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When the 1970s came to a close, these ten albums helped the decade go out with a bang.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of these albums, and four decades later, they still sound as fresh as the day they were released.

In the video below, we count down the ten best albums from 1979. Did your favorite album make the list? Click play and find out! Scroll past the video to see which albums just missed the top ten.


15. Motorhead – ‘Overkill’

The iconic metal band’s second studio album, Motorhead’s ‘Overkill’ features the killer title track, “No Class” and “Stay Clean.”

Motörhead - Overkill (Official Video)

Official music video for 'Overkill' by Motörhead Listen to Overkill : Subscribe to the official Motörhead YouTube Channel: Follow Motörhead: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Website: Spotify: YouTube: Overkill appears on Motörhead's album 'Overkill'. Originally released on Bronze Records on 24th March 1979, produced by Jimmy Miller.

14. Talking Heads – ‘Fear of Music’

A critical favorite, Talking Heads’ third studio album gave fans “Life During Wartime”, “I Zimbra” and “Cities.”

Talking Heads - Life during wartime LIVE - Stop making sense 1984 HQ

Talking Heads - Life during wartime LIVE - Stop making sense 1984 HQ Alla faccia di tutte le odierne pretenziose scimmiette della New Wave. "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco this ain't no fooling around This ain't no mudd club, or C. B. G. B.'s" DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

13. David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

‘Lodger’ was the last of Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” and gave fans plenty of gems including “Boys Keep Swinging.”

David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging (Official Video)

Official video for Boys Keep Swinging by David Bowie.

12. Blondie – ‘Eat to the Beat’

Following an album like ‘Parallel Lines’ would be hard for most bands, but Blondie proved more than up for the challenge with ‘Eat to the Beat’ which included hits like “Dreaming” and “Atomic.”

Blondie - Atomic (Official Video)

Music video by Blondie performing Atomic. (P) 2007 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Chrysalis Catalog, #Blondie #Atomic #Vevo

11. Pat Benatar – ‘In the Heat of the Night’

‘In the Heat of the Night’ was Benatar’s debut, and it set the bar for incredible career thanks to the breakout hit single “Heartbreaker.”

10. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – ‘Rust Never Sleeps’

Recorded live, ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ was overdubbed in a studio and remains one of Young’s most beloved albums in his catalog.

Neil Young - Hey Hey, My My (Live at Farm Aid 1985)

Neil Young performs "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" at Farm Aid in Champaign, Illinois on September 22, 1985. Neil Young is a co-founder and board member of Farm Aid, along with Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp. The three agreed that family farmers were in dire need of assistance and decided to plan a concert for America.

9. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – ‘Damn The Torpedos’

The first album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to crack the top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, ‘Damn The Torpedos’ yielded three of the band’s biggest songs: “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Refugee” and “Here Comes My Girl.”

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Don't Do Me Like That (Live)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform "Don't Do Me Like That"

8. The Clash – ‘London Calling’

One of punk’s most iconic albums, ‘London Calling’ remains one of the best albums of all time thanks to the power of the classic title track, “The Guns of Brixton” and “Death of Glory.”

The Clash - London Calling (Official Video)

The Clash - London Calling (Official Video) Follow On Spotify - Listen On Apple Music - Amazon - In celebration of London Calling, pre-order is available now for 2CD/2LP/Cassette/Scrapbook: WATCH SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO MUSIC VIDEO ► WATCH ROCK THE CASBAH MUSIC

7. AC/DC – ‘Highway to Hell’

AC/DC would finally breakthrough in the United States in a big way thanks to ‘Highway to Hell,’ and it serves an epic farewell to the late Bon Scott.


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6. Fleetwood Mac – ‘Tusk’

‘Tusk’ had the unreal task of following ‘Rumours,’ which is still one of the highest-selling albums of all time. While it wasn’t super well-received upon its release, ‘Tusk’ has become respected over time.

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (Official Music Video)

You're watching the official music video for Fleetwood Mac - "Tusk" from the 1979 album "Tusk". The new Fleetwood Mac collection '50 Years - Don't Stop' is available now. Get your copy here and check out North American tour dates below to see if the band is coming to a town near you.

5. The Police – ‘Regatta de Blanc’

‘Regatta de Blanc’ gave The Police their first number one album in their native U.K. and foreshadowed their pop-rock excellence.

The Police - Message In A Bottle Video

Listen to more from The Police: Explore the incredible history of The Police and this classic song here: Listen to The Police playlists here: Experience The Police on Half Speed Mastered Vinyl LP: Music video by The Police performing Message In A Bottle. (C) 1979 A&M Records Ltd.

4. Van Halen – ‘Van Halen II’

Van Halen’s second studio album was recorded in one week and gave fans “Dance the Night Away,” “Beautiful Girls” and the underrated cover “You’re No Good.”

Van Halen - "Dance The Night Away" (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for "Dance The Night Away" by Van Halen

3. The Eagles – ‘The Long Run’

‘The Long Run’ would serve as The Eagles’ final studio album for nearly three decades and gave fans classics like the title track and “Heartache Tonight.”

Heartache Tonight (2013 Remaster)

Provided to YouTube by Rhino/Elektra Heartache Tonight (2013 Remaster) · Eagles The Very Best of the Eagles ℗ 1979 Elektra/Asylum Records Mixing Engineer: Bill Szymczyk Producer: Bill Szymczyk Backing Vocals: Bob Seger Assistant Engineer: Bob Stringer Assistant Engineer: Bob Winder Technician: Buddy Thornton Assistant Engineer: Dan Everhart Assistant Engineer: Dave

2. Led Zeppelin – ‘In Through the Out Door’

The final studio from Led Zeppelin, ‘In Through the Out Door’ served as a moving farewell from one of the biggest bands in music history.

Fool in the Rain (2012 Remaster)

Provided to YouTube by Atlantic Records Fool in the Rain (2012 Remaster) · Led Zeppelin In Through The Out Door ℗ 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation Guitar, Producer: Jimmy Page Drums: John Bonham Remastering Engineer: John Davis Bass Guitar: John Paul Jones Piano: John Paul Jones Engineer: Leif Mases Vocals: Robert Plant Writer: John Paul Jones Writer: Jimmy Page Writer: Robert Plant Auto-generated by YouTube.

1. Pink Floyd – ‘The Wall’

Certified 23-times Platinum by the RIAA, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ has remained one of the greatest rock operas of all time and seems to only get better and more poignant with age.

Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two (Official Music Video)

Out now: Pink Floyd's 'The Later Years' box set The official promo video for 'Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2' by Pink Floyd, taken from the album 'The Wall', originally released in 1979. One of the most acclaimed concept albums of all time, The Wall is renowned as Roger Waters' Rock Opera dealing with abandonment and personal isolation.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.