Top Albums of 1979

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 6 The Clash London Calling Punk Rock
2 60 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Post-Punk
3 109 Michael Jackson Off the Wall Disco, Pop
4 145 Pink Floyd The Wall Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock Opera
5 148 Gang of Four Entertainment! Post-Punk
6 153 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
7 186 The Specials Specials 2 Tone
8 225 Public Image Ltd. Metal Box/Second Edition Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
9 245 Talking Heads Fear of Music Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
10 257 AC/DC Highway to Hell Hard Rock
11 368 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces New Wave, Pop Rock
12 373 The Police Reggatta de Blanc New Wave, Pop Rock
13 445 The B-52's The B-52's New Wave
14 488 Chic Risqué Disco
15 513 The Undertones The Undertones Pop Punk
16 582 Marianne Faithfull Broken English Art Pop, New Wave
17 638 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
18 649 The Slits Cut Post-Punk
19 753 Madness One Step Beyond... 2 Tone
20 815 XTC Drums and Wires New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-Punk
21 819 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys/Boys Don't Cry Post-Punk
22 830 Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material Punk Rock
23 839 Graham Parker & The Rumour Squeezing Out Sparks Power Pop, Pub Rock
24 844 Supertramp Breakfast in America Pop Rock, Progressive Pop
25 905 Wire 154 Art Punk, Post-Punk
26 911 The Pop Group Y Art Punk, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
27 978 Motörhead Overkill Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
28 988 The Jam Setting Sons Mod Revival, New Wave
29 1041 Joe Jackson Look Sharp! New Wave, Power Pop
30 1221 Ramones It's Alive Punk Rock
31 1253 Donna Summer Bad Girls Disco
32 1291 Throbbing Gristle 20 Jazz Funk Greats Industrial
33 1383 Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
34 1530 Sister Sledge We Are Family Disco, Pop Soul
35 1535 Serge Gainsbourg Aux armes et caetera Reggae     
36 1575 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Rust Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
37 1583 Germs (GI) Hardcore Punk     
38 1602 Betty Carter The Audience with Betty Carter Vocal Jazz
39 1755 Ry Cooder Bop Till You Drop Roots Rock
40 1772 The Raincoats The Raincoats Art Punk, Post-Punk
41 1816 Linton Kwesi Johnson Forces of Victory Dub Poetry
42 1910 Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach Minimalism, Opera
43 1914 Fleetwood Mac Tusk Pop Rock
44 2074 Van Morrison Into the Music Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
45 2097 The Roches The Roches Folk Pop
46 2122 The Fall Live at the Witch Trials Post-Punk
47 2153 Tubeway Army Replicas New Wave, Synthpop     
48 2156 David Bowie Lodger Art Rock
49 2213 Blondie Eat to the Beat New Wave, Pop Rock
50 2222 Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up Industrial, Minimal Wave
51 2242 Camarón La leyenda del tiempo Flamenco Nuevo     
52 2283 Scorpions Lovedrive Hard Rock, Heavy Metal     
53 2343 The Residents Eskimo Experimental
54 2371 The Stranglers The Raven New Wave, Post-Punk     
55 2437 Thin Lizzy Black Rose - A Rock Legend Hard Rock     
56 2451 Joe Jackson I'm the Man New Wave, Power Pop
57 2454 James Chance & The Contortions Buy No Wave
58 2475 Nick Lowe Labour of Lust Power Pop, Pub Rock
59 2498 Earth, Wind & Fire I Am Disco, Funk
60 2502 The Fall Dragnet Post-Punk
61 2544 Robert Fripp Exposure Art Rock, Experimental Rock
62 2565 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle New Wave, Synthpop
63 2587 ZZ Top Degüello Blues Rock, Southern Rock
64 2591 The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette Punk Rock
65 2649 Tom Verlaine Tom Verlaine Art Punk, Post-Punk
66 2677 The Ruts The Crack Punk Rock     
67 2762 Dave Edmunds Repeat when Necessary Rock & Roll, Roots Rock
68 2766 Van Halen Van Halen II Hard Rock
69 2794 Art Ensemble of Chicago Nice Guys Avant-Garde Jazz     
70 2835 Bob Marley and The Wailers Survival Roots Reggae
71 2883 Air [USA] Air Lore Avant-Garde Jazz     
72 2942 Magazine Secondhand Daylight Art Punk, Post-Punk

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