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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 20,000 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.
1970725295,016 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971744394,019 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972816287,719 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973844333,553 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974797124,520 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975825284,039 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976780142,745 Songs In The Key Of Life (140th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977803277,256 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978802142,811 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979801274,248 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,9372,555,925

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 Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
191.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T. Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1972:19Rank Score:2,115
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:799
Average Rating:  80/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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192.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1974:12Rank Score:2,112
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  78/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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193.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,093
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  81/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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194.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:2,091
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  83/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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195.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,088
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:807
Average Rating:  76/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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196.

Pretzel LogicUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1974Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,037
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:819
Average Rating:  79/100 (215 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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197.

A Farewell To KingsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1977Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:2,008
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  78/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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198.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,982
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:844
Average Rating:  79/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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199.

Just Another Diamond DayUnited Kingdom Vashti Bunyan
Year of Release:1970Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,977
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:848
Average Rating:  82/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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200.

Tales From Topographic OceansUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1973Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,969
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  75/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 374 37%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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