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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 23,000 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.
1970946328,692 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971958435,527 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,001327,658 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,024368,575 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974944140,682 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,007317,283 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976931159,843 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977925311,915 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978940158,688 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979950301,467 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,6262,850,331

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.

Nursery CrymeUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1971Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1971:25Rank Score:2,427
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:782
Average Rating:  80/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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192.

Teaser And The FirecatUnited Kingdom Cat Stevens
Year of Release:1971Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1971:26Rank Score:2,386
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:788
Average Rating:  80/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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193.

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento/Lô Borges
Year of Release:1972Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,346
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:795
Average Rating:  80/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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194.

Just Another Diamond DayUnited Kingdom Vashti Bunyan
Year of Release:1970Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,329
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:799
Average Rating:  82/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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195.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,318
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:801
Average Rating:  80/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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196.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,313
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:803
Average Rating:  75/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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197.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,312
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  76/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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198.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,298
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:809
Average Rating:  80/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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199.

Veedon FleeceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1974Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,220
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:829
Average Rating:  79/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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200.

A Farewell To KingsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1977Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1977:24Rank Score:2,181
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  78/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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