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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 24,000 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.
1970998335,539 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,027446,967 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,080335,887 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,077378,312 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974976145,447 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (221st)
by Genesis
19751,056326,367 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976979164,490 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977963317,919 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978979162,783 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979991305,860 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,1262,919,572

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

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1974:12Rank Score:2,445
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:786
Average Rating:  78/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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192.

News Of The WorldUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1977Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,438
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:789
Average Rating:  76/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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193.

RisingUnited Kingdom Rainbow
Year of Release:1976Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1976:13Rank Score:2,423
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:793
Average Rating:  79/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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194.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,408
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:798
Average Rating:  81/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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195.

YUnited Kingdom The Pop Group
Year of Release:1979Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1979:19Rank Score:2,398
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  77/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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196.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,394
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  76/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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197.

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento/Lô Borges
Year of Release:1972Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,383
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:808
Average Rating:  81/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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198.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,339
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:819
Average Rating:  75/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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199.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:2,334
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  82/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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200.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:2,314
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:831
Average Rating:  77/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 85 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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