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Best Albums of the 1970s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 16,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
1970550255,114 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971581336,551 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972629242,056 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973645286,871 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974602102,275 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (230th)
by Genesis
1975603244,776 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976588122,227 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977598238,429 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978604121,156 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979619235,996 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,0192,185,451

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Queen.
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RankAlbumArtist
191.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,758
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:819
Average Rating: 75/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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192.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:1,748
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:825
Average Rating: 79/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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193.

The B-52'sUnited States The B-52's
Year of Release:1979Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1979:19Rank Score:1,748
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:826
Average Rating: 77/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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194.

Mothership ConnectionUnited States Parliament
Year of Release:1975Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1975:12Rank Score:1,746
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:827
Average Rating: 79/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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195.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:1,714
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:843
Average Rating: 78/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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196.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,712
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:844
Average Rating: 79/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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197.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:1,706
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:845
Average Rating: 80/100 (146 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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198.

SunflowerUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,701
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:848
Average Rating: 78/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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199.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:1,678
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:858
Average Rating: 79/100 (100 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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200.

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1973Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,672
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:860
Average Rating: 77/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 91 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Santana 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 395 40%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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