These 40 Albums Turn 40 In 2019

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1979 feels like another lifetime ago (and for the younger ones, it was…), but the music that came out over the course of those twelve months won’t die anytime soon.

With the sun setting on disco, new-wave and electronic music experiencing a jolt of inspiration thanks to technological advancements, and rock still bleeding through speakers on every corner, the late ’70s was a transitional time. The future of music felt uncertain, but even more so, music felt exciting.

Now that it’s 2019, we’re looking back on 40 albums that turn 40 this year.

Supertramp – Breakfast In America

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

The Clash – London Calling

AC/DC – Highway To Hell

Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Talking Heads – Fear Of Music

Pink Floyd – The Wall

The Police – Reggatta de Blanc

David Bowie – Lodger

Led Zeppelin – In Through The Out Door

Buzzcocks – Different Kind Of Tension

Blondie – Eat to the Beat

The Specials – The Specials

Prince – Prince

The Boomtown Rats – The Fine Art of Surfacing

Joe Jackson – Look Sharp!

Pat Benetar – In The Heat Of The Night

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Join Hands

The B-52’s – The B-52’s


Wings – Back to the Egg

Earth Wind & Fire – I Am

The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys

Simple Minds – Life in a Day

Journey – Evolution

George Harrison – George Harrison

Anne Murray – New Kind of Feeling

Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown

Village People – Go West

Cheap Trick – At Budokan

Donna Summer- Bad Girls

The Knack- Get The Knack

Iggy Pop- New Values

Eagles – The Long Run

XTC – Drums and Wires

The Cars – Candy-O

The Kinks – Low Budget

Chic – Risqué

Van Morrison – Into the Music

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Survival

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