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Artist: Bob Dylan
Dylan rankled folk fans by going electric, but he also expanded his audience and influenced a generation with songs that have been analyzed (and lionized) ever since.
Artist: The Beatles
The culmination of years of artistic maturation and bold experimentation. The original rock concept LP.
Artist: Marvin Gaye
The sexy love man took on civil rights, the environment and inner-city turmoil, changing the tone of R & B, both lyrically and musically.
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Artist: Carole King
King's songs of love lost, found and wasted spoke to the Me Generation's turn toward introspection.
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Mystical and bombastic, acoustic and brash, Zeppelin defined '70s rock (and FM radio).
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Incorporating blues, soul, country and gospel, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards dug deep into the era's spiritual malaise and made the Stones' most emotional album.
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Artist: Stevie Wonder
The best of a series of innovative, hit-filled albums Wonder made in a 1970s creative surge, Innervisions changed the sound of popular music.
The Southern California rock band was both romantic and cynical, diluting any sweetness with a bitter edge that reflected the compromises of adulthood.
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Artist: Bob Marley & the Wailers
The sensual, spiritual album that helped make reggae one of the most popular musical genres in the world.
The percolating rhythms of disco captured the zest, decadence and hustling of the dance boom.
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