Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1975

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy

Ah, 1975. The year I graduated high school. Talk about dazed and confused.

Albums listed alphabetically by title, including three choice tracks from each one to help you remember how wicked they really were.

Against the Grain: Rory Gallagher (“Bought and Sold”, “Out on the Western Plain”, “Lost at Sea”)

America’s Choice: Hot Tuna (“Sleep Song”, “Hit Single #1”, “Serpent of Dreams”)

A Night at the Opera: Queen (“Death on Two Legs”, “You’re My Best Friend”, “39”)

Atlantic Crossing: Rod Stewart (“Three Time Loser”, “Alright For an Hour”, “Stone Cold Sober”)

Beautiful Loser: Bob Seger (“Beautiful Loser, Katmandu”, “Nutbush City Limits”)

Blow By Blow: Jeff Beck (“Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers”, “Freeway Jam”, “Scatterbrain”)

Dreamboat Annie: Heart (“Crazy On You”, “Magic Man”, “White Lightning and Wine”)

Fandango: ZZ Top (“Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings”, “Balinese”, “Heard It on the X”)

Fighting: Thin Lizzy (“Rosalie”, “Wild One”, “Spirit Slips Away”)

Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (“Monday Morning”, “Blue Letter”, “Landslide”)

Fool for the City: Foghat (“Fool for the City”, “Slow Ride”, “Take It or Leave It”)

Force It: UFO (“Shoot Shoot”, “Too Much of Nothing”, “Love Lost Love”)

For Earth Below: Robin Trower (“Shame the Devil”, “Alethea”, “Gonna Be More Suspicious”)

Ian Hunter: Ian Hunter (“Once Bitten Twice Shy”, “3,000 Miles From Here”, “I Get So Excited”)

Katy Lied: Steely Dan (“Black Friday”, “Rose Darling”, “Doctor Wu”)

Nuthin’ Fancy: Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Saturday Night Special”, “Am I Losin'”, “Railroad Song”)

Outlaws: Outlaws (“Green Grass & High Tides”, “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Cry No More”)

Physical Graffiti: Led Zeppelin (“The Rover”, “In the Light”, “In My Time of Dying”)

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow: Rainbow (“Man on the Silver Mountain”, “Black Sheep of the Family”, “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves”)

Siren: Roxy Music (“Love Is the Drug”, “Both Ends Burning”, “She Sells”)

Straight Shooter: Bad Company (“Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”, “Deal With the Preacher:”, “Feel Like Making Love”)

Teaser: Tommy Bolin (“Dreamer”, “Wild Dogs”, “Savannah Woman”)

Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent (“Stormtroopin'”, “Snakeskin Cowboys”, “Just What the Doctor Ordered”)

Tonight’s the Night: Neil Young (“Tonight’s the Night”, “Tired Eyes”, “World on a String”)

Toys in the Attic: Aerosmith (“Sweet Emotion”, “No More No More”, “Walk This Way”)

Venus and Mars: Paul McCartney & Wings (“Rock Show”, “Letting Go”, “Medicine Jar”)

The Who By Numbers: The Who (“Slip Kid”, “Squeeze Box”, “How Many Friends”)

Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd (“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, “Welcome to the Machine”, “Wish You Were Here”)

Young Americans: David Bowie (“Young Americans”, “Fascination”, “Fame”)

Zuma: Neil Young & Crazy Horse (“Don’t Cry No Tears”, “Cortez the Killer”, “Lookin’ For a Love”)

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