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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 24,000 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.
1970984332,981 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,009443,230 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,060332,734 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,051374,253 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974967143,966 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (220th)
by Genesis
19751,041323,504 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976958163,302 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977949314,889 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978955161,389 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979973303,685 London Calling (13th)
by The Clash
Total9,9472,893,934

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

News Of The WorldUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1977Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1977:21Rank Score:2,448
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:783
Average Rating:  76/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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192.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1974:12Rank Score:2,441
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:784
Average Rating:  78/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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193.

RisingUnited Kingdom Rainbow
Year of Release:1976Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1976:13Rank Score:2,438
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:785
Average Rating:  79/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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194.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,373
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:801
Average Rating:  80/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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195.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,365
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:803
Average Rating:  76/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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196.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,363
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  80/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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197.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,334
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:815
Average Rating:  76/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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198.

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento/Lô Borges
Year of Release:1972Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,332
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:816
Average Rating:  81/100 (116 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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199.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,285
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  79/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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200.

Veedon FleeceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1974Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,244
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  79/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 84 8%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 387 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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