Top Albums of 1970





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
54
Neil Young After the Gold Rush Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
2
71
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
84
Miles Davis Bitches Brew Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion
4
88
Derek and The Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Blues Rock
5
96
The Stooges Fun House Garage Rock, Proto-Punk
6
99
Van Morrison Moondance Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
7
123
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water Folk Pop, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8
147
Black Sabbath Paranoid Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
9
172
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu Folk Rock
10
191
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory Swamp Rock
11
207
Santana Abraxas Latin Rock
12
259
The Velvet Underground Loaded Pop Rock
13
274
The Who Live at Leeds Hard Rock
14
286
George Harrison All Things Must Pass Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
15
379
Deep Purple Deep Purple in Rock Hard Rock
16
411
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III Folk Rock, Hard Rock
17
423
Grateful Dead American Beauty Country Rock, Folk Rock
18
440
James Brown Sex Machine Funk, Soul
19
475
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
20
477
Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead Country Rock, Folk Rock
21
482
Randy Newman 12 Songs Singer/Songwriter
22
513
Curtis Mayfield Curtis Chicago Soul
23
539
James Taylor Sweet Baby James Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
24
542
The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! Rock
25
597
The Beatles Let It Be Pop Rock
26
629
Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die Progressive Rock
27
660
Various Artists Woodstock Contemporary Folk, Film Soundtrack, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
28
720
Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Singer/Songwriter
29
757
Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
30
762
Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
31
788
MC5 Back in the USA Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk, Rock & Roll
32
831
Tim Buckley Starsailor Avant-Folk, Experimental Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
33
836
Free Fire and Water Hard Rock
34
958
The Soft Machine Third Canterbury Scene, Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
35
1060
The Last Poets The Last Poets Poetry
36
1081
The Doors Morrison Hotel Acid Rock, Blues Rock
37
1188
Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Blue Eyed Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Rock
38
1269
The Kinks Lola versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One Pop Rock
39
1333
Rod Stewart Gasoline Alley Blues Rock, Folk Rock
40
1373
Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus Psychedelic Rock
41
1415
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Experimental Big Band
42
1472
Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago Comme à la Radio Chamber Jazz
43
1496
Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
44
1599
The Beach Boys Sunflower Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop
45
1705
David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World Glam Rock
46
1729
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson/Me and Bobby McGee Outlaw Country, Singer/Songwriter
47
1778
The Doors Absolutely Live Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
48
1796
Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie Avant-Garde Jazz, Film Soundtrack
49
1806
The Meters Look-Ka Py Py Funk
50
1825
Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark Deep Soul
51
1834
Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
52
2018
Stephen Stills Stephen Stills Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
53
2053
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby Art Rock, Experimental Rock
54
2107
The Original London Concept Recording Jesus Christ Superstar Rock Opera, Show Tunes
55
2133
Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
56
2202
Otis Redding/The Jimi Hendrix Experience Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Soul
57
2258
Amon Düül II Yeti Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
58
2363
Donny Hathaway Everything Is Everything Chicago Soul
59
2393
Third Ear Band Third Ear Band Free Folk, Progressive Folk
60
2414
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
61
2434
Nico Desertshore Avant-Folk, Chamber Folk
62
2466
Van Morrison His Band and The Street Choir Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
63
2471
Linda Perhacs Parallelograms Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
64
2548
Elton John Elton John Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
65
2550
Delaney & Bonnie Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour with Eric Clapton Blue Eyed Soul, Blues Rock
66
2582
Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship Blows Against the Empire Psychedelic Rock
67
2618
Funkadelic Funkadelic Funk Rock, P-Funk
68
2698
John Phillips John Phillips (John the Wolfking of L.A.) Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
69
2706
Syd Barrett Barrett Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Rock
70
2792
Jesse Winchester Jesse Winchester Singer/Songwriter
71
2799
Van der Graaf Generator H to He: Who Am the Only One Progressive Rock
72
2823
Swamp Dogg Total Destruction to Your Mind Soul
73
2840
Badfinger No Dice Power Pop
74
2854
I Roy Version Galore Deejay
75
2859
Bill Fay Bill Fay Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter
76
2926
Carpenters Close to You Pop
77
2928
The Temptations Psychedelic Shack Psychedelic Soul
78
2966
Funkadelic Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow Funk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
79
2990
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer Progressive Rock

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Mountain Climbing! Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Peter Green The End of the Game Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock
The Band Stage Fright Folk Rock, Roots Rock
The Move Shazam Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock
Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum Country Rock, Roots Rock
Emitt Rhodes Emitt Rhodes Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Willie Dixon I Am the Blues Chicago Blues
Freddie Hubbard Red Clay Post-Bop, Soul Jazz
Bob Dylan New Morning Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South Blues Rock, Southern Rock
Jackson 5 ABC Funk, Pop Soul
The Guess Who American Woman Hard Rock
Dusty Springfield From Dusty ... with Love/A Brand New Me Blue Eyed Soul
James Gang Rides Again Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Eric Burdon & War Eric Burdon Declares War Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Soul
B.B. King Indianola Mississippi Seeds Electric Blues
The Flying Burrito Bros Burrito Deluxe Country Rock
John Coltrane Transition Avant-Garde Jazz
Hot Tuna Hot Tuna Acoustic Blues
Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Rebels Roots Reggae
Charles Mingus The Great Concert of Charles Mingus Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
The Maytals Monkey Man Reggae
John Cale Vintage Violence Art Rock, Baroque Pop
Little Feat Little Feat Roots Rock, Southern Rock
John McLaughlin Devotion Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
The Byrds (Untitled) Country Rock, Folk Rock
The Pretty Things Parachute Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock
Fairport Convention Full House British Folk Rock
The Mothers of Invention Burnt Weeny Sandwich Avant-Prog, Jazz-Rock
High Tide High Tide Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
The Mothers of Invention Weasels Ripped My Flesh Avant-Prog
Lindisfarne Nicely out of Tune British Folk Rock
Ornette Coleman The Art of the Improvisers Free Jazz
The J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band Blues Rock
Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed & Delivered Soul
Shirley & Dolly Collins Love, Death & the Lady English Folk Music
Johnny Winter Johnny Winter And Blues Rock
King Crimson In the Wake of Poseidon Art Rock, Progressive Rock
Alice Coltrane Ptah, the El Daoud Spiritual Jazz
Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge Experimental Rock, Jazz-Rock
Yoko Ono Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band Experimental Rock
Essra Mohawk Primordial Lovers Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Michael Nesmith Magnetic South Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Cables What Kind of World Rocksteady