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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 23,000 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.
1970954330,340 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971972437,951 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,038329,152 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,033369,924 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974953141,915 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,016318,844 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976937160,101 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977934313,020 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978945159,725 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979956300,930 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,7382,861,901

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.

RisingUnited Kingdom Rainbow
Year of Release:1976Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1976:13Rank Score:2,438
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:780
Average Rating:  79/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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192.

News Of The WorldUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1977Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1977:21Rank Score:2,435
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:782
Average Rating:  76/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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193.

Just Another Diamond DayUnited Kingdom Vashti Bunyan
Year of Release:1970Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,425
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:787
Average Rating:  82/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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194.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,395
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:793
Average Rating:  80/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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195.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,360
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:798
Average Rating:  76/100 (208 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:2,358
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  80/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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197.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,314
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:812
Average Rating:  76/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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198.

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento/Lô Borges
Year of Release:1972Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,259
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:829
Average Rating:  80/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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199.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,245
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:831
Average Rating:  79/100 (221 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:832
Average Rating:  79/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 86 9%
Artist Albums %


Frank Zappa 10 1%
David Bowie 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Various Artists 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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