Rolling Stone Albums/Songs of the Year 1968-1976 and 1979

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Rolling Stone Albums/Songs of the Year 1968-1976 and 1979

Postby Live in Phoenix » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:55 pm

The Rolling Stone (USA) - Albums of the Year link leads to http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/rolling.htm, which is an excellent site but is sketchy on the earlier years. I didn't even know there WERE earlier years, but I stumbled upon a (discredited) factoid elsewhere that The Pretty Things' Parachute album was the Rolling Stone album of the year for 1970 (or 1971), based on an inaccurate 4/10/75 article. I went ahead and subscribed to the Rolling Stone archives, and found out that Rolling Stone even has 1967 awards.

The 1967 awards are basically cheeky or bizarre (The Rolling Stone Double Barrel Shotgun Award, The Rolling Stone Up Creeque Alley Without A Paddle Award), and these sorts of awards continue for many years. By the 1968 awards, though, they begin to award songs and albums, although the classifications are unusual. (Perhaps a "track" stops being a "track" when it's released as a single.) I have used my rudimentary computer skills to provide screen shots. I've also occasionally included a few awards in this post of some historical interest, though my only real concern was Album(s) and Song(s) of the Year, as Rolling Stone originally presented it all.

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1968

Feb 1, 1969 issue - THE YEAR IN REVIEW & The Rolling Stone Awards
"It Happened in 1968"
THE BEST OF 1968

Song of the Year: "Hey Jude" by the Beatles.
Track of the Year: "Sympathy For The Devil" by the Rolling Stones.
(Runner-up: "The Weight" from Music From Big Pink).
["Their album, Music from Big Pink, was received warmly, particularly the track released as a single, "The Weight."]
Album of the Year: The Beatles.
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English Album of the Year: Beggar's Banquet.
American Album of the Year: John Wesley Harding.
American Rock and Roll Album of the Year: Music From Big Pink.
American and British Rock and Roll Album of the Year: Electric Ladyland.
Record Company of the Year: Atlantic Records.

On a separate page, Jeff Beck wins the Annual Robert Christgau Erect Left Nipple Award.

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1969

Feb 7, 1970 issue
It Happened in 1969:
Rolling Stone Annual Awards for Idiocy, Evil and Profundity in the Arts and Culture.

Best Rock and Roll Band of All Times: The Rolling Stones.

Track of the Year: "Gimmie Shelter."
Best Album of the Year: (First Six months) Nashville Skyline; (Second Six Months) Let It Bleed.
Best Soul Single of the Year: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," by Marvin Gaye.
Best Singles of the Year: "Honky Tonk Women," "Come Together," "Proud Mary," "Games People Play."
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Honorable Mention British LP of the Year: Arthur, the Kinks.
Best Soul Album of 1969 Award, Love Man, Otis Redding
Runners-up, Best Soul Album of 1969: Stand! Sly & the Family Stone, The Iceman Cometh, Jerry Butler, MPG, Marvin Gaye, Puzzle People, Temptations, and The Johnny Taylor Philosophy Continues.

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1970

Feb 4, 1971 issue
It Happened in 1970:

Albums of the Year: After the Gold Rush, Neil Young; Gasoline Alley, Rod Stewart; Moondance, Van Morrison.
[Note: This list and some of the other lists look as if the album/songs are presented unranked and alphabetically, either by title or artist name.]

Best Live Album: Get Yer Ya Yas Out, Rolling Stones
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Songs: n/a
The only thing like an award for any song is A Kim Fowley Plaque to: Blood Sweat and Tears for "Symphony for the Devil," in the joke award section. (Followed by A Steve Katz [of Blood, Sweat & Tears] Plaque to: Bob Dylan for Self Portrait.)

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1971

Feb 3, 1972 issue - Annual Awards
1971 Vanishes...But There's Still Hope

[left to right]
"To Carole King, for her "You've Got A Friend," The Rolling Stone Award for Song of the Year, and for her recording Tapestry, the Rolling Stone Award for Album of the Year."

"To Marvin Gaye, for his What's Going On, the Rolling Stone Award for Album of the Year."

"To the Who, the Rolling Stone Award for Rock Band of the Year, and, for Who's Next, the Rolling Stone Award for Album of the Year."

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Valerie Simpson, Exposed - the Rolling Stone Neglected Masterpiece of the Year Award.

