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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 22,000 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.
1970894305,176 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971884422,475 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972945308,264 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
1973957351,122 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974893133,222 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (222nd)
by Genesis
1975937300,848 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976880152,532 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977878293,610 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978891151,970 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979888289,362 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,0472,708,580

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
191.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,345
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:765
Average Rating:  80/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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192.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,278
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:783
Average Rating:  75/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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193.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,260
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:788
Average Rating:  76/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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194.

ThirdUnited Kingdom Soft Machine
Year of Release:1970Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1970:28Rank Score:2,222
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:795
Average Rating:  80/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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195.

Band Of GypsysUnited States Band Of Gypsys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:2,213
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:798
Average Rating:  81/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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196.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T. Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,123
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  80/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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197.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:2,098
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  80/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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198.

DesertshoreGermany Nico
Year of Release:1970Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,082
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:842
Average Rating:  80/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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199.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:2,063
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:847
Average Rating:  79/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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200.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,059
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:848
Average Rating:  80/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 102 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Queen 8 1%
Santana 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 379 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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