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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.
1970712291,129 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971732390,227 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972802284,202 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973836329,989 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974789121,685 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (237th)
by Genesis
1975811282,112 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976773140,541 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977784273,961 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978795140,872 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979790270,344 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,8242,525,061

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
931.

In The Heat Of The NightUnited States Pat Benatar
Year of Release:1979Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1979:85Rank Score:210
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,162
Average Rating:  74/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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932.

SecretsUnited States Herbie Hancock
Year of Release:1976Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1976:76Rank Score:210
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,169
Average Rating:  73/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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933.

Perfect AngelUnited States Minnie Riperton
Year of Release:1974Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:210
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,175
Average Rating:  76/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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934.

Still BillUnited States Bill Withers
Year of Release:1972Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1972:93Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,183
Average Rating:  77/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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935.

Sweet FreedomUnited Kingdom Uriah Heep
Year of Release:1973Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,188
Average Rating:  71/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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936.

Il Mio Canto LiberoItaly Lucio Battisti
Year of Release:1972Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1972:94Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,193
Average Rating:  73/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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937.

Solid State SurvivorJapan Yellow Magic Orchestra
Year of Release:1979Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1979:86Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,201
Average Rating:  77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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938.

Banco Del Mutuo SoccorsoItaly Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Year of Release:1972Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,203
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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939.

High, Low And In BetweenUnited States Townes Van Zandt
Year of Release:1972Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1972:96Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,208
Average Rating:  74/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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940.

Past, Present And FutureUnited Kingdom Al Stewart
Year of Release:1973Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1973:104Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,209
Average Rating:  72/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 384 38%
United Kingdom 381 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 17 2%
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