1970) 18

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (1971) 18

At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band (1971) 16

Night Moves - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (1976) 15

Trans-Europa Express - Kraftwerk (1977) 13

Second Helping - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974) 12

Live at Leeds - The Who (1970) 10

Low Budget - The Kinks (1979) 8

Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Joe Cocker (1970) 7

Sweet Baby James - James Taylor (1970) 7

Close to the Edge - Yes (1972) 6

Sheik Yerbouti - Frank Zappa (1979) 4

Rocks - Aerosmith (1976) 3

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970) 1

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Alive! - KISS (1975)

American Woman - The Guess Who (1970)

Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest (1976)

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10. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen (1975) 42

Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970) 41

It's all my fault :doh: I almost gave CCR my #1, which would've won the tie-breaker.

This is still a very solid top 10 list that captures the originality and influence of 70's era rock.

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