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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 14,000 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.
1970515235,983 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971537314,625 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972586224,935 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973598268,006 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197454193,156 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (234th)
by Genesis
1975554229,643 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976538114,690 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977530220,472 Rumours (39th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978539113,092 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979543221,174 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,4812,035,775

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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191.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,647
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:814
Average Rating: 76/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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192.

CurtisUnited States Curtis Mayfield
Year of Release:1970Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1970:28Rank Score:1,635
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:820
Average Rating: 79/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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193.

Larks' Tongues In AspicUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1973Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,626
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:825
Average Rating: 79/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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194.

Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part OneUnited Kingdom The Kinks
Year of Release:1970Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,621
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:829
Average Rating: 80/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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195.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:1,615
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:832
Average Rating: 82/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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196.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,601
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:838
Average Rating: 79/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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197.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,569
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:852
Average Rating: 77/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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198.

Katy LiedUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:1,525
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:872
Average Rating: 79/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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199.

The Sun SessionsUnited States Elvis Presley
Year of Release:1976Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1976:15Rank Score:1,518
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:876
Average Rating: 80/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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200.

Sail AwayUnited States Randy Newman
Year of Release:1972Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:1,510
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:881
Average Rating: 78/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 89 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Santana 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 388 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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