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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 18,000 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.
1970610273,812 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971649363,775 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972691263,427 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973715307,501 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974668113,161 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (225th)
by Genesis
1975679262,371 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976666131,008 Ramones (136th)
by Ramones
1977662254,345 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978665129,877 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979686250,300 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,6912,349,577

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.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,940
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:799
Average Rating:  79/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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192.

DesertshoreGermany Nico
Year of Release:1970Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,933
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:805
Average Rating:  79/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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193.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T. Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:1,887
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:819
Average Rating:  80/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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194.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1973:22Rank Score:1,879
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:825
Average Rating:  76/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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195.

Larks' Tongues In AspicUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1973Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,853
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  79/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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196.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,852
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  82/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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197.

Veedon FleeceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1974Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:1,844
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  78/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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198.

Band Of GypsysUnited States Band Of Gypsys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1970:31Rank Score:1,838
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  81/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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199.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:1,816
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  79/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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200.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,774
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:863
Average Rating:  77/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 112 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 394 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 31 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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