Top Albums of 1978





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
88
Elvis Costello This Year's Model New Wave, Pop Rock
2
112
Blondie Parallel Lines New Wave, Pop Rock
3
114
Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter
4
237
Kraftwerk Die Mensch Maschine/The Man Machine Synthpop
5
244
Van Halen Van Halen Hard Rock
6
266
Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove Funk Rock, P-Funk
7
302
Pere Ubu The Modern Dance Art Punk, Post-Punk
8
307
The Jam All Mod Cons Mod Revival, New Wave, Power Pop
9
316
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
10
329
Big Star The Third Album/Sister Lovers Power Pop
11
400
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food Art Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk
12
443
The Police Outlandos D'Amour New Wave, Pop Rock
13
469
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous Hard Rock
14
479
The Rolling Stones Some Girls Rock
15
522
Dire Straits Dire Straits Rock
16
543
Kate Bush The Kick Inside Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
17
620
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians Minimalism
18
621
Wire Chairs Missing Art Punk, Post-Punk
19
702
The Cars The Cars New Wave, Pop Rock
20
731
Buzzcocks Another Music in a Different Kitchen Punk Rock
21
804
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear Smooth Soul
22
822
Chic C'Est Chic Disco
23
865
X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents Punk Rock
24
887
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music for Airports Ambient
25
932
Cheap Trick At Budokan Hard Rock, Power Pop
26
945
Patti Smith Group Easter Rock
27
969
Pere Ubu Dub Housing Art Punk, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
28
979
Willie Nelson Stardust Standards
29
1046
The Band The Last Waltz Folk Rock
30
1047
Magazine Real Life Art Punk, Post-Punk
31
1153
Siouxsie and The Banshees The Scream Post-Punk
32
1377
Tom Waits Blue Valentine Singer/Songwriter
33
1380
The Only Ones The Only Ones New Wave, Power Pop
34
1390
The Clash Give 'em Enough Rope Punk Rock
35
1505
AC/DC If You Want Blood, You've Got It Hard Rock
36
1623
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) Art Rock, Experimental Rock
37
1624
The Adverts Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts Punk Rock
38
1641
Nick Lowe Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People New Wave, Power Pop, Pub Rock
39
1653
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades Siembra Salsa Dura
40
1747
Bob Marley and The Wailers Babylon by Bus Roots Reggae
41
1854
Public Image Ltd. Public Image - First Issue Art Punk, Post-Punk
42
1870
Warren Zevon Excitable Boy Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
43
1877
Various Artists No New York No Wave
44
1959
The Saints Eternally Yours Punk Rock
45
2030
Albert Collins Ice Pickin' Electric Texas Blues
46
2067
Lou Reed Street Hassle Glam Rock
47
2106
Nina Hagen Band Nina Hagen Band Deutschrock
48
2151
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny Group Jazz Fusion
49
2162
Buzzcocks Love Bites Pop Punk
50
2210
Joe Ely Honky Tonk Masquerade Country Rock, Outlaw Country
51
2312
Bob Marley and The Wailers Kaya Roots Reggae
52
2386
Steel Pulse Handsworth Revolution Roots Reggae
53
2413
Television Adventure New Wave, Post-Punk
54
2437
AC/DC Powerage Hard Rock
55
2494
Ramones Road to Ruin Punk Rock
56
2638
Billy Joel 52nd Street Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter
57
2732
Herman Brood & His Wild Romance Shpritsz Rock & Roll
58
2754
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Stranger in Town Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
59
2775
Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight Hard Rock, Power Pop
60
2891
Little Feat Waiting for Columbus Southern Rock
61
2949
The Stranglers Black & White Post-Punk, Punk Rock
62
2980
Gerry Rafferty City to City Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter

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