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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.
1970686288,751 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971717386,810 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972781282,252 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973817326,594 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974769120,556 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (236th)
by Genesis
1975789278,763 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976742139,076 Ramones (138th)
by Ramones
1977757270,672 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978766139,267 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979773267,155 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,5972,499,895

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.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:2,119
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:777
Average Rating:  83/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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192.

Pretzel LogicUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1974Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,077
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:795
Average Rating:  79/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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193.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:2,039
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  80/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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194.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T.Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:1,984
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  80/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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195.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,954
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:832
Average Rating:  78/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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196.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,948
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  80/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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197.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:1,944
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  77/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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198.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,927
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:844
Average Rating:  76/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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199.

A Farewell To KingsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1977Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:1,921
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  78/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 14 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:853
Average Rating:  74/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 387 39%
United Kingdom 378 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 34 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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