I Love 1974: My Top 40 Albums of 1974

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Let’s start today’s entry with a quick thank you to my readers! After taking an unplanned week off for family emergencies and events, I came back to a consistent readership in much higher numbers than before. I am certain that the quality of my writing has not improved nor has my choice of topics. Yet, for reasons unknown to me, you all have been visiting my silly blog about the music that you and I love. Please, if you like this blog, pass on the site to your other music-loving friends. Fortunately, I have been blessed with a core group of my high school and college friends who have encourage this adventure, but it is the people whom I do not know that make this blog worthwhile. So, a big thanks goes out to everyone who has read this blog.

Today, the year is 1974. That was the year during which I finished up elementary school as my father finished up his first year as principal of the very same school. He would go on at the school for 26 more years, retiring in after the 1998-99 school year. 1974 was also something of a milestone year because it was that very year, during summer break, in which I discovered American Top 40 anchored by the incomparable voice of Casey Kasem. I really do not remember much about that countdown, as I did not write it down each week. However, I do remember hearing ABBA’s great single “Waterloo” being played, and I was hooked on this weekly radio program.

Looking back, 1974 was a solid year in music, with my quirky albums that were failures at the time going on to become favorites of mine. It was also around this time that Sir Elton John was beginning to peak in popularity. Stevie Wonder was on the hottest streak of his career, Jackson Browne was just beginning to establish himself as the voice of a generation, and the Raspberries were attempting a comeback, only to be wrongly convinced that they were not worthy of rock stardom, even with their brilliantly yearning single “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record).” Finally, 1974 will be remembered for all eternity as it was the year when Kiss released the first two records of their career. This and so much more happened in 1974.

And, while many exciting things happened in 1974, the number of classic albums was minimal. Still, the records that were released in 1974 are the kind that will only enrich your collection, by giving it diversity. With all of that said, let’s start the countdown!

4.27 Big Star - Radio_city

  1. Big Star – Radio City
  2. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
  3. Randy Newman – Good Old Boys
  4. Raspberries – Starting Over
  5. Van Morrison – It’s Too Late to Stop Now
  6. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping
  7. Stevie Wonder – Fullfillingness’ First Finale
  8. Bob Dylan & The Band – Before the Flood
  9. Electric Light Orchestra – Eldorado
  10. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread
  11. Elton John – Caribou
  12. Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky
  13. Daryl Hall & John Oates – War Babies
  14. The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll
  15. Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
  16. The Doobie Brothers – What We Once Vices Are Now Habits
  17. Rush – Rush
  18. Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
  19. Neil Young – On the Beach
  20. Kiss – Kiss
  21. Supertramp – Crime of the Century
  22. Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece
  23. Todd Rundgren – Todd
  24. Kraftwerk – Autobahn
  25. New York Dolls – Too Much Too Soon
  26. The Spinners – Mighty Love
  27. Sweet – Desolation Boulevard
  28. Labelle – Nightbirds
  29. Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – Rags to Rufus
  30. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell
  31. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
  32. Roxy Music – Country Life
  33. Aerosmith – Get Your Wings
  34. Ohio Players – Fire
  35. Queen – Queen II
  36. Bad Company – Bad Company
  37. Eagles – On the Border
  38. Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard
  39. Brinsley Schwarz – The New Favourites of Brinsley Schwarz
  40. Barry White – Can’t Get Enough

4.27 The_Doobie_Brothers_-_What_Were_Once_Vices_Are_Now_Habits4.27 Ohio Players - Fire

During one last “look-sy,” I have noticed soul albums, English pub rock albums, hard rock albums, disco albums, funk albums, pop albums and everything in-between and all around. Needless to say, it is a somewhat eclectic list.


I hope everyone has a great weekend! And, I hope this is NOT the last time I blurt out, “Go Pacers!”

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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