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Best Album of the ’70s

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Posted by admin On August - 12 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Ezra Furman proclaimed John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band the greatest album of the 70s. It’s a fantastic album, no doubt. I’m on an unhealthy number of listens (around 15 all the way through in 24 hours) but I don’t think I’d ever say it’s the best. For a decade that some noobs think had nothing but disco, the 70s contain some of the best music ever made.

My Top 25 (In semi-serious order)

Band of Gypsy’s, Led Zeppelin I, IV, Let It Be, Wish You Were Here, Who’s Next, II, Dark Side of The Moon, Blood on the Tracks, All Things Must Pass, After The Goldrush, Blue, Hunky Dory, Houses of The Holy, 77, Electric Warrior, London Calling, The Harder They Come, Bitches Brew, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Physical Graffiti, Exile on Main Street, There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Innervisions…There are so many more!

As with the Top American Bands of All-Time post, I’ll open it up to discussion and then re-post after considering your opinions.

Pitchfork put Plastic Ono Band at #60. Where does it rank for you? What’s your top 10?

9 Responses

  1. Hodgkinson, R Said,

    The Doors – Morrison Hotel / Absolutely Live. Both released in 1970

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

  2. Matthew Said,

    layla and other assorted love songs
    workingmans dead
    who’s next
    paranoid
    any james brown, ray charles, stevie wonder, sly stone
    any costello
    sex pistols nevermind the blockheads
    let it be
    band of gypsies
    deja vu
    john barley corn must die
    any clash
    any al green
    any miles davis
    the specials- the specials
    loaded
    paul simon-paul simon
    creedance that was released then
    the stooges- fun house
    morrison hotel
    any floyd
    any herbie hancock

    i think we can go on and on and on and on, there are just a ton of great albums of the 70s

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

  3. Matthew Said,

    i forgot abraxas, one of my personal faves

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

  4. Jeff Said,

    just to spite those elitist bastards at pitckfork i’m gonna say After the gold rush-Neil Young is my #1 from the 70s…It isn’t but pitckfork rated it as #99

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

  5. Matthew Said,

    jef, i think thats a worthy assesment, after the gold rush is phenomonal

    don’t forget about apostrophe and overnite-sensation

    1970s, underrated?

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

  6. Anonymous Said,

    Nick Drake- Bryter Layter
    Gang Of Four- Entertainment
    Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures
    Bob Dylan- Blood On The Tracks
    Brian Eno- Here Come The Warm Jets
    David Bowie- Hunky Dory
    Bruce Springsteen- The Wild, The Innocent, The E Street Shuffle.
    Modern Lovers- Modern Lovers
    Elvis Costello- My Aim IS True
    Clash- London Calling
    Iggy & The Stooges- Raw Power
    Tom Waits- Small Change

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

  7. Cerberus2342 Said,

    In alpha order by artist:

    Black Sabbath
    Blood on the Tracks
    Darkness on the Edge of Town
    London Calling
    Ziggy Stardust
    Honky Chateau
    My Aim is True
    Late for the Sky
    Plastic Ono Band
    Blue
    Trans-Europe Express
    Physical Graffiti
    What’s Going On
    Pink Moon
    McCartney
    Wish You Were Here
    Exile on Main Street
    Marquee Moon
    Moondance
    Who’s Next

    -JCB

    Posted on August 13th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

  8. Jonathan Walton Said,

    whoever thinks the doors had anything to do with the best album of the seventies is an idiot. that may be a little harsh, they just have poor taste. its easier to say what doesn’t belong. I’m gonna say My Aim is True by Elvis Costello because it doesn’t get enough love. I think you’re supposed to base this shit on its importance, so then maybe Let It Be, London Calling. About Pitchfork, they have Low by Bowie as number one. Good album, but come on. number one??!? o

    Posted on August 15th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

  9. Festival Crashers » Blog Archive » Festival Crashers 1,000th Post Said,

    […] Best album of the ’70s Ezra Furman says Plastic Ono Band. I say potato. […]

    Posted on March 9th, 2010 at 10:14 am

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