We’ve finally reached the finish line with the fifth and final of our 100 best albums of the 1970s mixes.

We’re profiling the finest albums of the 1970s over the course of this week, with the complete rundown being revealed on Friday. In addition, we’re also uploading a daily mix to accompany each clutch of records, each curated by a different member of the FACT team, designed to showcase the diversity and quality of the albums we’ve plumped for. You can still catch up with Monday’s #100-81 session, Tuesday’s #80-61, Wednesday’s #60-41, and Thursday’s #40-21.

This last collection focuses on the hallowed #20-1 bracket, and has been lovingly stitched together by John Twells. Despite representing the top half of the charts, it’s a weird one, welding splattered vintage electronics with eerie ambient music, devotional jazz, blunted dub and proto-techno – really. If you were ever wondering why many regard the 70s as music’s greatest decade, this might be a good place to start.

01 Goblin – Markos
02 Henry Cow – Deluge
03 Popol Vuh – In den Gärten Pharaos
04 Nico – The Falconer
05 Gavin Bryars – The Sinking of the Titanic
06 Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink – Schwartzenbachtalsperre No.10
07 Black Sabbath – Lord of this World
08 Suicide – Ghost Rider
09 Hawkwind – Electronic No.1
10 Miles Davis – Black Satin
11 Alice Coltrane – Oh Allah
12 Serge Gainsbourg – Balade de Melody
13 The Upsetters – Elephant Rock
14 Tom Waits – Red Shoes
15 Millie Jackson – The Rap
16 Marcia Griffiths – I Just Don’t Want to be Lonely
17 Throbbing Gristle – Walkabout
18 Cluster – Caramel
19 Klaus Schulze – Floating
20 The Saints – Wild About You



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