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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.
1970637277,517 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971668372,649 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972719269,790 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973744314,755 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974699115,759 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (228th)
by Genesis
1975709269,313 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976685135,096 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977690260,591 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978692134,299 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979712258,135 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,9552,407,905

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.

Workingman's DeadUnited States Grateful Dead
Year of Release:1970Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1970:28Rank Score:2,049
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:776
Average Rating:  80/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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192.

The SliderUnited Kingdom T. Rex
Year of Release:1972Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,046
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:779
Average Rating:  80/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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193.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,926
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:813
Average Rating:  76/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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194.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:1,908
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:816
Average Rating:  82/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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195.

ThirdUnited Kingdom Soft Machine
Year of Release:1970Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,906
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  80/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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196.

Band Of GypsysUnited States Band Of Gypsys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,870
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:830
Average Rating:  81/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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197.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,869
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  79/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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198.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,860
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  78/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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199.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:1,851
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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200.

DestroyerUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1976Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:1,840
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:850
Average Rating:  74/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 92 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Yes 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 16 2%
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