Top Albums of 1970

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 53 Neil Young After the Gold Rush Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
2 68 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3 81 Derek and The Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Blues Rock
4 92 Miles Davis Bitches Brew Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion
5 98 The Stooges Fun House Garage Rock, Proto-Punk
6 102 Van Morrison Moondance Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
7 119 Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water Folk Pop, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
8 132 Black Sabbath Paranoid Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
9 171 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu Folk Rock
10 178 Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory Swamp Rock
11 215 Santana Abraxas Latin Rock
12 262 The Velvet Underground Loaded Pop Rock
13 266 Nick Drake Bryter Layter Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
14 292 George Harrison All Things Must Pass Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
15 296 The Who Live at Leeds Hard Rock
16 338 Deep Purple Deep Purple in Rock Hard Rock
17 380 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III Folk Rock, Hard Rock
18 400 James Brown Sex Machine Funk, Soul
19 416 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
20 425 Grateful Dead American Beauty Country Rock, Folk Rock
21 479 Randy Newman 12 Songs Singer/Songwriter
22 481 James Taylor Sweet Baby James Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
23 502 Grateful Dead Workingman's Dead Country Rock, Folk Rock
24 507 Curtis Mayfield Curtis Chicago Soul
25 516 The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! Rock
26 563 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die Progressive Rock
27 576 The Beatles Let It Be Pop Rock
28 671 Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
29 679 Various Artists Woodstock Contemporary Folk, Film Soundtrack, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
30 699 Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
31 700 Free Fire and Water Hard Rock
32 708 Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Singer/Songwriter
33 737 MC5 Back in the USA Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk, Rock & Roll
34 745 Tim Buckley Starsailor Avant-Folk, Experimental Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
35 792 The Soft Machine Third Canterbury Scene, Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock
36 979 The Doors Morrison Hotel Acid Rock, Blues Rock
37 1065 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Blue Eyed Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Rock
38 1191 The Last Poets The Last Poets Poetry
39 1192 The Kinks Lola versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One Pop Rock
40 1222 Rod Stewart Gasoline Alley Blues Rock, Folk Rock
41 1242 Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus Psychedelic Rock
42 1452 Joni Mitchell Ladies of the Canyon Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
43 1485 The Beach Boys Sunflower Pop Rock, Sunshine Pop
44 1666 Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson/Me and Bobby McGee Outlaw Country, Singer/Songwriter
45 1673 The Meters Look-Ka Py Py Funk
46 1713 Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
47 1736 The Doors Absolutely Live Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
48 1764 David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World Glam Rock
49 1779 Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark Deep Soul
50 1830 Stephen Stills Stephen Stills Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
51 1847 Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra Experimental Big Band
52 1905 Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago Comme à la Radio Chamber Jazz
53 1958 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby Art Rock, Experimental Rock
54 2034 Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter
55 2046 Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie Avant-Garde Jazz, Film Soundtrack
56 2073 Amon Düül II Yeti Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock
57 2099 Otis Redding/The Jimi Hendrix Experience Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Soul
58 2139 Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
59 2216 Third Ear Band Third Ear Band Free Folk, Progressive Folk
60 2254 Donny Hathaway Everything Is Everything Chicago Soul
61 2309 The Original London Concept Recording Jesus Christ Superstar Rock Opera, Show Tunes
62 2341 Elton John Elton John Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
63 2347 Nico Desertshore Avant-Folk, Chamber Folk
64 2382 Van Morrison His Band and The Street Choir Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
65 2406 Funkadelic Funkadelic Funk Rock, P-Funk
66 2415 John Phillips John Phillips (John the Wolfking of L.A.) Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
67 2464 Delaney & Bonnie Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour with Eric Clapton Blue Eyed Soul, Blues Rock
68 2598 Syd Barrett Barrett Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Rock     
69 2607 Carpenters Close to You Pop
70 2633 Swamp Dogg Total Destruction to Your Mind Soul     
71 2653 Mountain Climbing! Blues Rock, Hard Rock     
72 2672 I Roy Version Galore Deejay
73 2707 Peter Green The End of the Game Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock
74 2715 The Temptations Psychedelic Shack Psychedelic Soul
75 2717 Funkadelic Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow Funk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
76 2801 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer Progressive Rock
77 2803 Jesse Winchester Jesse Winchester Singer/Songwriter
78 2853 The Band Stage Fright Folk Rock, Roots Rock

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship Blows Against the Empire Psychedelic Rock     
Van der Graaf Generator H to He: Who Am the Only One Progressive Rock
The Move Shazam Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock
Bill Fay Bill Fay Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter     
Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum Country Rock, Roots Rock
Badfinger No Dice Power Pop
Bob Dylan New Morning Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Eric Burdon & War Eric Burdon Declares War Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Soul
Jackson 5 ABC Funk, Pop Soul
The Guess Who American Woman Hard Rock     
The Allman Brothers Band Idlewild South Blues Rock, Southern Rock
Freddie Hubbard Red Clay Post-Bop, Soul Jazz     
Linda Perhacs Parallelograms Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter     
James Gang Rides Again Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Willie Dixon I Am the Blues Chicago Blues     
Dusty Springfield From Dusty ... with Love/A Brand New Me Blue Eyed Soul     
Emitt Rhodes Emitt Rhodes Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
John Coltrane Transition Avant-Garde Jazz
Charles Mingus The Great Concert of Charles Mingus Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop
Little Feat Little Feat Roots Rock, Southern Rock
Bob Marley and The Wailers Soul Rebels Roots Reggae
B.B. King Indianola Mississippi Seeds Electric Blues
The Maytals Monkey Man Reggae
John Cale Vintage Violence Art Rock, Baroque Pop     
The Byrds (Untitled) Country Rock, Folk Rock
Hot Tuna Hot Tuna Acoustic Blues
John McLaughlin Devotion Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock     
High Tide High Tide Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock     
The Pretty Things Parachute Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock     
The J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band Blues Rock
Fairport Convention Full House British Folk Rock
Lindisfarne Nicely out of Tune British Folk Rock
The Flying Burrito Bros Burrito Deluxe Country Rock
The Mothers of Invention Burnt Weeny Sandwich Avant-Prog, Jazz-Rock     
Ornette Coleman The Art of the Improvisers Free Jazz
The Mothers of Invention Weasels Ripped My Flesh Avant-Prog     
Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed & Delivered Soul
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
Shirley & Dolly Collins Love, Death & the Lady English Folk Music
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
The Cables What Kind of World Rocksteady
Michael Nesmith Magnetic South Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter