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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.
1970663285,088 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971694382,052 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972752278,464 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973780322,204 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974733118,521 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (232nd)
by Genesis
1975749275,826 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976710137,120 Ramones (138th)
by Ramones
1977731266,287 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978735137,845 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979737264,541 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,2842,467,949

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.

Volumen 3Argentina Pappo's Blues
Year of Release:1973Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1973:100Rank Score:211
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,068
Average Rating:  69/100 (16 votes)
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922.

A Different Kind Of TensionUnited Kingdom Buzzcocks
Year of Release:1979Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1979:85Rank Score:211
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,074
Average Rating:  71/100 (35 votes)
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923.

Back To FrontIreland Gilbert O'Sullivan
Year of Release:1972Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1972:93Rank Score:211
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,078
Average Rating:  68/100 (16 votes)
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924.

Free HandUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1975Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1975:95Rank Score:210
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,087
Average Rating:  76/100 (21 votes)
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925.

Perfect AngelUnited States Minnie Riperton
Year of Release:1974Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,100
Average Rating:  76/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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926.

Nina Hagen BandGermany Nina Hagen Band
Year of Release:1978Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1978:103Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,102
Average Rating:  69/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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927.

SecretsUnited States Herbie Hancock
Year of Release:1976Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1976:74Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,113
Average Rating:  73/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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928.

High, Low And In BetweenUnited States Townes Van Zandt
Year of Release:1972Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1972:94Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,126
Average Rating:  74/100 (32 votes)
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929.

Past, Present And FutureUnited Kingdom Al Stewart
Year of Release:1973Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1973:101Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,133
Average Rating:  72/100 (23 votes)
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930.

For EverymanUnited States Jackson Browne
Year of Release:1973Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1973:102Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,134
Average Rating:  76/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 107 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 78 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 90 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 385 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 17 2%
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