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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.
19701,085352,738 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,108472,169 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,161353,397 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,149398,345 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,060155,334 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (218th)
by Genesis
19751,125343,195 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,044174,631 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,036337,974 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,048171,613 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,060322,973 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,8763,082,369

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
991.

ELO 2United Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1973Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1973:111Rank Score:230
Rank in 1970s991Overall Rank:5,678
Average Rating:  73/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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992.

Phases And StagesUnited States Willie Nelson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1974:94Rank Score:230
Rank in 1970s992Overall Rank:5,682
Average Rating:  80/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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993.

MarathonUnited States Santana
Year of Release:1979Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1979:87Rank Score:229
Rank in 1970s993Overall Rank:5,684
Average Rating:  62/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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994.

Afreaka!South Africa Demon Fuzz
Year of Release:1970Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1970:109Rank Score:229
Rank in 1970s994Overall Rank:5,697
Average Rating:  78/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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995.

David LiveUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1974:95Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s995Overall Rank:5,709
Average Rating:  72/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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996.

The House On The HillUnited Kingdom Audience
Year of Release:1971Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1971:104Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s996Overall Rank:5,711
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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997.

Acquiring The TasteUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1971Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1971:105Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s997Overall Rank:5,712
Average Rating:  78/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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998.

The RochesUnited States The Roches
Year of Release:1979Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1979:88Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s998Overall Rank:5,714
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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999.

ShaftUnited States Isaac Hayes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1971:106Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s999Overall Rank:5,715
Average Rating:  77/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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1000.

Not FragileCanada Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Year of Release:1974Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1974:96Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s1,000Overall Rank:5,722
Average Rating:  74/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 5 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%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Queen 8 1%
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Country Albums %


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