What Was The Best Year Of Rock Music Ever?

This weekend, we're celebrating MGK's Birthday (10/29 - get it? ) . Each hour, we'll play a block of music from one of classic rock's greatest years.   We want to know what YOU think was the greatest year of classic rock music.  This breakdown of the some of the most significant rock album releases from each year from '67 to '89 should help you decide. 

 

1967

‘Surrealistic Pillow” – Jefferson Airplane
“Disraeli Gears” – Cream
“The Doors” – The Doors
“Between the Buttons” – The Rolling Stones
“Axis: Bold As Love” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Are You Experienced “– The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – The Beatles
“Something Else” – The Kinks
“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” – Pink Floyd
“Their Satanic Majesties Request” – The Rolling Stones
“The Who Sell Out” – The Who
“Magical Mystery Tour” – The Beatles
“Blowin’ Your Mind” – Van Morrison

1968

“The Village Green Preservation Society” – The Kinks
“Astral Weeks” – Van Morrison
“The Beatles” – The Beatles
“Electric Ladyland” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
“Beggars Banquet” – The Rolling Stones
“Odyssey and Oracle” – The Zombies
“Music From Big Pink” – The Band
“Shades of Deep Purple” – Deep Purple
“The Book of Taliesyn” – Deep Purple
“Fleetwood Mac” – Fleetwood Mac
“Waiting for the Sun” – The Doors
“Wheels of Fire” – Cream
“Sweetheart of the Rodeo” – The Byrds

 

1969

“Abbey Road” – The Beatles
“Tommy” – The Who
“Bayou Country” – CCR
“Willy and the Poor Boys” – CCR
“Green River” - CCR
“Aoxomoxoa” – Grateful Dead
“Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)” – the Kinks
“Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde” – The Byrds
“Brave New World” – Steve Miller Band
“Santana” – Santana
“Led Zeppelin II” – Led Zeppelin
“Concerto for Group and Orchestra” – Deep Purple
“Yellow Submarine” – The Beatles
“Volunteers” – Jefferson Airplane
“Chicago Transit Authority” – Chicago
“The Allman Brothers Band” – The Allman Brothers Band
“Crosby, Stills, & Nash” – Crosby, Stills, & Nash

1970

“John Lennon/ Plastic Ono band” – John Lennon
“Moondance” – Van Morrison
“Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” – Derek and the Dominos
“All Things Must Pass” – George Harrison
“Black Sabbath” – Black Sabbath
“Déjà Vu” – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
`Led Zeppelin III” – Led Zeppelin
“Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
“Abraxas” – Santana’
“American Beauty” – The Grateful Dead
“Workingman’s Dead” – The Grateful Dead
“Cosmo’s Factory” – CCR
“Let It Be” – The Beatles
“Tumbleweed Connection” – Elton John
“Band of Gypsys” – Jimi Hendrix
“Morrison’s Hotel” – The Doors
“Stage Fright” – The Band
“Idlewild South” – The Allman Brother’s Band”
“The Man Who Sold the World” – David Bowie
“In Rock” – Deep Purple
“Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One” – The Kinks
“McCartney” – Paul McCartney
“Atom Heart Mother” – Pink Floyd
“Chicago” – Chicago
“New Morning” – Bob Dylan

1971
“ZZ Top’s First Album” – ZZ Top
“Fireball” – Deep Purple
“Santana III” – Santana
“The Yes Album” – Yes
“The Cry of Love” – Jimi Hendrix
“Cahoots” – The Band
“Meddle” – Pink Floyd
“Madman Across the Water” – Elton John
“Fragile” – Yes
“Ram” – Paul McCartney
“Pearl” – Janis Joplin
“Tupelo Honey” – Van Morrison
“Every Picture Tells a Story” – Rod Stewart
“LA Woman” – The Doors
“Hunky Dory” – David Bowie
“Master of Reality”- Black Sabbath
“Imagine”- John Lennon
“Who’s Next” – The Who
“Sticky Fingers” – Rolling Stones
“Led Zeppelin IV” – Led Zeppelin

1972
“V” – Chicago
“Machine Head” – Deep Purple
“Some Time in New York City” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
“Saint Dominic’s Preview” – Van Morrison
“Eat a Peach” – Allman Brothers Band
“Never a Dull Moment” – Rod Stewart
“School’s Out” – Alice Cooper
“Transformer” – Loue Reed
“Close to the Edge”- Yes
“Obscured by Clouds” – Pink Floyd
“Eagles” – Eagles
“Vol. 4” – Black Sabbath
“Honky chateau” – Elton John
“Can’t Buy a Thrill”- Steely Dan
“The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” – Bowie
“Exile on Main St.” – The Rolling Stones

