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0F '80

There is little dispute in the annals of rock music history that the 70’s was the most prolific period ever in rock n’ roll.  The late 60’s produced a lot of great music that lead into the 70’s when stereos, radio, PA’s and other technology expanded the range of good music and what was possible for making, recording and playing live music.  After 1980, we can all agree that rock n’ roll went downhill, disco sucked and the music business torpedo’d the creativity and ability of musicians to get their music into broad circulation.  Disco and punk were emerging.


I have put together a compilation of what various outlets consider the best rock albums for each of these years.  There is always debate about what was truly best, I changed a few things around, but this at least gives a good idea of what was coming out and what was popular and who the biggest artists and bands were.  Many of these albums are now classic rock history and many will appear on the list of the best 100 albums of all time.


I hope this create some discussion.  I mean, like who the hell put Cheap Trick In Color ahead of Pink Floyd Animals in 1977?  That is just stupid!  We were very fortunate to come up in this pretty free and easy time.


Fleetwood Mac  //  Rumours

Jackson Browne  //  Running on Empty

Lynyrd Skynyrd  //  Street Survivors

David Bowie  //  Low

Steely Dan  //  Aja

Eric Clapton  //  Slowhand

Cheap Trick  //  In Color

Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane  //  Rough Mix

Pink Floyd  //  Animals

AC/DC  //  Let There Be Rock

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Who Are You  //  The Who

Some Girls  //  The Rolling Stones

Heaven Tonight  //  Cheap Trick

Excitable Boy  //  Warren Zevon

52nd Street  //  Billy Joel

Outlandos d'Amour  //  The Police

More Songs About Buildings and Food Talking Heads. ...

The Cars  //  The Cars

Van Halen  //  Van Halen



The Wall  // Pink Floyd

Rusty Never Sleeps  //  Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Highway To Hell  //  AC/DC

Damn The Torpedoes  //  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tusk  //  Fleetood Mac

London Calling // The Clash

Reggatta de Blanc  //  The Police

Armed Forces // Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Cheap Trick at Budoken // Cheap Trick

Squeezing Out Sparks // Graham Parker and the Rumor

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Back in Black  // AC/DC

Remain in the Light  //  Talking Heads

The River  //  Bruce Springsteen

Dirty Mind  //  Prince

Hi Infidelity  //  REO Speedwagon

Blizzard of Ozz // Ozzy Osbourne

Sandinista!  //  The Clash

Boy // U2

Double Fantasy // John Lennon & Yoko Ono 

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) // David Bowie

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