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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 15,000 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.
1970537251,307 After The Gold Rush (73rd)
by Neil Young
1971564331,612 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972612237,131 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973625280,494 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197458099,503 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (232nd)
by Genesis
1975583240,946 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976560120,043 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977565233,602 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978569119,093 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979582232,284 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,7772,146,014

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.

Mothership ConnectionUnited States Parliament
Year of Release:1975Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1975:12Rank Score:1,732
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:810
Average Rating: 79/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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192.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:1,732
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:811
Average Rating: 78/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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193.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:1,719
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:816
Average Rating: 80/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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194.

SunflowerUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,697
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:825
Average Rating: 78/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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195.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,692
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:828
Average Rating: 79/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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196.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:1,687
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:831
Average Rating: 79/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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197.

DesertshoreGermany Nico
Year of Release:1970Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,676
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:833
Average Rating: 78/100 (100 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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198.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,671
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:836
Average Rating: 75/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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199.

CurtisUnited States Curtis Mayfield
Year of Release:1970Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1970:31Rank Score:1,670
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:837
Average Rating: 79/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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200.

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1973Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,663
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:843
Average Rating: 77/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 87 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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