1973
“Aladdin Sane” – David Bowie
“Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Band on the Run” – Paul McCartney & Wings
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Elton John
“The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle” – Bruce Springsteen
“Quadropenia” – The Who
“Houses of the Holy” – Led Zeppelin
“The Dark Side of the Moon” – Pink Floyd
“Selling England by the Pound” – Genesis
“Chicago VI” – Chicago
“Brothers and Sisters” – The Allman Brothers
“Who Do You Think We Are” – Deep Purple
“Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player” – Elton John
“Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”- Bruce Springsteen
“Billion Dollar Babies” – Alice Cooper
“Countdown to Ecstasy” – Steely Dan
“Tres Hombres” – ZZ Top
“ELO 2” – Electric Light Orchestra
“The Captain and Me” – Doobie Brothers

1974
“Crime of the Century” – Super tramp
“Diamond Dogs” – David bowie
“Get Your Wings” Aerosmith
“461 Ocean Boulevard” – Eric Clapton
“Chicago VIII” – Chicago
“The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” – Genesis
“Planet Waves” - Bob Dylan
“Walls and Bridges” – John Lennon
“Burn” – Deep Purple
“Second Helping” – Lynyrd Skynrd
“Relayer” – Yes
“Veedon Fleece” – Van Morrison
“Queen II” – Queen

1975
“Blood on the Tracks” – Bob Dylan
“Physical Graffiti” – Led Zeppelin
“A night at the Opera” – Queen
“Wish You Were Here” – Pink Floyd
“Welcome to my Nightmare”- Alice Cooper
“Chicago VIII” – Chicago
“Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” – Elton John
“Straight Shooter” – Bad Company
“Atlantic Crossing” – Rod Stewart
“Caress of Steel” – Rush
“Katy Lied” – Steely Dan
“Venus and Mars” – Paul McCartney
“Chicago IX” – Chicago
“Playing Possum” – Carly Simon
“Dressed to Kill” – Kiss
“Rock n Roll” – John Lennon
“Rock of the Westies” – Elton John
Born to Run  Bruce Springsteen
Tonight's the Night  Neil Young
Zuma  Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Toys in the Attic – Aerosmith
Fleetwood Mac (1975)        Fleetwood Mac
Young Americans    David Bowie
Alive!  Kiss
Dreamboat Annie  Heart

1976

“Chicago X” – Chicago
“Desire” – Bob Dylan
“A Day at the Races” – Queen
“Technical Ecstasy” – Black Sabbath
“Alice Cooper Goes to Hell”- Alice Cooper
“Destroyer” – Kiss
“Black and Blue” – The Rolling Stones
“Hotel California” – The Eagles
“A Trick of the Trade” – Genesis
“Frampton Comes Alive” – Peter Frampton
“A New World Record” – ELO
“Blue Moves” – Elton John
“Wings Wings at the Speed of Sound” – Paul McCartney
“Turnstiles” – Billy Joel
“Live Bullet” – Bob Segar

1977

“Rumours” – Fleetwood Mac
“Low” – David Bowie”
“Aja” – Steely Dan
“News of the World” – Queen
“The Stranger” – Billy Joel
“Animals” – Pink Floyd
“Book of Dreams” – Steve Miller Band
“Let There Be Rock” AC/DC
“Street Survivors” – Lynyrd Skynrd
“Going for the One” – Yes
“Out of the Blue” - ELO
“Terrapin Station” – Grateful Dead
“Foreigner” – Foreigner
“Cheap Trick” – Cheap Trick
“All ‘n All” – Earth, Wind, & Fire

1978

“Powerage” – AC/DC
“Stranger in Town” – Bob Segar
“Outlandos d’Amour – the Police
“And Then There Were Three” – Genesis
“Backless” – Eric Clapton
“Some Girls” – The Rolling Stones
“Tormato” – Yes
“But Seriously, Folks…” – Joe Walsh
“Van Halen” – Van Halen
“From the Inside” – Alice Cooper
“You Can Tune a Piano, But  You Can’t Tuna Fish” – REO Speedwagon
“Hot Streets” – Chicago
“Pieces of Eight” – Styx
“Blondes Have More Fun” – Rod Stewart

1979

“Breakfast in America” – Supertramp
“Tusk” – Fleetwood Mac
“The Wall” – Pink Floyd
“Damn the Torpedoes” – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
“Reggatta de Blanc” – The Police
“In Through The Out Door” – Led Zeppelin
“Van Halen II” – Van Halen
“Slow Train Coming” – Bob Dylan
“Nights in Ruts” – Aerosmith
“Desolate Angels” – Bad Company
“Lodger” – David Bowie
“Discovery” – ELO
“The Long Run” – the Eagles
“Deguello” – ZZ Top
“Back to the Egg” – Paul McCartney

 

