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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1981

1981 was a big year in the history of rock music. First, it was the year that arena rock exploded. Escape (Journey). 4 (Foreigner).¬†Paradise Theater¬†(Styx). Hi Infidelity (REO Speedwagon – released at the end of 1980, but went on to … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1979

I suspect I have some readers who are deeply disappointed by my almost complete shutout of punk in these lists. For whatever reason, I’ve never been able to get into punk. Perhaps I spent too much of my childhood listening … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1977

1977 is a harbinger of things to come. The first Apple computer goes on sale; Steve Biko dies in police custody in South Africa, giving new life to the movement against Apartheid; Deng Xiaoping comes to power in China, kicking … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 1976

A look at Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1976 reveals that, if disco hadn’t yet conquered the world, the sound was on the ascendent: “Silly Love Songs,” “Disco Lady,” “Play That Funky Music,” “A Fifth of Beethoven.” For my … Continue reading

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