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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 26,000 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.
19701,067347,792 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,086465,370 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,144349,301 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,131394,496 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,032152,575 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (218th)
by Genesis
19751,111338,759 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,029172,230 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,020333,103 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,024169,805 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,046318,010 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,6903,041,441

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.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:2,589
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:789
Average Rating:  82/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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192.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,494
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:805
Average Rating:  80/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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193.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:2,489
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  77/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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194.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,485
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:807
Average Rating:  75/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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195.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:2,483
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:808
Average Rating:  79/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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196.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,483
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:811
Average Rating:  81/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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197.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,481
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:813
Average Rating:  79/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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198.

StarsailorUnited States Tim Buckley
Year of Release:1970Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,478
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:817
Average Rating:  78/100 (176 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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199.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,475
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:819
Average Rating:  78/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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200.

MirageUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1974Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,470
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:823
Average Rating:  81/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 109 11%
1972 105 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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