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1972

Feb 1, 1973 issue - You Won't Have 1972 to Kick Around Anymore

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
"Superfly by Curtis Mayfield; not only the best R&B album of the year but the best sound track album since Performance."

Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers Band

Paul Simon

For the Roses by Joni Mitchell

Rock of Ages by the Band

SINGLES OF THE YEAR
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash.
"Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.
"Burning Love" by (Thank God) Elvis Presley.

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WORST SINGLE BY THE WORST ARTIST BY THE WORST PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR
"Candy Man" by Sammy Davis, Jr., produced by Mike Curb and Don Costa.

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1973

Jan 17, 1974 issue - "1973 MUSIC AWARDS"

SONG OF THE YEAR
Paul Simon, "American Tune"

SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR
Alan Price, O Lucky Man!

BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
[left to right, top]
The Beach Boys
Holland

Jackson Browne
For Everyman

Jimmy Cliff and company
The Harder They Come

[left to right, bottom]
Paul McCartney
Band on the Run

Mott the Hoople
Mott

Paul Simon
There Goes Rhymin' Simon

SPECIAL MERIT ALBUMS
Elton John, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
The Kinks, Preservation Act I
Maria Muldaur
The Rolling Stones, Goat's Head Soup
The Spinners
The Who, Quadrophenia

BEST SINGLES OF THE YEAR
Marvin Gaye, "Let's Get It On"
Dobie Gray, "Drift Away"
The O'Jays, "Love Train"
Carly Simon, "You're So Vain"
Stories, "Brother Louie"

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1974

Jan 16, 1975 issue - OUR ANNUAL MUSIC AWARDS
IT'S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW!

Best Single of the Year
"Rock Your Baby" / George McCrae

Single of the Year, Runners-up
"I Can Help" / Billy Swan
"Jet" / Paul McCartney & Wings

Best Albums of the Year
[first column, top to bottom]
Good Old Boys / Randy Newman

It's Only Rock 'n Roll / Rolling Stones

Imagination / Gladys Knight and the Pips

Late for the Sky / Jackson Browne

Pretzel Logic / Steely Dan

[second column]

Starting Over / Raspberries

The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle / Bruce Springsteen

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1975

Feb 12, 1976 issue
THE ROLLING STONE MUSIC AWARDS FOR 1975
THE BEST AND THE BADDEST

The Basement Tapes/Blood on the Tracks [Bob Dylan]
Tonight's the Night [Neil Young]
Born to Run [Bruce Springsteen]
Red Octopus [Jefferson Starship]
The Who by Numbers [The Who]
Siren [Roxy Music]

Singles of the Year
"Philadelphia Freedom"--Elton John
"Shame, Shame, Shame"--Shirley and Company
"Lady Marmalade"--Labelle
"Bad Luck"--Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
"Fame"--David Bowie

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1976

Feb 10, 1977 issue - THE RED SUSPENDER AWARDS

ALBUM OF 1976
Steve Miller: Fly like an Eagle

RUNNERS-UP
Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading
Jackson Browne: The Pretender
Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees
Bob Seger: Night Moves
Rod Stewart: A Night on the Town

SINGLE OF 1976
Rod Stewart: "Tonight's the Night"

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I have also scanned the 1979 awards, because I noticed that the runners-up had not been included on the above rocklistmusic list.

Feb 7, 1980 issue - Readers' and Critics' Awards
1979 CRITICS' POLL

Best Album
RUST NEVER SLEEPS (Neil Young)

Album Runners-Up
Armed Forces (Elvis Costello)
Into the Music (Van Morrison)
Tusk (Fleetwood Mac)
Squeezing Out Sparks (Graham Parker)
Fear of Music (Talking Heads)
Bad Girls (Donna Summer)
Labour of Lust (Nick Lowe)

Best Single
"TUSK" (Fleetwood Mac)

Singles Runners-Up
"My Sharona" (The Knack)
"What a Fool Believes" (Doobie Brothers)
"Hot Stuff" (Donna Summer)
"Pop Muzik" (M)
"Roxanne" (The Police)
"Refugee" (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

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The 1972, 1975, and 1979 awards appear to actually rank all the albums (while '69, '70, '71, '73, and '74 may be without a "winner").

The 1972, 1975, and 1979 awards appear to rank all of the songs. '68, '69, and '73 may not have a "winner" because of the separate awards for songs or singles or tracks.

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