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Do You Remember These Top Selling Albums of the 1970s?

Although most people remember the 1970s as the Disco Decade when it comes to music, the truth is that the tunes of the era were as varied as the hairstyles and lingo. This list of some of the top selling albums of the 1970s will pluck at your heartstrings and have you singing songs — out loud!

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

Released in 1973, this album has sold an estimated 45 million copies worldwide. The ten songs on it are actually about insanity and how society creates effects, but there’s nothing crazy about listening to “Money” or “Time.” And if you’re a fan of soundscapes with no lyrics, “Us and Them” is a must.

The Wall by Pink Floyd

Released in 1979, this album has sold an estimated 23 million copies worldwide. This is the final part of a concept story about Roger Waters’ life told through music and lyrics. You’ll hear “Another Brick In The Wall” or “Hey You,” but what you won’t forget are the sound effects!

Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin

Released in 1971, this album has sold an estimated 31 million copies worldwide. This is the fourth and final studio album by Led Zeppelin as a quartet before John Bonham died in 1980. If you’re looking for immediate rock-n-roll gratification, “Whole Lotta Love” or “Rock ‘N Roll” will satisfy your desires.

The Long Run by The Eagles

Released in 1979, this album has sold an estimated 11 million copies worldwide. The Long Run was the last studio release by the Eagles before they broke up in 1980 and released a live album titled “Eagles Live.” This is one of their most underrated albums because it includes hits such as “Heartache Tonight,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “The Long Run,” and the title track.

The Stranger by Billy Joel

Released in 1977, this album has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide. The Stranger is the sixth studio release by Billy Joel and includes hits such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Only the Good Die Young.”

Van Halen by Van Halen

Released in 1978, this album has sold an estimated 15 million copies worldwide. The cover artwork was originally intended to be a painting by artist Michael Bonfiglio but the idea of using his art wasn’t used for unknown reasons. Van Halen is their debut studio release and includes hits such as “You Really Got Me,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Jamie’s Cryin’.”

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Released in 1977, this album has sold an estimated 45 million copies worldwide. This is the fifth studio release from Fleetwood Mac and includes hits such as “Go Your Own Way” (originally written about guitarist Lindsey Buckingham), “Don’t Stop” and “Songbird.”

Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf

Released in 1977, this album has sold an estimated 43 million copies worldwide. Meatloaf originally wrote the entire story for this release while he was still in high school but it wasn’t published until 1996. The hit songs on Bat out of Hell include “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Bat Out of Hell.”

The Who by The Who

Released in 1970, this album has sold an estimated 40 million copies worldwide. This is the debut studio release from The Who and hit songs include “I Can’t Explain,” “(Won’t Get Fooled Again)” and “My Generation.”

Tapestry by Carole King

Released in 1971, this album has sold an estimated 45 million copies worldwide. This release was the top selling female rock album of all time for over 20 years and includes hit songs “I Feel The Earth Move,” “It’s Too Late” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

(Do you like 70s albums? Then you’ll like our article on 80s albums, click here. Or our article on Kung Fu Fighting, click here.)

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