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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 25,000 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.
19701,038343,605 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,060460,662 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,122345,627 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,110389,988 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,018150,063 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (220th)
by Genesis
19751,098335,449 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,017170,200 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,003328,587 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,005167,627 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,023314,191 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,4943,005,998

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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191.

Larks' Tongues In AspicUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1973Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:2,551
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:787
Average Rating:  81/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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192.

The Köln ConcertUnited States Keith Jarrett
Year of Release:1975Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1975:12Rank Score:2,530
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:790
Average Rating:  82/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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193.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:2,480
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  79/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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194.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,480
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:801
Average Rating:  78/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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195.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:2,475
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:805
Average Rating:  77/100 (213 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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196.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,474
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  75/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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197.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,454
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:809
Average Rating:  81/100 (243 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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198.

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento/Lô Borges
Year of Release:1972Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,444
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:814
Average Rating:  81/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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199.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,436
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:820
Average Rating:  79/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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200.

YUnited Kingdom The Pop Group
Year of Release:1979Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1979:19Rank Score:2,434
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  78/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 109 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Frank Zappa 10 1%
David Bowie 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Various Artists 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 15 2%
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