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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.
1970953330,331 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971971438,067 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,036329,461 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,033370,113 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974953142,086 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,015319,064 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976937160,196 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977934313,253 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978945159,787 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979956301,145 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,7332,863,504

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.

BacklessUnited Kingdom Eric Clapton
Year of Release:1978Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1978:102Rank Score:242
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,104
Average Rating:  73/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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922.

Ready For The HouseUnited States Jandek
Year of Release:1978Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1978:103Rank Score:242
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,105
Average Rating:  77/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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923.

Runt: The Ballad of Todd RundgrenUnited States Todd Rundgren
Year of Release:1971Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1971:95Rank Score:241
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,127
Average Rating:  74/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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924.

Hero And HeroineUnited Kingdom Strawbs
Year of Release:1974Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:241
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,130
Average Rating:  79/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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925.

IncantationsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1978Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,132
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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926.

Quark, Strangeness And CharmUnited Kingdom Hawkwind
Year of Release:1977Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1977:90Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,138
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 1979:80Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,141
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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928.

GumboUnited States Dr. John
Year of Release:1972Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1972:96Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,159
Average Rating:  75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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929.

Loud 'n' ProudUnited Kingdom Nazareth
Year of Release:1973Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,163
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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930.

CSNMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills & Nash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1977:91Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,165
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 86 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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