Top Albums of 1978





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
87
Elvis Costello This Year's Model New Wave, Pop Rock
2
112
Blondie Parallel Lines New Wave, Pop Rock
3
114
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter
4
238
Kraftwerk Die Mensch Maschine/The Man Machine Synthpop
5
248
Van Halen Van Halen Hard Rock
6
267
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove Funk Rock, P-Funk
7
303
Pere Ubu The Modern Dance Art Punk, Post-Punk
8
309
The Jam All Mod Cons Mod Revival, New Wave, Power Pop
9
317
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
10
337
Big Star The Third Album/Sister Lovers Power Pop
11
406
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
12
451
The Police Outlandos D'Amour New Wave, Pop Rock
13
465
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous Hard Rock
14
470
The Rolling Stones Some Girls Rock
15
520
Dire Straits Dire Straits Rock
16
546
Kate Bush The Kick Inside Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
17
624
Wire Chairs Missing Art Punk, Post-Punk
18
664
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians Minimalism
19
705
The Cars The Cars New Wave, Pop Rock
20
741
Buzzcocks Another Music in a Different Kitchen Punk Rock
21
792
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear Smooth Soul
22
824
Chic C'Est Chic Disco
23
862
X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents Punk Rock
24
878
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports Ambient
25
917
Patti Smith Group Easter Rock
26
936
Cheap Trick At Budokan Hard Rock, Power Pop
27
975
Willie Nelson Stardust Standards
28
978
Pere Ubu Dub Housing Art Punk, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
29
1033
Magazine Real Life Art Punk, Post-Punk
30
1048
The Band The Last Waltz Folk Rock
31
1131
Siouxsie and The Banshees The Scream Post-Punk
32
1359
Tom Waits Blue Valentine Singer/Songwriter
33
1365
The Clash Give 'em Enough Rope Punk Rock
34
1383
The Only Ones The Only Ones New Wave, Power Pop
35
1507
AC/DC If You Want Blood, You've Got It Hard Rock
36
1617
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) Art Rock, Experimental Rock
37
1629
Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People New Wave, Power Pop, Pub Rock
38
1633
The Adverts Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts Punk Rock
39
1667
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades Siembra Salsa Dura
40
1760
Bob Marley and The Wailers Babylon by Bus Roots Reggae
41
1829
Warren Zevon Excitable Boy Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
42
1852
Public Image Ltd. Public Image - First Issue Art Punk, Post-Punk
43
1899
Various Artists No New York No Wave
44
1985
The Saints Eternally Yours Punk Rock
45
2008
Nina Hagen Band Nina Hagen Band Deutschrock
46
2044
Albert Collins Ice Pickin' Electric Texas Blues
47
2102
Lou Reed Street Hassle Glam Rock
48
2162
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny Group Jazz Fusion
49
2165
Buzzcocks Love Bites Pop Punk
50
2216
Joe Ely Honky Tonk Masquerade Country Rock, Outlaw Country
51
2314
Bob Marley and The Wailers Kaya Roots Reggae
52
2337
Steel Pulse Handsworth Revolution Roots Reggae
53
2394
Television Adventure New Wave, Post-Punk
54
2440
AC/DC Powerage Hard Rock
55
2488
Ramones Road to Ruin Punk Rock
56
2632
Billy Joel 52nd Street Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
57
2728
Herman Brood & His Wild Romance Shpritsz Rock & Roll
58
2746
Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight Hard Rock, Power Pop
59
2758
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Stranger in Town Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
60
2821
Lee Perry Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread Roots Reggae
61
2886
Little Feat Waiting for Columbus Southern Rock
62
2950
The Stranglers Black & White Post-Punk, Punk Rock
63
2980
Gerry Rafferty City to City Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Burning Spear Marcus' Children/Social Living Roots Reggae
Poet and the Roots Dread, Beat an' Blood Dub Poetry
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Hearts of Stone Rock & Roll
Rainbow Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Dave Edmunds Tracks on Wax 4 Rock & Roll, Roots Rock
David Johansen David Johansen Rock & Roll
Generation X Generation X Punk Rock
Parliament Motor Booty Affair P-Funk
Evan Parker Monoceros Free Improvisation
Throbbing Gristle DOA: Third and Final Report Industrial
XTC White Music New Wave, Post-Punk
The Kinks Misfits Pop Rock
Keith Jarrett My Song ECM Style Jazz
The Residents Not Available Experimental, Experimental Rock
The Rezillos Can't Stand The Rezillos Pop Punk
Neil Young Comes a Time Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
The Jacksons Destiny Disco, Funk
Dr. Alimantado Best Dressed Chicken in Town Deejay, Roots Reggae
Bob Dylan Street Legal Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Ultravox Systems of Romance New Wave, Post-Punk
Peter Tosh Bush Doctor Roots Reggae
Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy? Player of the Year P-Funk