'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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The Harder They Come Soundtrack Music Poster Image
Collection of classic tracks still best intro to reggae.
By Various Artists
(1972)
(1972)
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20 All-Time Greatest Hits! Music Poster Image
Unbeatable soul and funk collection is a nonstop party.
By James Brown
(1991)
(1991)
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Band on the Run Music Poster Image
Frothy post-Beatles pop-rock album still a best-seller.
By Paul McCartney & Wings
(1973)
(1973)
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Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack Music Poster Image
Stellar showcase of rock, soul, pop from '50s, '60s, '70s.
By Various Artists
(1994)
(1994)
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Legend Music Poster Image
Wonderful posthumous collection favors hits over politics.
By Bob Marley
(2002)
(2002)
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Rocket Man: Number Ones Music Poster Image
Singles collection is a good overview of Sir Elton's career.
By Elton John
(2007)
(2007)
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Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track Music Poster Image
Soundtrack of disco classics still stayin' alive!
By Bee Gees, Various Artists
(1977)
(1977)
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Fly Like an Eagle Music Poster Image
Power rocker's tour de force stands the test of time.
By Steve Miller Band
(1976)
(1976)
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American Beauty Music Poster Image
Band's best, most notable classics fill warm, sweet album.
By Grateful Dead
(1970)
(1970)
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The B-52's Music Poster Image
Campy debut from retro-mod punk pioneers.
By B-52's
(1979)
(1979)
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The Best of Eric Clapton: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection) Music Poster Image
Early solo-career anthology has some of Clapton's best work.
By Eric Clapton
(2004)
(2004)
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Born to Run Music Poster Image
Poetic teen anthems of desperation still resonate.
By Bruce Springsteen
(1975)
(1975)
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Come Dancing: The Best of The Kinks 1977-1986 Music Poster Image
Strong collection of later tunes heavy on satire, sentiment.
By The Kinks
(1986)
(1986)
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Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition Music Poster Image
Bombastic rock group's finest moments, and then some.
By Queen
(2004)
(2004)
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Imagine Music Poster Image
Lennon's most popular album captures his complex brilliance.
By John Lennon
(2010)
(2010)
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Innervisions Music Poster Image
Wonder's passionate portrait of the '70s still fresh today.
By Stevie Wonder
(1973)
(1973)
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Led Zeppelin IV Music Poster Image
"Stairway" and more classics on Led Zep masterpiece.
By Led Zeppelin
(1971)
(1971)
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On the Radio: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 Music Poster Image
Hits collection showcases best of the Queen of Disco.
By Donna Summer
(1979)
(1979)
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Parallel Lines Music Poster Image
Catchy pop breakthrough for band with punk roots.
By Blondie
(1978)
(1978)
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Ramones Music Poster Image
Punk pioneers fuse early rock 'n' roll with garage grit.
By Ramones
(1976)
(1976)
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Rumours Music Poster Image
Classic album wraps breakups in impeccable pop-rock.
By Fleetwood Mac
(1977)
(1977)
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Who's Next Music Poster Image
Possibly The Who's best album; essential to the rock canon.
By The Who
(1971)
(1971)
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This Year's Model Music Poster Image
Eloquent songwriting, punk attitude from influential artist.
By Elvis Costello
(1978)
(1978)
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Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 Music Poster Image
Album of country-rock classics is still a bestseller.
By Eagles
(1976)
(1976)
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London Calling Music Poster Image
Punk rebels fuse aggressive rock with Jamaican roots music.
By The Clash
(1979)
(1979)
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The Dark Side of the Moon Music Poster Image
Still a hit decades later, this album made Floyd superstars.
By Pink Floyd
(1973)
(1973)
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Horses Music Poster Image
Complex punk poetry from influential artist.
By Patti Smith
(1975)
(1975)
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Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols Music Poster Image
Profane early punk still offends -- and inspires.
By The Sex Pistols
(1977)
(1977)
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Sticky Fingers Music Poster Image
Dark sex, drug, and death themes infuse classic tunes.
By Rolling Stones
(1971)
(1971)
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