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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 14,000 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.
1970515234,971 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971537313,747 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972586224,436 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973597266,886 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197454192,573 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975554228,595 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976534114,466 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977530220,020 Rumours (39th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978538112,706 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (168th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979543220,392 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,4752,028,791

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.

A Different Kind Of TensionUnited Kingdom Buzzcocks
Year of Release:1979Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1979:85Rank Score:164
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,414
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922.

Terrapin StationUnited States Grateful Dead
Year of Release:1977Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1977:85Rank Score:164
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,415
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923.

Endless SummerUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1974Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1974:86Rank Score:164
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,421
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924.

The Only OnesUnited Kingdom The Only Ones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:163
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,443
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925.

BudgieUnited Kingdom Budgie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1971:94Rank Score:162
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,462
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926.

Thank Christ For The BombUnited Kingdom The Groundhogs
Year of Release:1970Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1970:101Rank Score:162
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,465
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927.

SplitUnited Kingdom The Groundhogs
Year of Release:1971Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1971:95Rank Score:162
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,466
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928.

A Trip To MarinevilleUnited Kingdom Swell Maps
Year of Release:1979Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1979:86Rank Score:161
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,499
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929.

Crossing The Red Sea With The AdvertsUnited Kingdom The Adverts
Year of Release:1978Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1978:105Rank Score:160
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,507
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930.

Jackson BrowneUnited States Jackson Browne
Year of Release:1972Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1972:99Rank Score:160
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,512
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 88 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 388 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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