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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 19,000 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.
1970646280,783 After The Gold Rush (75th)
by Neil Young
1971672377,087 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972723272,981 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973755317,958 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974704116,697 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975715271,388 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976689135,884 Songs in the Key of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977704263,726 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978702135,122 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979718260,072 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,0282,431,697

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.

Workingman's DeadUnited States Grateful Dead
Year of Release:1970Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1970:28Rank Score:2,080
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:772
Average Rating:  80/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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192.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T. Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,049
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:783
Average Rating:  80/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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193.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,933
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:822
Average Rating:  83/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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194.

Larks' Tongues In AspicUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1973Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,927
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  79/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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195.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:1,924
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  76/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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196.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:1,902
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  79/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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197.

Band Of GypsysUnited States Band Of Gypsys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,888
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  81/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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198.

Veedon FleeceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1974Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:1,858
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  78/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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199.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,858
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:847
Average Rating:  78/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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200.

ThirdUnited Kingdom Soft Machine
Year of Release:1970Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,846
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:854
Average Rating:  80/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 113 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Gentle Giant 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 390 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 16 2%
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