Ear of Newt’s Top 30 Rock Albums of 1977

The Johnny Winter Story

Cheap Trick and David Bowie led the way in ’77 with two albums each, and the blues was represented by Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and Roy Buchanan.

Aja: Steely Dan (“Peg”, “Deacon Blues”, “Josie”)

American Stars n’ Bars: Neil Young (“Hey Babe”, “Will to Love”, “Like a Hurricane”)

Bad Reputation: Thin Lizzy (“Opium Trail”, “Bad Reputation”, “Southbound”)

Book of Dreams: The Steve Miller Band (“Jet Airliner”, “Winter Time”, “Jungle Love”)

The Clash: The Clash (“White Riot”, “Career Opportunities”, “Janie Jones”)

Cheap Trick: Cheap Trick (“Hot Love”, “ELO Kiddies”, “Oh, Candy”)

CSN: Crosby, Still & Nash (“Shadow Captain”, “Dark Star”, “Just a Song Before I Go”)

Derringer Live: Derringer (“Beyond the Universe”, “Let Me In”, “Still Alive and Well”)

Draw the Line: Aerosmith (“Draw the Line”, “I Wanna Know Why”, “Sight for Sore Eyes”)

George Thorogood and the Destroyers: George Thorogood and the Destroyers (“Madison Blues”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “You Got to Lose”)

Hard Again: Muddy Waters (“I Can’t Be Satisfied”, “Mannish Boy”, “Crosseyed Cat”)

“Heroes”: David Bowie (“Joe the Lion”, “Heroes”, “The Secret Life of Arabia”)

Hurry Sundown: Outlaws (“Gunsmoke”, “Heavenly Blues”, “Hurry Sundown”)

In Color: Cheap Trick (“Clock Strikes Ten”, “Southern Girls”, “Come On, Come On”)

In City Dreams: Robin Trower (“Somebody Calling”, “Sweet Wine of Love”, “Smile”)

Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live: Jeff Beck (“Freeway Jam”, “Scatterbrain”, “Blue Wind”)

Leave Home: Ramones (“California Sun”, “I Remember You”, “Swallow My Pride”)

Let There Be Rock: AC/DC (“Whole Lotta Rosie”, “Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be”, “Problem Child”)

Lights Out: UFO (“Too Hot to Handle”, “Lights Out”, “Love to Love”)

Loading Zone: Roy Buchanan (“Ramon’s Blues”, “Green Onions”, “Adventures of Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby”)

Low: David Bowie (“Always Crashing in the Same Car”, “Speed of Life”, “Be My Wife”)

Moonflower: Santana (“I’ll Be Waiting”, “She’s Not There”, “Bahia”)

Nothin’ But the Blues: Johnny Winter (“TV Mama”, “Mad Blues”, “Tired of Tryin'”)

Oops! Wrong Planet: Todd Rundgren (“Love in Action”, “Love is the Answer”, “Trapped”)

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (“Solsbury Hill”, “Slowburn”, “Here Comes the Flood”)

Rumours: Fleetwood Mac (“Go Your Own Way”, “Dreams”, “The Chain”)

Slowhand: Eric Clapton (“Wonderful Tonight”, “Lay Down Sally”, “Cocaine”)

Spectres: Blue Oyster Cult (“Golden Age of Leather”, “Searching for Celine”, “Fireworks”)

Stick to Me: Graham Parker and the Rumour (“I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down”, “Heat in Harlem”, “Stick to Me”)

Street Survivors: Lynyrd Skynyrd (“That Smell”, “I Know a Little”, “You Got that Right”)

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