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October 16, 2021


[Album 946/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 26 are from the year 1977.

I’ve reviewed all but one of them so far.

The last non-reviewed album from 1977: Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks.

Which 1977 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 26 albums, enjoy!



26. Suicide – Suicide.

I stand by my assessment of this album: there’s nothing halfway about it.

This is either among the most brilliant albums on the list or…at the other extreme.

I thought by this point in the project I’d have a definitive answer but alas, I’m still uncertain (apart from the absolute certainty that it’s one or the other).

And since I know it’s also not the #1 album from 1977 that I’m most likely to revisit, to borrow the Ricky Bobby-ism, at least in terms of % chance of re-listening soon, if Suicide’s not first, they’re last!



25. Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus.

24. Wire – Pink Flag

23. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

I find most of the late-70s punk albums from the list do a great job of meeting my expectations. Which isn’t really a complaint but also doesn’t generally lead to a burning desire to revisit.

Always better than Bollocks (the nonsense/disaster/failure definition of the term), maybe not quite as up my street as Nevermind.

22. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus. I’m more likely to gravitate to Natty Dread or Catch a Fire.

21. Weather Report – Heavy Weather. According to Back To The Future II, The Weather Reports in the future (or I suppose, now the past) are absolutely amazing. This Weather Report from the past is pretty reliable as well.

20. The Clash – The Clash. London Calling will be considerably higher in 1979.

19. John Martyn – One World. An ideal soundtrack for a potentially stressful drive through Toronto.

18. Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue. Sounds a bit like a bunch of other artists & it sounds good to me!



17. Brian Eno – Before & After Science. Before a few of his producer/collaboration appearances & After a few of his Roxy Music/solo appearances on the list.

16. Talking Heads – 77. Qu’est-ce que c’est?!

15. Muddy Waters – Hard Again. His 2nd of 2 appearances.

14. Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express. Their 2nd of 3.

13. Ian Dury – New Boot & Panties!!. The benchmark for most exclamation marks on the back side of an album cover (23!)

12. Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue. Even at the time, I knew I’d be revisiting it soon enough.

11. Elvis Costello – My Aim is True. His 1st of 6(!) appearances on the list.

10. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell. In the Top 10, ahead of approximately 2/3 of the rest of the 1977 albums, that ain’t bad.

9. Steely Dan – Aja. The album where I finally understood their appeal & attempted to document my Lightbulb / A-ha / Aja moment accordingly!



8. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel. Moribund the Burgermeister, maybe the most head-turning album-opening track name on the 1001 list.

7. Television – Marquee Moon. What a title track.

6. Iggy Pop – The Idiot.

5. Iggy Pop – Lust for Life.

4. David Bowie – Low.

3. David Bowie – Heroes.

Yeah, I suppose Bowie had a reasonably productive 1977.

2. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours. A Murray Hewitt once said, they did make some of their best music back then, all true.

1. Billy Joel – The Stranger. It’s no Glass Houses, but it’s still never that far from the turntable.



Verbalize the Positive

Billy Joel’s 1976-1983, not bad at all!

From → 1970s

  1. Like for other years, most of the albums are rather well known. Some I like, some I don’t. But 1977 saw two of the best albums by two of the best groups, but, at least at that time, they weren’t really on the radar of the punk/disco/new wave crowd: Songs from the Wood by Jethro Tull (which is on my top-10-of-all-time list) and A Farewell to Kings by Rush (not in my top-10-of-all-time list, but probably in the top 30, and certainly in the top 10 of 1977.

    • Curiously, only Aqualung / 2112 / Moving Pictures made the list from those groups.
      Moving Pictures will certainly be a contender for my 1981 list!

  2. I actually like Bollocks better than Nirvana because I like everything more than Nirvana. Don’t get the appeal to that band. Give me Foo Fighters instead!!

  3. Glass House? Heard a rumour some fella is coming on SOTR’s to discuss!
    Safe to say the Pistols are music for when you’re out running and not when your sitting down at the supper table with the girls? lol

    • Quite safe to say, Deke!
      And yes – I’m excited for the SOTR discussion, along with Navy Blues, I’ve had the blue album in the car rotation this week as well!

  4. Really good year – Television, Rumours, Eno, Martyn, and Low are all great.

  5. Dang, remember when artists used to release two albums in the same year?!?! It doesn’t happen often anymore.

  6. I gotta put Never Mind…, Pink Flag and Muddy Waters way higher, and even bump Marquee Moon closer to the top too. I know that’s just me!

    • I bet others would also agree!

      • Maybe. I don’t read your posts to pick ’em apart, your rankings are fine. I just gotta shout out my faves 😉

      • As you should! And for me, that’s part of the fun of ranked lists – seeing where there’s overlap and seeing where the rankings might diverge (or which years have some egregious omissions)!

      • I see some (more) epic graphs in your future. This is pleasing.

      • With many things in life, I subscribe to the ‘less is more’ philosophy – but with graphs, I do prefer more is more!

      • Graphs and home cooking, then.

  7. jprobichaud permalink

    Some pretty fine albums in 77 apparently… I love that Wire album and the pair of Iggy albums are my favourite by him.

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