Top Albums of 1978

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 82 Elvis Costello This Year's Model New Wave, Pop Rock
2 101 Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3 107 Blondie Parallel Lines New Wave, Pop Rock
4 230 Kraftwerk Die Mensch Maschine/The Man Machine Synthpop
5 240 Van Halen Van Halen Hard Rock
6 246 Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove Funk Rock, P-Funk
7 264 The Jam All Mod Cons Mod Revival, New Wave, Power Pop
8 272 Pere Ubu The Modern Dance Art Punk, Post-Punk
9 295 Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
10 315 Big Star The Third Album/Sister Lovers Power Pop
11 375 Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
12 431 Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous Hard Rock
13 433 The Police Outlandos D'Amour New Wave, Pop Rock
14 464 The Rolling Stones Some Girls Rock
15 482 Dire Straits Dire Straits Rock
16 537 Kate Bush The Kick Inside Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
17 556 Wire Chairs Missing Art Punk, Post-Punk
18 659 Buzzcocks Another Music in a Different Kitchen Punk Rock
19 682 The Cars The Cars New Wave, Pop Rock
20 734 Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians Minimalism
21 773 X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents Punk Rock
22 808 Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear Smooth Soul
23 825 Chic C'Est Chic Disco
24 850 Patti Smith Group Easter Rock
25 906 Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports Ambient
26 908 Pere Ubu Dub Housing Art Punk, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
27 991 Cheap Trick At Budokan Hard Rock, Power Pop
28 1004 Magazine Real Life Art Punk, Post-Punk
29 1007 The Band The Last Waltz Folk Rock
30 1025 Siouxsie and The Banshees The Scream Post-Punk
31 1050 Willie Nelson Stardust Standards
32 1299 The Clash Give 'em Enough Rope Punk Rock
33 1313 AC/DC If You Want Blood, You've Got It Hard Rock
34 1436 Tom Waits Blue Valentine Singer/Songwriter
35 1444 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) Art Rock, Experimental Rock
36 1475 Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People New Wave, Power Pop, Pub Rock
37 1524 The Only Ones The Only Ones New Wave, Power Pop
38 1604 The Adverts Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts Punk Rock
39 1626 Warren Zevon Excitable Boy Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
40 1653 Public Image Ltd. Public Image - First Issue Art Punk, Post-Punk
41 1776 Bob Marley and The Wailers Babylon by Bus Roots Reggae
42 1808 The Saints Eternally Yours Punk Rock
43 1911 Willie Colón & Rubén Blades Siembra Salsa Dura
44 1925 Nina Hagen Band Nina Hagen Band Deutschrock     
45 1941 Buzzcocks Love Bites Pop Punk
46 2050 Albert Collins Ice Pickin' Electric Texas Blues
47 2110 Joe Ely Honky Tonk Masquerade Country Rock, Outlaw Country
48 2125 Lou Reed Street Hassle Glam Rock
49 2129 Various Artists No New York No Wave
50 2134 Steel Pulse Handsworth Revolution Roots Reggae
51 2171 Pat Metheny Pat Metheny Group Jazz Fusion
52 2233 Television Adventure New Wave, Post-Punk
53 2263 Bob Marley and The Wailers Kaya Roots Reggae
54 2344 Ramones Road to Ruin Punk Rock
55 2539 The Stranglers Black & White Post-Punk, Punk Rock
56 2560 Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight Hard Rock, Power Pop
57 2628 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Stranger in Town Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
58 2641 Herman Brood & His Wild Romance Shpritsz Rock & Roll     
59 2694 Gerry Rafferty City to City Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
60 2729 Lee Perry Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread Roots Reggae
61 2788 AC/DC Powerage Hard Rock     
62 2903 Little Feat Waiting for Columbus Southern Rock
63 2919 Billy Joel 52nd Street Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
64 2981 Burning Spear Marcus' Children/Social Living Roots Reggae

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