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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 17,000 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.
1970578264,339 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971617352,589 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972660253,953 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973681297,919 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974633107,670 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975642254,171 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976624127,577 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977628248,052 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978628125,379 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979642243,786 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,3332,275,435

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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921.

Bare TreesUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1972Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1972:94Rank Score:186
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,379
Average Rating:  70/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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922.

StageUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1978:107Rank Score:186
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,381
Average Rating:  71/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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923.

ELO 2United Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1973Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1973:104Rank Score:185
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,393
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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924.

VitalUnited Kingdom Van Der Graaf Generator
Year of Release:1978Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1978:108Rank Score:185
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,396
Average Rating:  70/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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925.

Blackheart ManJamaica Bunny Wailer
Year of Release:1976Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1976:77Rank Score:185
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,406
Average Rating:  73/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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926.

Pieces Of A ManUnited States Gil Scott-Heron
Year of Release:1971Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1971:93Rank Score:184
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,418
Average Rating:  77/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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927.

Volumen 5Argentina Pappo's Blues
Year of Release:1974Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:184
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,420
Average Rating:  71/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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928.

Still BillUnited States Bill Withers
Year of Release:1972Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:184
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,430
Average Rating:  77/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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929.

Extra TextureUnited Kingdom George Harrison
Year of Release:1975Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1975:93Rank Score:184
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,432
Average Rating:  66/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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930.

Rocky Mountain HighUnited States John Denver
Year of Release:1972Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1972:96Rank Score:183
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,442
Average Rating:  66/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 83 8%
1977 92 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 400 40%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 28 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Italy 17 2%
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