Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pazz & Jop 1979: Dean's List


  1. The Clash (Epic) 18
  2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise) 17
  3. Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (Chrysalis) 14
  4. Van Morrison: Into the Music (Warner Bros.) 11
  5. Air: Air Lore (Arista Novus) 11
  6. Graham Parker & the Rumour: Squeezing Out Sparks (Arista) 9
  7. The B-52s (Warner Bros.) 5
  8. Nick Lowe: Labour of Lust (Columbia) 5
  9. The Roches (Warner Bros.) 5
  10. Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown (Columbia) 5

  11. Tom Verlaine (Elektra).
  12. Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Casablanca)
  13. Talking Heads: Fear of Music (Sire)
  14. Wreckless Eric: The Whole Wide World (Stiff)
  15. The Only Ones: Special View (Epic)
  16. Shoes: Present Tense (Elektra)
  17. James Monroe H.S. Presents Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band Goes to Washington (Elektra)
  18. The Buzzcocks: Singles Going Steady (I.R.S.)
  19. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Live Rust (Reprise)
  20. Marianne Faithful: Broken English (Island)
  21. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Forces of Victory (Mango)
  22. Dave Edmunds: Repeat When Necessary (Swan Song)
  23. Fashion: Product Perfect (I.R.S.)
  24. James Brown: The Original Disco Man (Polydor)
  25. Gary Numan & Tubeway Army: Replicas (Atco)
  26. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (Epic)
  27. Culture: International Herb (Virgin Internatioal)
  28. Chic: Good Times (Atlantic)
  29. Millie Jackson: Live and Uncensored (Polydor)
  30. Living Chicago Blues Volume 1 (Alligator)
  31. Lene Lovich: Stateless (Stiff/Epic)
  32. Tom Robinson Band: TRB Two (Harvest)
  33. James Blood: Tales of Captain Black (Artists House)
  34. Cory Daye: Cory and Me (New York International)
  35. Mutiny: Mutiny on the Mamaship (Columbia)
  36. Steel Pulse: Tribute to the Martyrs (Mango)
  37. Blondie: Eat to the Beat (Chrysalis)
  38. Roxy Music: Manifesto (Atlantic)
  39. George Jones: My Very Special Guests (Epic)
  40. Elvis Costello: Armed Forces (Columbia).


  1. The Brains: "Money Changes Everything" (Gray Matter)
  2. Michael Jackson: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (Epic)
  3. The Clash: "1-2 Crush on You" (CBS import)
  4. James Brown: "It's Too Funky in Here" (Polydor 12-inch)
  5. Sister Sledge: "We Are Family" (Cotillion 12-inch)
  6. McFadden & Whitehead: "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (Philadelphia International 12-inch)
  7. Kleenex: "Ain't You" (Rough Trade import)
  8. B-52's: "Rock Lobster"/"52 Girls" (B-52's)
  9. The Records: "Starry Eyes" (Virgin)
  10. Machine: "There But for the Grace of God Go I" (RCA Victor)

Village Voice, Jan. 28, 1980

1978 Essay | Critics Poll 1980