Top Albums of 1979





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
6
The Clash London Calling Punk Rock
2
67
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Post-Punk
3
107
Michael Jackson Off the Wall Disco, Pop
4
152
Pink Floyd The Wall Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock Opera
5
155
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps Country Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
6
164
Gang of Four Entertainment! Post-Punk
7
185
The Specials Specials 2 Tone
8
231
Public Image Ltd. Metal Box/Second Edition Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
9
259
Talking Heads Fear of Music New Wave, Post-Punk
10
268
AC/DC Highway to Hell Hard Rock
11
365
The Police Reggatta de Blanc New Wave, Pop Rock
12
398
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Armed Forces New Wave, Pop Rock
13
454
The B-52's The B-52's New Wave
14
529
Chic Risqué Disco
15
535
The Undertones The Undertones Pop Punk
16
602
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
17
616
Marianne Faithfull Broken English Art Pop, New Wave
18
644
The Slits Cut Post-Punk
19
707
Madness One Step Beyond... 2 Tone
20
842
Supertramp Breakfast in America Pop Rock, Progressive Pop
21
870
Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material Punk Rock
22
873
XTC Drums and Wires New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-Punk
23
905
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys/Boys Don't Cry Post-Punk
24
921
Graham Parker & The Rumour Squeezing Out Sparks Power Pop, Pub Rock
25
1005
The Pop Group Y Art Punk, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
26
1039
Wire 154 Art Punk, Post-Punk
27
1109
The Jam Setting Sons Mod Revival, New Wave
28
1136
Joe Jackson Look Sharp! New Wave, Power Pop
29
1199
Motörhead Overkill Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
30
1222
Ramones It's Alive Punk Rock
31
1230
Donna Summer Bad Girls Disco
32
1279
Throbbing Gristle 20 Jazz Funk Greats Industrial
33
1363
Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
34
1405
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live Rust Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
35
1559
Serge Gainsbourg Aux armes et caetera Reggae
36
1634
Betty Carter The Audience with Betty Carter Vocal Jazz
37
1727
The Raincoats The Raincoats Art Punk, Post-Punk
38
1743
Sister Sledge We Are Family Disco, Pop Soul
39
1746
Germs (GI) Hardcore Punk
40
1802
Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach Minimalism, Opera
41
1833
Fleetwood Mac Tusk Pop Rock
42
1940
Camarón La leyenda del tiempo Flamenco Nuevo
43
1952
ZZ Top Degüello Blues Rock, Southern Rock
44
1974
Linton Kwesi Johnson Forces of Victory Dub Poetry
45
2077
Ry Cooder Bop Till You Drop Roots Rock
46
2125
The Residents Eskimo Experimental
47
2255
The Fall Live at the Witch Trials Post-Punk
48
2292
The Roches The Roches Folk Pop
49
2349
Van Morrison Into the Music Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
50
2389
The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette Punk Rock
51
2425
David Bowie Lodger Art Rock
52
2462
Tubeway Army Replicas New Wave, Synthpop
53
2476
Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up Industrial, Minimal Wave
54
2484
Blondie Eat to the Beat New Wave, Pop Rock
55
2525
Scorpions Lovedrive Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
56
2628
The Stranglers The Raven New Wave, Post-Punk
57
2649
Air [USA] Air Lore Avant-Garde Jazz
58
2676
Nick Lowe Labour of Lust Power Pop, Pub Rock
59
2679
Robert Fripp Exposure Art Rock, Experimental Rock
60
2688
The Fall Dragnet Post-Punk
61
2691
Art Ensemble of Chicago Nice Guys Avant-Garde Jazz
62
2704
James Chance & The Contortions Buy No Wave
63
2715
Van Halen Van Halen II Hard Rock
64
2774
Thin Lizzy Black Rose - A Rock Legend Hard Rock
65
2868
Joe Jackson I'm the Man New Wave, Power Pop
66
2883
Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle New Wave, Synthpop
67
2909
Earth, Wind & Fire I Am Disco, Funk
68
2925
The Ruts The Crack Punk Rock
69
2979
Bob Marley and The Wailers Survival Roots Reggae

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