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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 14,000 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.
1970515234,971 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971537313,747 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972586224,436 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973597266,886 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197454192,573 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975554228,595 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976534114,466 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977530220,020 Rumours (39th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978538112,706 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (167th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979543220,392 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,4752,028,791

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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931.

Can't Get EnoughUnited States Barry White
Year of Release:1974Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1974:87Rank Score:160
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,520
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932.

Chicago XIUnited States Chicago
Year of Release:1977Appears in:2 charts
Rank in 1977:86Rank Score:160
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,522
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933.

MasqueUnited States Kansas
Year of Release:1975Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1975:95Rank Score:160
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,529
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934.

This Is The Moody BluesUnited Kingdom The Moody Blues
Year of Release:1974Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:160
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,540
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935.

Yesterday's WineUnited States Willie Nelson
Year of Release:1971Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1971:96Rank Score:159
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,552
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936.

Kingdom ComeUnited States Sir Lord Baltimore
Year of Release:1970Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1970:102Rank Score:159
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,558
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937.

ThrustUnited States Herbie Hancock
Year of Release:1974Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:158
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,579
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938.

D.o.A: The Third And Final Report of Throbbing GristleUnited Kingdom Throbbing Gristle
Year of Release:1978Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1978:106Rank Score:158
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,585
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939.

Chicken Skin MusicUnited States Ry Cooder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1976:79Rank Score:157
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,593
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940.

Like An Old Fashioned WaltzUnited Kingdom Sandy Denny
Year of Release:1973Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1973:102Rank Score:157
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,599
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 88 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Santana 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 388 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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