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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 20,000 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.
1970723294,371 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971743393,572 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972813287,189 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973841332,657 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974797124,210 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975820283,669 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976779142,550 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977798276,514 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978802142,572 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979799273,736 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,9152,551,041

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 Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
921.

Loud 'n' ProudUnited Kingdom Nazareth
Year of Release:1973Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1973:101Rank Score:217
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,057
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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922.

LiveUnited States Donny Hathaway
Year of Release:1972Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1972:94Rank Score:217
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,070
Average Rating:  75/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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923.

Nicely Out Of TuneUnited Kingdom Lindisfarne
Year of Release:1970Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1970:102Rank Score:217
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,071
Average Rating:  71/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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924.

Snowflakes Are DancingJapan Isao Tomita
Year of Release:1974Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:216
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,074
Average Rating:  71/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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925.

CartolaBrazil Cartola
Year of Release:1976Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1976:75Rank Score:216
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,075
Average Rating:  79/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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926.

The Electric LuciferCanada Bruce Haack
Year of Release:1970Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1970:103Rank Score:216
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,083
Average Rating:  78/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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927.

Gentle GiantUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1970Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1970:104Rank Score:215
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,096
Average Rating:  77/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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928.

Join HandsUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1979Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1979:85Rank Score:215
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,097
Average Rating:  70/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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929.

Movimento PerpétuoPortugal Carlos Paredes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:215
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,107
Average Rating:  79/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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930.

Rocky Mountain HighUnited States John Denver
Year of Release:1972Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:214
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,116
Average Rating:  67/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


Frank Zappa 10 1%
David Bowie 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 375 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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