How Good Was The Year (in music) - 1975?

As the dust settles on the 1991 thread HGWTY bids farewell to the new leader of the ages and moves back to 1975, the year so good they named a band after it.

A reminder of the premise of the thread

After a number of days of posting and reminiscing, we’ll be rating the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year, and voting for our favourite nominated albums and songs.

Everyone can nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls two days before the thread closes - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll (as opposed to just posting clips or lists of songs and albums you like, which are very welcome).

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1991 8.98 Slint - Spiderland Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2 1997 8.60 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
3 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
4 1992 8.29 Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted Pulp - Babies
4 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
6 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
7 2004 8.10 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
8 1981 8.06 The Cure - Faith New Order - Ceremony
9 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
10 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
11 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
12 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
13 2005 7.39 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Amerie - 1 Thing
14 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
15 2009 7.10 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
16 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
17 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret
18 1961 5.16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Roy Orbison - Crying

1975 was the year the Vietnam War ended, Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, the first known victim of ‘the Yorkshire Ripper’ Peter Sutcliffe was murdered, US president Gerald Ford survived two assassination attempts, Fawlty Towers aired for the first time, Charlie Chaplin was knighted and the UK voted in a referendum tp stay in Europe.

We said goodbye to Haile Selassie, Francisco Franco, Josephine Baker, Dmitry Shostakovich and Aristotle Onassis and hello to Angelina Jolie, David Beckham, DJ KHALED, Drew Barrymore and 50 Cent.

How good was the music?

You have until Monday 23rd May to nominate one album and one song which will then go into a poll along with a number rating poll for year overall out of 10, which will close on Wednesday 25th.

Some lists for inspiration:

Best Albums of 1975 : Best Ever Albums
Best albums of 1975 - Rate Your Music
100 Greatest Albums of 1975
1975 Best Albums And Tracks Of The Year - NME
100 Greatest Songs From 1975

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations


Oh well this is an easy one NOMINATE ALBUM Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Actuallly fuck it, NOMINATE SONG Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland. In the top 5 best songs ever written imo.


Not an amazing year but there was choice some disco funk about

Nominate song: Fatback Band - Yum Yum (Gimme Some)

Will pass on the albums as I can’t think of one right now


Honourable mention to this classic too

1 Like

Nominate Album: Neil Young - Tonight’s the Night, probably the first thing I would say if asked what my favourite album was


Nominate Album: Another Green World - Brian Eno

Nominate Song: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (sorry, but it is, isn’t it?)

Closely followed by Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Kashmir by Led Zep, and The Big Ship by Eno


Early track nomination - going with my first instinct

Nominate song: Labi Siffre - I Got The

Eminem ain’t got a patch on this


Lots of good stuff


nominate album: bob dylan - blood on the tracks


:metal: :metal: :metal:


Oh yeah


Nominate song Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer.

Probably my favourite song of any year, if I had to name one.


Oh man I love these threads!

Going to dive straight in with this absolute piece of epic pop banger perfection


Robert Wyatt – Ruth is Stranger than Richard


Patti Smith – Horses


Fela Kuti – Expensive Shit


This may end up being my nominated track…

Gavin Bryars – Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet

(Released as an LP with The Sinking of the Titanic)

If you haven’t heard it; a tape loop of a homeless man singing on the streets of London (that had been recorded for a film) which slowly builds into an orchestral piece around the distinctive but haunting melody.


Early album nomination for me this time too. A little bit of dithering over whether it might be Patti Smith or Donna Summer, but after not too much deliberation, I’m going with the P-funk.

Nominate album: Parliament - Mothership Connection