Friday, 21 May 2010

The 25 Best Heavy Metal Albums of the 1970's


The 25 best heavy metal albums from the 1970's (and late 1960's) are shown below. The list represents the combined opinion of numerous heavy metal fans: the points used to develop the rankings are derived from more than 70 heavy metal lists shown here.

Links are provided to the review pages for albums reviewed on The Ace Black Blog. The reviews are the independent opinion of the Blog and do not always agree with combined popular opinion of metal fans. The Ace Black Blog's ranked list of all-time best metal album is here.

When the points for two or more albums are equal, the tie breakers in order are (1) the number of lists that the album appeared on (higher is better); (2) highest position achieved on any list; and (3) earliest release date.

The list of 50 All-Time Best Heavy Metal Albums compiles the results from all decades.

Separate Top 25 lists are also provided by decade, for the Eighties, Nineties, and Noughties.


The 25 Best Heavy Metal Albums of the 1970's

Rank 25
Sex Pistols
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)
33 points



















Rank 24
Blue Oyster Cult
Secret Treaties (1974)
33 points





















Rank 23
Montrose
Montrose (1973)
39 points




















Rank 22
Rush
2112 (1976)
39 points





















Rank 21
Judas Priest
Stained Class (1978)
40 points



















Rank 20
Deep Purple
Made In Japan (1972)
43 points




















Rank 19
Alice Cooper
Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
49 points





















Rank 18
Kiss
Alive! (1975)
55 points





















Rank 17
Kiss
Destroyer (1976)
61 points





















Rank 16
Thin Lizzy
Jailbreak (1976)
61 points





















Rank 15
Black Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
69 points





















Rank 14
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin (1969)
73 points





















Rank 13
Rainbow
Rising (1976)
79 points




















Rank 12
Judas Priest
Sad Wings Of Destiny (1976)
86 points





















Rank 11
Aerosmith
Rocks (1976)
94 points





















Rank 10
AC/DC
Highway To Hell (1979)
101 points





















Rank 9
Deep Purple
In Rock (1970)
113 points





















Rank 8
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
124 points





















Rank 7
Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti (1975)
133 points





















Rank 6
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
133 points





















Rank 5
Deep Purple
Machine Head (1972)
143 points





















Rank 4
Black Sabbath
Master Of Reality (1971)
184 points





















Rank 3
Van Halen
Van Halen (1978)
195 points





















Rank 2
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath (1970)
231 points





















Rank 1
Black Sabbath
Paranoid (1970)
535 points






















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