Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1976


The spirit of ’76 will never falter because that’s the year Thin Lizzy put out two LPs instead of just one.

Albums listed in alphabetical order according to title, otherwise Jailbreak would be right there at the top.

I’ve included three song titles to help you remember how awesome the music was, and one clip to bring it all back home.

A Day at the Races: Queen (“Tie Your Mother Down”, “Somebody to Love”, “Long Away”)

Agents of Fortune: Blue Oyster Cult (“[Don’t Fear] the Reaper”, “Sinful Love”, “The Revenge of Vera Gemini”)

Black and Blue: Rolling Stones (“Hand of Fate”, “Hot Stuff”, “Memory Motel”)

Boston: Boston (“More Than a Feeling”, “Something About You”, “Rock and Roll Band”)

Calling CardRory Gallagher (“Moonchild”, “Secret Agent”, “Edged in Blue”)

Desire: Bob Dylan (“Hurricane”, “Sara”, “Black Diamond Bay”)

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap: AC/DC (“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Problem Child”, “Jailbreak”)
Fly Like an Eagle: The Steve Miller Band (“Fly Like an Eagle”, “Take the Money and Run”, “Rock’n Me”)

Hoppkorv: Hot Tuna (“Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man”, “Extrication Love Song”, “Song from the Strainless Cymbal”)

Jailbreak: Thin Lizzy (“Jailbreak”, “Cowboy Song”, “Romeo and the Lonely Girl”)

Johnny the Fox: Thin Lizzy (“Johnny”, “Don’t Believe a Word”, “Fool’s Gold”)

Long May You Run: The Stills-Young Band (“Long May You Run”, “Midnight On the Bay”, “Let it Shine”)

Long Misty Days: Robin Trower (“Same Rain Falls”, “Pride”, “Caledonia”)

Night Moves: Bob Seger (“Night Moves”, “Fire Down Below”, “Ship of Fools”)

Pat Travers: Pat Travers (“Makes No Difference”, “Hot Rod Lincoln”, “As My Life Flies”)

Presence: Led Zeppelin (“Achilles Last Stand”, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, “Tea For One”)

Rainbow Rising: Rainbow (“A Light in the Black”, “Tarot Woman”, “Stargazer”)

Rocks: Aerosmith (“Back in the Saddle”, “Lick and a Promise”, “Sick as a Dog”)

The Royal Scam: Steely Dan (“Kid Charlemagne”, “Don’t Take Me Alive”, “The Fez”)

Run With the Pack: Bad Company (“Honey Child”, “Silver, Blue & Gold”, “Sweet Lil’ Sister”)

Songs in the Key of Life: Stevie Wonder (“Love’s in Need of Love Today”, “Isn’t She Lovely”, “Another Star”)

Starz: Starz (“Live Wire”, “Over and Over”, “Detroit Girls”)

Station to Station: David Bowie (“Station to Station”, “Wild is the Wind”, “TVC 15”)

Sunburst Finish: Be-Bop Deluxe (“Sleep That Burns”, “Ships in the Night”, “Blazing Apostles”)

Tejas: ZZ Top (“Pan Am Highway Blues”, “Ten Dollar Man”, “She’s a Heartbreaker”)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (“Breakdown”, “American Girl”, “Anything That’s Rock and Roll”)

2112: Rush (“2112”, “A Passage to Bangkok”, “Something for Nothing”)

One More From the Road: Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Call Me the Breeze”, “Crossroads”, “Searching”)

Wired: Jeff Beck (“Come Dancing”, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, “Blue Wind”)

Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon (“Frank and Jesse James”, “Hasten Down the Wind”, “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”)

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