The Best Albums of the Nixon Presidency

Elvis meeting President Richard Nixon

Many of the most iconic rock and pop albums ever recorded were released during President Nixon's time in office. In fact, Richard Nixon made some recordings of his own that turned out to be quite momentous; but not momentous enough to make this list. So much excellent music was released during Nixon's administration that the strength of the following list could be judged based on the albums not included — albums like Pearl by Janis Joplin, Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis by Elvis Presley, Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin, In the Court of King Crimson by King Crimson, After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield, and Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye.

10. #1 Record - Big Star

Big Star doesn’t receive their fair share of credit. If the band had been signed to a solvent and competent record label, the inclusion of their debut album on this list would probably be a given. Unfortunately, too many people are unaware of one of the biggest influences on the alternative music scene of the '80s and have missed out on an album that may be the pinnacle of power-pop.

9. Blue - Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell laid so nakedly bare her pain and tumult on Blue, it’s almost impossible (at least for those who can feel) to not want to weep along with her crumbling voice. Add in the dimension of the early '70s cultural angst, and Joni Mitchell helped shape the template for folk-rock as a pop culture touchstone.