Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The 1975 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes (Columbia) 285 (23)
2. Patti Smith: Horses (Arista) 240 (19)
3. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Columbia) 239 (9)
4. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia) 220 (18)
5. Neil Young: Tonight's the Night (Reprise) 177 (16)
6. Steely Dan: Katy Lied (ABC) 173 (13)
7. Roxy Music: Country Life (Atco) 110 (10)
8. Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread (Island) 109 (12)
9. The Band: Northern Lights-Southern Cross (Capitol) 106 (12)
10. The Who: The Who by Numbers (MCA) 97 (10)
11. Toots and the Maytals: Funky Kingston (Island) 96 (13)
12. Neil Young: Zuma (Reprise) 94 (8)
13. Roxy Music: Siren (Atco) 78 (9)
14. Paul Simon: Still Crazy After All These Years (Columbia) 58 (5)
15. Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger (Columbia) 58 (4)
16. Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (Reprise) 53 (4)
17. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: To Be True (Philadelphia International) 43 (5)
18. Gary Stewart: Out Of Hand (RCA) 41 (5)
19. Nils Lofgren: Nils Lofgren (A&M) 37 (5)
20. Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (Island) 35 (3)
21. James Talley: Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love (Capitol) 34 (3)
22. Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow (Epic) 32 (3)
Jefferson Starship: Red Octopus (Grunt) 32 (3)
24. Beserkely Chartbusters Vol. 1 (Beserkley) 31 (4)
25. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Swan Song) 31 (3)
26. Waylon Jennings: Dreamin' My Dreams (RCA) 30 (2)
27. Linda Ronstadt: Prisoner in Disguise (Asylum) 30 (2)
28. The Amazing Rhythm Aces: Stacked Deck (ABC) 27 (3)
29. Earth, Wind & Fire: That's the Way of the World (Columbia) 25 (3)
30. The Trammps: The Trammps (Golden Fleece) 20 (3)

This poll compiles entries from 38 critics, each of whom divided 100 points among 10 1975 American-release LPs. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5. Points determined placement, with total number of critics (indicated in parentheses) considered in case of tie.

Village Voice, Dec. 29, 1975


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