Our Favorite Records of the Past Ten Years | Rolling Stone (1977)
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Rolling Stone magazine released its tenth anniversary issue on December 15, 1977. The issue concluded with "The Songs That Still Remain: Our Favorite Records of the Past Ten Years." It consisted of top ten lists submitted by "nine of our most reliable contributors."
Unlike RS's subsequent canon-creating endeavors, this undertaking was more free-spirited. Some writers submitted singles and albums; others included deep cuts from favorite albums and compilations. There are a few records that have subsequently disappeared from most official "best-of lists," including Marion Williams, Tampa Red, and Goro Yamaguchi. And some critical faves from that period, like Jackson Browne and Dan Hicks, are no longer held in such high regard.
Overall, "Our Favorite Records of the Past Ten Years" reveals Rolling Stone's tastes during the golden age of the rock critic -- and how much our perspective on that era has changed since.