Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Decade Personal Best: '70s

  1. The Clash: The Clash (CBS import '77)
  2. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones '72)
  3. Derek and the Dominoes: Layla (Atco '70)
  4. New York Dolls: In Too Much Too Soon (Mercury '74)
  5. Sly & the Family Stone: Greatest Hits (Epic '70)
  6. Randy Newman: 12 Songs (Reprise '70)
  7. Van Morrison: Moondance (Warner Bros. '70)
  8. Al Green: Call Me (Hi '73)
  9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise '79)
  10. Michael Hurley/Unholy Modal Rounders/Jeffrey Fredericks & the Clamtones: Have Moicy! (Rounder '76)
  11. Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra '77)
  12. Eno: Another Green World (Island '76)
  13. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (Reprise '70)
  14. The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope (Epic '78)
  15. New York Dolls: New York Dolls (Mercury '73)
  16. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury '71)
  17. Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Polydor '72)
  18. Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic (ABC '74)
  19. Paul Simon: Paul Simon (Warner Bros. '72)
  20. Sly & the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On (Epic '71)
  21. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (Apple '70)
  22. The Harder They Come (Mango '73)
  23. Al Green: Greatest Hits (Hi '75)
  24. The Wild Tchoupitoulas: The Wild Tchoupitoulas (Island '76)
  25. John Fahey: Of Rivers and Religion (Reprise '72)
  26. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia '75)
  27. Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Rolling Stones '78)
  28. Ramones: Ramones (Sire '76)
  29. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Dancer With Bruised Knees (Warner Bros. '77)
  30. James Talley: Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love (Capitol '75)
  31. Bonnie Raitt: Give It Up (Warner Bros. '72)
  32. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (Reprise '77)
  33. Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Warner Bros. '77)
  34. Joni Mitchell: For the Roses (Asylum '72)
  35. Dolly Parton: Best of Dolly Parton (RCA '75)
  36. Aretha Franklin: Spirit in the Dark (Atlantic '70)
  37. Neil Young: Tonight's the Night (Reprise '75)
  38. Patti Smith: Horses (Arista '75)
  39. John Lennon: Imagine (Capitol '71)
  40. Wire: Pink Flag (Harvest '78).

Village Voice, Dec. 17, 1979