10 Albums Turning 50 in 2020
By: Julia Prendergast
We’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of 10 awesome albums that are already turning 50 – can you believe it?!
Moondance by Van Morrison
This album blended Irish folk, R&B, and jazz to create the sound that Morrison became known for. ‘Moondance’ was released on January 27th, 1970.
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
This is the final studio album by the duo and with it came three of their most popular songs – ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘The Boxer’, and ‘Cecilia’. It was released on January 26th, 1970.
Signed, Sealed, & Delivered by Stevie Wonder
This was Wonder’s 12th studio album (and the first he received a producer credit for)! This album was released on August 7th, 1970.
Morrison Hotel by The Doors
The hit record The Doors desperately needed after Jim Morrison’s arrests, which was released on February 9th, 1970.
Let It Be by The Beatles
The Beatles had already broken up when this record was released on May 8th, 1970. They had broken up on April 10th of the same year!
Cosmo’s Factory by Creedance Clearwater Revival
This was the band’s fifth studio album and one of their best. It was released on July 25th, 1970.
After the Gold Rush by Neil Young
This was Young’s third solo album and proved him to be a fantastic lyricist, with songs like ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ and the title track. ‘After the Goldrush’ was released on August 31st, 1970.
Deep Purple in Rock by Deep Purple
This is the first album that features the classic Deep Purple lineup – Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, and Roger Glover. It came out on June 3rd, 1970!
Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! by The Rolling Stones
This is a live album, recorded primarily in Madison Square Garden, and was the first to include Mick Taylor on guitar. It was released on September 4th, 1970.
Ladies of the Canyon by Joni Mitchell
This album celebrated the folk movement with songs like ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, and was released on March 2nd, 1970.