Top Albums of 1979





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
7
The Clash London Calling Punk Rock
2
66
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Post-Punk
3
109
Michael Jackson Off the Wall Disco, Pop
4
154
Pink Floyd The Wall Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock Opera
5
155
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
6
163
Gang of Four Entertainment! Post-Punk
7
183
The Specials Specials 2 Tone
8
233
Public Image Ltd. Metal Box/Second Edition Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
9
262
Talking Heads Fear of Music New Wave, Post-Punk
10
265
AC/DC Highway to Hell Hard Rock
11
368
The Police Reggatta de Blanc New Wave, Pop Rock
12
398
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces New Wave, Pop Rock
13
462
The B-52's The B-52's New Wave
14
529
Chic Risqué Disco
15
532
The Undertones The Undertones Pop Punk
16
610
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
17
615
Marianne Faithfull Broken English Art Pop, New Wave
18
642
The Slits Cut Post-Punk
19
752
Madness One Step Beyond... 2 Tone
20
848
Supertramp Breakfast in America Pop Rock, Progressive Pop
21
873
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material Punk Rock
22
883
XTC Drums and Wires New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-Punk
23
911
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys/Boys Don't Cry Post-Punk
24
935
Graham Parker & The Rumour Squeezing Out Sparks Power Pop, Pub Rock
25
1017
The Pop Group Y Art Punk, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
26
1034
Wire 154 Art Punk, Post-Punk
27
1110
The Jam Setting Sons Mod Revival, New Wave
28
1128
Joe Jackson Look Sharp! New Wave, Power Pop
29
1184
Motörhead Overkill Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
30
1204
Ramones It's Alive Punk Rock
31
1215
Donna Summer Bad Girls Disco
32
1292
Throbbing Gristle 20 Jazz Funk Greats Industrial
33
1339
Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
34
1382
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Rust Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
35
1552
Serge Gainsbourg Aux armes et caetera Reggae
36
1632
Betty Carter The Audience with Betty Carter Vocal Jazz
37
1732
The Raincoats The Raincoats Art Punk, Post-Punk
38
1741
Sister Sledge We Are Family Disco, Pop Soul
39
1745
Germs (GI) Hardcore Punk
40
1814
Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach Minimalism, Opera
41
1839
Fleetwood Mac Tusk Pop Rock
42
1922
Linton Kwesi Johnson Forces of Victory Dub Poetry
43
1946
Camarón La leyenda del tiempo Flamenco Nuevo
44
1952
ZZ Top Degüello Blues Rock, Southern Rock
45
2083
Ry Cooder Bop Till You Drop Roots Rock
46
2142
The Residents Eskimo Experimental
47
2206
The Roches The Roches Folk Pop
48
2243
The Fall Live at the Witch Trials Post-Punk
49
2322
David Bowie Lodger Art Rock
50
2370
Van Morrison Into the Music Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
51
2409
The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette Punk Rock
52
2415
Blondie Eat to the Beat New Wave, Pop Rock
53
2478
Tubeway Army Replicas New Wave, Synthpop
54
2484
Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up Industrial, Minimal Wave
55
2540
Scorpions Lovedrive Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
56
2607
James Chance & The Contortions Buy No Wave
57
2639
The Stranglers The Raven New Wave, Post-Punk
58
2645
Air [USA] Air Lore Avant-Garde Jazz
59
2650
Van Halen Van Halen II Hard Rock
60
2670
Nick Lowe Labour of Lust Power Pop, Pub Rock
61
2674
Robert Fripp Exposure Art Rock, Experimental Rock
62
2680
The Fall Dragnet Post-Punk
63
2688
Art Ensemble of Chicago Nice Guys Avant-Garde Jazz
64
2739
Joe Jackson I'm the Man New Wave, Power Pop
65
2754
Thin Lizzy Black Rose - A Rock Legend Hard Rock
66
2876
Earth, Wind & Fire I Am Disco, Funk
67
2905
Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle New Wave, Synthpop
68
2934
Bob Marley and The Wailers Survival Roots Reggae
69
2944
The Ruts The Crack Punk Rock
70
2996
Tom Verlaine Tom Verlaine Art Punk, Post-Punk

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Dave Edmunds Repeat when Necessary Rock & Roll, Roots Rock
Frank Zappa Sheik Yerbouti Art Rock, Experimental Rock
Buzzcocks A Different Kind of Tension Punk Rock
Magazine Secondhand Daylight Art Punk, Post-Punk
This Heat This Heat Experimental Rock
Yellow Magic Orchestra Solid State Survivor Synthpop
The Human League Reproduction Minimal Synth, New Wave, Synthpop
Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming Christian Rock, Singer/Songwriter
UFO Strangers in the Night Hard Rock
Lucio Dalla Lucio Dalla Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Holger Czukay Movies Art Rock, Krautrock
Ebba Grön We're Only in It for the Drugs Punk Rock
The Only Ones Even Serpents Shine New Wave, Power Pop
Judas Priest Unleashed in the East - Live in Japan Heavy Metal
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Act 1 Comedy Rock, Experimental Rock, Rock Opera
Iggy Pop New Values New Wave, Punk Rock
Old and New Dreams Old and New Dreams [1979] Avant-Garde Jazz
The Cars Candy-O New Wave, Pop Rock
Sarah Vaughan Duke Ellington Song Book One Vocal Jazz
Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden Soapsuds Soapsuds Free Jazz
Sarah Vaughan Duke Ellington Song Book Two Vocal Jazz
Pere Ubu New Picnic Time Art Punk, Post-Punk
Japan Quiet Life Art Pop, New Romantic
Chrome Half Machine Lip Moves Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
The Crusaders Street Life Jazz Pop
Smokey Robinson Where There's Smoke.. Soul
Lowell George Thanks, I'll Eat It Here Pop Rock
Swell Maps A Trip to Marineville Art Punk, Post-Punk
Squeeze Cool for Cats New Wave