1 SUPERTRAMP - CRIME OF THE CENTURY (1974)
Recruited by a Dutch tycoon, this band kept the faith after he withdrew funding and left us with everlasting tracks such as Dreamer.
2 THE CARPENTERS - HORIZON (1975)
Most technically accomplished album of all from the Connecticut siblings who made easy listening almost cool. Includes their biggestever worldwide hit single, Please Mr Postman.
3 ELO - OUT OF THE BLUE (1977)
ELO cofounder Jeff Lynne's jaunty pop genius is evident in such uplifting tracks as Mr Blue Sky. 4 ARETHA FRANKLIN - ARETHA'S GREATEST HITS (1971)
Take your pick from this or later compilations the queen of soul delivers lusty and heartfelt all-time classics such as Say A Little Prayer.
5 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN (1978)
Seminal Seventies rock 'n' roll disenchantment from blue-collar hero Springsteen darker and more poignant than the celebrated Born To Run.
6 SIMON AND GARFUNKEL - GREATEST HITS (1972)
Paul Simon was the poet laureate of Americana and this is a fine compilation, though it omits the fabulously wistful Only Living Boy In New York.
7 ELTON JOHN - GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD (1973)
Reg Dwight from Pinner may be the Queen Mum of pop now, but he and Bernie Taupin churned out classics such as this in the Seventies.
8 10CC - 10CC (1973)
Debut album by the ironic popsters will make you put on velvet loon pants and big-lapelled shirts.
9 T REX - ELECTRIC WARRIOR (1971)
Fey hippy fantasist Marc Bolan turned glam icon with this singalong glitterpop collection.
10 TIM BUCKLEY - STARSAILOR (1970)
Washington DC folk hero and father of ill-fated Nineties phenomenon Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley was an enigma and a poet. Most memorable track must be Song To The Siren haunting, lyrical and laden with loss.