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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 19,000 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.
1970646280,678 After The Gold Rush (75th)
by Neil Young
1971672377,120 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972724273,064 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973755318,043 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974704116,763 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975718271,404 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976689135,917 Songs in the Key of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977704263,772 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978702135,173 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979718260,112 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,0322,432,048

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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RankAlbumArtist
921.

Let My Children Hear MusicUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1972Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1972:92Rank Score:205
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,113
Average Rating:  77/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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922.

Not FragileCanada Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Year of Release:1974Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:204
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,135
Average Rating:  72/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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923.

RimmelItaly Francesco De Gregori
Year of Release:1975Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1975:96Rank Score:204
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,138
Average Rating:  75/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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924.

The Fine Art Of SurfacingIreland The Boomtown Rats
Year of Release:1979Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1979:83Rank Score:204
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,139
Average Rating:  77/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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925.

Face To Face: A Live RecordingUnited Kingdom Cockney Rebel
Year of Release:1977Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1977:86Rank Score:204
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,146
Average Rating:  65/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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926.

ZarathustraItaly Museo Rosenbach
Year of Release:1973Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1973:104Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,166
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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927.

Una Donna Per AmicoItaly Lucio Battisti
Year of Release:1978Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1978:105Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,167
Average Rating:  70/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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928.

High, Low And In BetweenUnited States Townes Van Zandt
Year of Release:1972Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1972:93Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,168
Average Rating:  74/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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929.

Still BillUnited States Bill Withers
Year of Release:1972Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1972:94Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,176
Average Rating:  77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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930.

JoleneUnited States Dolly Parton
Year of Release:1974Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,185
Average Rating:  74/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 113 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Gentle Giant 8 1%
Santana 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 390 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 16 2%
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