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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.
1970712291,129 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971732390,227 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972802284,202 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973836329,989 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974789121,685 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (237th)
by Genesis
1975811282,112 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976773140,541 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977784273,961 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978795140,872 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979790270,344 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,8242,525,061

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.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,076
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:796
Average Rating:  76/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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192.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T.Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1972:19Rank Score:2,068
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  80/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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193.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:2,040
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:813
Average Rating:  83/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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194.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:1,999
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:827
Average Rating:  80/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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195.

A Farewell To KingsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1977Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:1,968
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  78/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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196.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,966
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  79/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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197.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,961
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  80/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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198.

Tales From Topographic OceansUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1973Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,935
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  74/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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199.

Hosianna MantraGermany Popol Vuh
Year of Release:1972Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:1,924
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:855
Average Rating:  83/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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200.

DestroyerUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1976Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:1,899
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:866
Average Rating:  74/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 384 38%
United Kingdom 381 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 17 2%
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