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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Metal/Hard Rock Albums of the 1970s

Picks include Black Sabbath’s ‘Master of Reality’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’

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The 1970s was a good time to be a young rock fan. Every couple of months there was a new album by Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC or literally dozens of other huge hard rock and metal acts. Most groups averaged an album a year, and they toured like maniacs. It wasn't uncommon to see Blue Oyster Cult open for Kiss or Black Sabbath share a bill with a young Van Halen. This was before MTV, and fat, hairy guys with mustaches were still superstars. It's four decades past the Seventies now, but if you look at the schedule for most arenas you'd think it was still 1978. Black Sabbath, Kiss, AC/DC, Van Halen and others still dominate the touring industry. Their 1970s work left a huge impression, and classic rock radio has introduced their music to people too young to hear it the first time around. We asked our readers to vote on their favorite hard rock/metal albums of the Seventies. Click through to see the results. 

By Andy Greene

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