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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 18,000 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.
1970624277,110 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971666370,465 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972713268,586 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973739313,276 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974692114,703 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975698266,905 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976677134,345 Ramones (132nd)
by Ramones
1977681257,987 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978683132,483 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979702255,815 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,8752,391,676

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.

Movimento PerpétuoPortugal Carlos Paredes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1971:96Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,231
Average Rating:  76/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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922.

Zappa in New YorkUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1978Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1978:106Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,232
Average Rating:  73/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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923.

A Space In TimeUnited Kingdom Ten Years After
Year of Release:1971Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1971:97Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,238
Average Rating:  76/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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924.

Paradise And LunchUnited States Ry Cooder
Year of Release:1974Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1974:86Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,243
Average Rating:  73/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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925.

Free HandUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1975Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1975:93Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,246
Average Rating:  75/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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926.

PersepolisRomania Iannis Xenakis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:201
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,257
Average Rating:  76/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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927.

Gentle GiantUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1970Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1970:103Rank Score:201
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,272
Average Rating:  74/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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928.

WatertownUnited States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1970Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1970:104Rank Score:200
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,277
Average Rating:  66/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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929.

SoundtracksGermany Can
Year of Release:1970Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1970:105Rank Score:200
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,287
Average Rating:  78/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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930.

Peliculas Argentina La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros
Year of Release:1977Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1977:86Rank Score:200
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,302
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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