The 1970s are beloved by music nerds; artists in a variety of genres cranked out a 40-minute album every year. The late 1960s staked out territory for many genres; the 1970s was when they were explored fully.

Artists like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder broke free from the Motown singles machine and made album length statements. Solo genii like Joni Mitchell and David Bowie followed their own idiosyncratic paths through the decade. Monstrous rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Yes roamed the earth.

As a result, the 1970s are full of great records. I’ve covered a lot of 1970s acts, but there are plenty of omissions – Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath, Curtis Mayfield, Kraftwerk, and Earth, Wind and Fire are among notable acts on my to-do list.

Note that there’s a separate punk and new wave section for acts like The Clash and Talking Heads.

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