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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 26,000 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.
19701,090353,397 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,112472,772 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,165353,943 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,152398,994 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,066155,790 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (216th)
by Genesis
19751,128343,723 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,046174,876 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,039338,673 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,049171,870 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,063323,384 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,9103,087,421

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.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,597
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:792
Average Rating:  81/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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192.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:2,595
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:793
Average Rating:  79/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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193.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1973:24Rank Score:2,581
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:795
Average Rating:  82/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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194.

StarsailorUnited States Tim Buckley
Year of Release:1970Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,536
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  78/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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195.

MirageUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1974Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,504
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:816
Average Rating:  81/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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196.

Brain Salad SurgeryUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1973Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:2,500
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  77/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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197.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,499
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:819
Average Rating:  79/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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198.

YUnited Kingdom The Pop Group
Year of Release:1979Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1979:19Rank Score:2,497
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:820
Average Rating:  78/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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199.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,490
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:822
Average Rating:  78/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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200.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,487
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:823
Average Rating:  75/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 106 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Various Artists 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 387 39%
United States 387 39%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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