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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 26,000 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.
19701,067348,344 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,087467,031 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,146349,728 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,131395,128 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,033153,151 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (218th)
by Genesis
19751,111339,130 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,030173,016 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,021333,941 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,024170,275 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,046318,702 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,6963,048,447

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
931.

Teenage HeadUnited States The Flamin' Groovies
Year of Release:1971Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1971:97Rank Score:254
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,205
Average Rating:  77/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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932.

Live At Carnegie HallUnited States Bill Withers
Year of Release:1973Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:254
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,208
Average Rating:  76/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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933.

BandolierUnited Kingdom Budgie
Year of Release:1975Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1975:97Rank Score:254
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,212
Average Rating:  73/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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934.

Live KillersUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1979Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1979:81Rank Score:252
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,230
Average Rating:  74/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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935.

All DirectionsUnited States The Temptations
Year of Release:1972Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1972:97Rank Score:252
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,233
Average Rating:  78/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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936.

Shooting At The MoonUnited Kingdom Kevin Ayers
Year of Release:1970Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1970:101Rank Score:252
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,235
Average Rating:  75/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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937.

Back To FrontIreland Gilbert O'Sullivan
Year of Release:1972Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1972:98Rank Score:252
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,238
Average Rating:  69/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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938.

Evening StarUnited Kingdom Fripp & Eno
Year of Release:1975Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1975:98Rank Score:251
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,248
Average Rating:  76/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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939.

CSNMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills & Nash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1977:91Rank Score:251
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,249
Average Rating:  74/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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940.

Eternally YoursAustralia The Saints
Year of Release:1978Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:250
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,261
Average Rating:  70/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 108 11%
1972 105 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Various Artists 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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