1980

‘Hi Infidelity’ - REO Speedwagon
‘Double Fantasy’ -  John Lennon & Yoko Ono
‘Arc Of A Diver’ - Steve Winwood
‘Duke’ - Genesis
‘Pretenders’ - The Pretenders
‘Glass Houses’ - Billy Joel
‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ - David Bowie
‘Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School’ - Warren Zevon
‘Zenyattà Mondatta’ - The Police
‘Remain in Light’ - Talking Heads
‘Emotional Rescue' - The Rolling Stones
‘Against the Wind’ - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
‘Making Movies’ - Dire Straits
‘Boy’ - U2
‘The River’ - Bruce Springsteen
‘Permanent Waves’ - Rush
‘The Game’  - Queen
‘Gaucho’ - Steely Dan
‘Women and Children First’ - Van Halen
‘British Steel’ - Judas Priest
‘Back in Black’ - AC/DC

1981

“Moving Pictures” – Rush
“Ghost in the Machine” – The Police
“Face Value” – Phil Collins
“Tattoo You” – the Rolling Stones
“Mob Rules” Black Sabbath
“Fair Warning” – Van Halen
“Shake it Up” – The Cars
“Songs in the Attic” – Billy Joel
“Bella Donna” – Stevie Nicks
“Diary of a Madman” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Don’t Say No” – Billy Squier
“Escape” – Journey
“4” – Foreigner

1982

“Creatures of the Night” – Kiss
“Pictures at Eleven” – Robert Plant
“Long After Dark” – tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Diver Down” – Van Halen
“Signals” – Rush
“Coda” – Led Zeppelin
“American Fool” – John Cougar
“Nebraska” – Bruce Springsteen
“American Fool” – John Mellencamp
“The Nylon Curtain” – Billy Joel
“the Blue Mask” – Lou Reed
“Hello I Must Be Going”- Phil Collins
“Asia” – Asia
“Live Evil” – Black Sabbath
“Mirage” – Fleetwood Mac

1983

"Lets Dance” – David Bowie
“Frontiers” – Journey
“Genesis” – Genesis
“Rebel Yell” – Billy Idol
“Pyromania” – Def Leppard
“Shout at the Devil” – Motley Crue
“Synchronicity” – the Police
“Eliminator” – ZZ Top
“War” – U2
“Born Again” – Black Sabbath
“Speaking in Tongues” – The Talking Heads

1984

“Heartbeat City” – the Cars
“Reckoning” – REM
“Building the Perfect Beast” – Don Henley
“Learning to Crawl” – The Pretenders
“The Unforgettable Fire” – U2
“1984” – Van Halen
“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen  THE BOSS
“Purple Rain” – Prince
“Animalize” – Kiss
“Chicago 17” – Chicago

1985

“Brothers In Arms” - Dire Straits
“Little Creatures” -  Talking Heads
“Nervous Night” - Hooters
“Centerfield” - John Fogerty
“Southern Accents” - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
“Maverick” - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
“Scarecrow” - John Mellencamp
‘Theatre of Pain”  - Motley Crue
“No Jacket Required’ - Phil Collins
“Listen Like Thieves’   - INXS

1986

“Knocked out Loaded” – Bob Dylan
“Look What the Cat Dragged In” – Poison
“Eye of the Zombie” – John Fogerty
“Like a Rock” – Bob Segar
“Cant Hold Back” – Eddie Money
“Chicago 18” – Chicago
“The Ultimate Sin” – Ozzy Osbourne
“August” – Eric Clapton
“A Kind of Magic” – queen
“Raised on Radio” – Journey
“Dirty Work” – the Rolling Stones
“Press to Play” – Paul McCartney
“Whiplash Smile” – Billy Idol
“third Stage” – Boston
“Get Close” – Pretenders
“The Bridge” – Billy Joel
“Invisible Touch” – Genesis
“Slippery When Wet” – Bon Jovi
“Eat ‘Em and Smile” – David Lee Roth
“Back in the High Life” – Steve Winwood
“5150” – Van Halen
“So” – Peter Gabriel

1987

“Girls Girls Girls” Motley Crue
“In the Dark” – Grateful Dead
“Permanent Vacation” – Aerosmith
“Tango in the Night” – Fleetwood Mac
“The Lonesome Jubilee” – John Cougar Mellencamp
“Tunnel of Love”  - Springsteen
“Hysteria” – Def Leppard
“Appetite for Destruction” – Guns n Roses
“the Joshua Tree” – U2
“Whitesnake” – Whitesnake
“…Nothing Like the Sun” – Sting

 

1988

“Naked” – Talking Heads
“New Jersey” – Bon Jovi
“OU812”- Van Halen
“G N’ R Lies” – Guns N Roses
“Traveling Wilburys, Vol 1” – Traveling Wilburys
“Rattle and Hum” – U2
“Blow Up Your Video” – AC/DC
“Green” – REM

1989

“Full Moon Fever” – Tom Petty
“Bleach” – Nirvana
“Trash” – Alice Cooper
“Steel Wheels” – the Rolling Stones
“Mother’s Milk” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
“No Control” – Bad Religion
“New York” – Loue Reed
“Flowers in the Dirt” – Paul McCartney
“the Miracle” – Queen
“Pump” – Aerosmith
“Oh Mercy” – Bob Dylan