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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.
1970945328,196 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971957435,137 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972999327,165 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,023368,284 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974942140,211 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (223rd)
by Genesis
19751,005317,196 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976930159,599 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977923311,766 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978936158,721 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979949301,383 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,6092,847,659

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
921.

CSNMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills & Nash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1977:90Rank Score:242
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,101
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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922.

Shooting At The MoonUnited Kingdom Kevin Ayers
Year of Release:1970Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1970:99Rank Score:242
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,107
Average Rating:  74/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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923.

Visions Of The Emerald BeyondMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1975Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1975:97Rank Score:241
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,118
Average Rating:  70/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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924.

IncantationsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1978Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,124
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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925.

Runt: The Ballad of Todd RundgrenUnited States Todd Rundgren
Year of Release:1971Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1971:94Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,127
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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926.

Quark, Strangeness And CharmUnited Kingdom Hawkwind
Year of Release:1977Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1977:91Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,128
Average Rating:  77/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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927.

Lucio DallaItaly Lucio Dalla
Year of Release:1979Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1979:81Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,134
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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928.

Coming From RealityUnited States Rodriguez
Year of Release:1971Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1971:95Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,142
Average Rating:  80/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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929.

Crossing The Red Sea With The AdvertsUnited Kingdom The Adverts
Year of Release:1978Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1978:105Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,144
Average Rating:  76/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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930.

Loud 'n' ProudUnited Kingdom Nazareth
Year of Release:1973Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,151
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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 95 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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