'70s Music

The '70s boasted so many breakthrough sounds, it's hard to believe they all fit in one decade: rock, reggae, punk, new wave, disco. Our list of '70s albums includes acts who got their start in the '60s -- the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder. Others made their mark in this decade: Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, the Ramones, Blondie, Elvis Costello. Check 'em out.

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Collection of classic tracks still best intro to reggae.
By Various Artists
(1972)
 
Unbeatable soul and funk collection is a nonstop party.
By James Brown
(1991)
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Frothy post-Beatles pop-rock album still a best-seller.
By Paul McCartney & Wings
(1973)
 
Stellar showcase of rock, soul, pop from '50s, '60s, '70s.
By Various Artists
(1994)
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Wonderful posthumous collection favors hits over politics.
By Bob Marley
(2002)
 
Singles collection is a good overview of Sir Elton's career.
By Elton John
(2007)
 
Soundtrack of disco classics still stayin' alive!
By Bee Gees, Various Artists
(1977)
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Power rocker's tour de force stands the test of time.
By Steve Miller Band
(1976)
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Band's best, most notable classics fill warm, sweet album.
By Grateful Dead
(1970)
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Campy debut from retro-mod punk pioneers.
By B-52's
(1979)
 
Early solo-career anthology has some of Clapton's best work.
By Eric Clapton
(2004)
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Poetic teen anthems of desperation still resonate.
By Bruce Springsteen
(1975)
 
Strong collection of later tunes heavy on satire, sentiment.
By The Kinks
(1986)
 
Bombastic rock group's finest moments, and then some.
By Queen
(2004)
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Lennon's most popular album captures his complex brilliance.
By John Lennon
(2010)
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Wonder's passionate portrait of the '70s still fresh today.
By Stevie Wonder
(1973)
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"Stairway" and more classics on Led Zep masterpiece.
By Led Zeppelin
(1971)
 
Hits collection showcases best of the Queen of Disco.
By Donna Summer
(1979)
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Catchy pop breakthrough for band with punk roots.
By Blondie
(1978)
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Punk pioneers fuse early rock 'n' roll with garage grit.
By Ramones
(1976)
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Classic album wraps breakups in impeccable pop-rock.
By Fleetwood Mac
(1977)
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Possibly The Who's best album; essential to the rock canon.
By The Who
(1971)
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Eloquent songwriting, punk attitude from influential artist.
By Elvis Costello
(1978)
 
Album of country-rock classics is still a bestseller.
By Eagles
(1976)
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Punk rebels fuse aggressive rock with Jamaican roots music.
By The Clash
(1979)
 
Still a hit decades later, this album made Floyd superstars.
By Pink Floyd
(1973)
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Complex punk poetry from influential artist.
By Patti Smith
(1975)
 
Profane early punk still offends -- and inspires.
By The Sex Pistols
(1977)
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Dark sex, drug, and death themes infuse classic tunes.
By Rolling Stones
(1971)