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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 18,000 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.
1970622276,046 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971662369,091 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972710267,582 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973736312,019 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974689114,267 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (230th)
by Genesis
1975697265,917 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976677133,652 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977680257,863 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978677132,095 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979699254,840 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,8492,383,373

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.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T. Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:1,994
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:787
Average Rating:  80/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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192.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,959
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  79/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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193.

Band Of GypsysUnited States Band Of Gypsys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,953
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  81/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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194.

ThirdUnited Kingdom Soft Machine
Year of Release:1970Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,934
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:809
Average Rating:  80/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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195.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:1,921
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:814
Average Rating:  78/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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196.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,905
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  81/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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197.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:1,867
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  79/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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198.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,866
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  76/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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199.

ArtaudArgentina Pescado Rabioso
Year of Release:1973Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:1,862
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  78/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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200.

Veedon FleeceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1974Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:1,845
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:844
Average Rating:  78/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 394 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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