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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 24,000 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.
1970985333,093 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,012443,496 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,065332,995 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,057374,681 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974968144,003 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (220th)
by Genesis
19751,047324,065 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976963163,379 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977955315,034 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978963161,566 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (168th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979978303,827 London Calling (13th)
by The Clash
Total9,9932,896,141

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

HeresieBelgium Univers Zero
Year of Release:1979Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1979:80Rank Score:246
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,084
Average Rating:  78/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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922.

Exotic Birds And FruitUnited Kingdom Procol Harum
Year of Release:1974Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1974:87Rank Score:246
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,085
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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923.

Chicago IIIUnited States Chicago
Year of Release:1971Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1971:97Rank Score:246
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,089
Average Rating:  74/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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924.

D.o.A: The Third And Final Report of Throbbing GristleUnited Kingdom Throbbing Gristle
Year of Release:1978Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1978:101Rank Score:245
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,103
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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925.

A Space In TimeUnited Kingdom Ten Years After
Year of Release:1971Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1971:98Rank Score:245
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,110
Average Rating:  78/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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926.

ThrustUnited States Herbie Hancock
Year of Release:1974Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:245
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,113
Average Rating:  72/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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927.

Zappa in New YorkUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1978Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1978:102Rank Score:245
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,114
Average Rating:  76/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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928.

RazamanazUnited Kingdom Nazareth
Year of Release:1973Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:245
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,122
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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929.

Closer To HomeUnited States Grand Funk Railroad
Year of Release:1970Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1970:99Rank Score:243
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,147
Average Rating:  79/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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930.

BacklessUnited Kingdom Eric Clapton
Year of Release:1978Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1978:103Rank Score:243
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,155
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 84 8%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 387 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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