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.

  1. The Who - Who's Next

    Dave Marsh. Paul Nelson.

  2. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

    Dave Marsh. Paul Nelson.

  3. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story

    Dave Marsh. Greil Marcus. Paul Nelson.

  4. The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice

    Dave Marsh. Chet Flippo.

  5. Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece

    Dave Marsh. Chosen for "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights."

  6. Toots And The Maytals* - In The Dark

    Dave Marsh. Chosen for "54-36."

  7. The Kinks - Lola

    Jonathan Cott.

  8. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

    Jonathan Cott. Chet Flippo (for "Cypress Avenue"). Greil Marcus. Paul Nelson (for "Madame George").

  9. The Beatles - The Beatles

    Jonathan Cott.

  10. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks

    Jonathan Cott. Ellen Willis (for "Idiot Wind").

  11. Steely Dan - Katy Lied

    Cameron Crowe. Greil Marcus (for "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)").