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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 16,000 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.
1970557256,007 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971589339,929 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972641244,449 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973659289,277 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974615102,879 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (229th)
by Genesis
1975616247,160 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976598123,015 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977609240,592 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978611121,422 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979626237,239 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,1212,201,969

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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191.

The Madcap LaughsUnited Kingdom Syd Barrett
Year of Release:1970Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:1,777
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:821
Average Rating: 77/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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192.

Mothership ConnectionUnited States Parliament
Year of Release:1975Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1975:12Rank Score:1,758
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:828
Average Rating: 79/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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193.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1973:22Rank Score:1,753
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:829
Average Rating: 75/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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194.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1973:23Rank Score:1,744
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:835
Average Rating: 81/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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195.

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!United States Devo
Year of Release:1978Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:1,726
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:845
Average Rating: 79/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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196.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:1,715
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:848
Average Rating: 78/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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197.

Excitable BoyUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1978Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1978:19Rank Score:1,711
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:851
Average Rating: 77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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198.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:1,706
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:853
Average Rating: 80/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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199.

SunflowerUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:1,705
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:854
Average Rating: 78/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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200.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:1,700
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:856
Average Rating: 79/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 91 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 394 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Italy 17 2%
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