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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 16,000 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.
1970550254,812 After The Gold Rush (73rd)
by Neil Young
1971580336,321 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972627240,721 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973641286,300 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974599102,124 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
1975601244,024 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976587123,110 Ramones (128th)
by Ramones
1977595238,445 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978604121,295 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979615235,466 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,9992,182,617

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.

The RochesUnited States The Roches
Year of Release:1979Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1979:83Rank Score:174
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,488
Average Rating: 70/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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932.

AmigosUnited States Santana
Year of Release:1976Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1976:77Rank Score:174
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,489
Average Rating: 69/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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933.

IncantationsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1978Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1978:111Rank Score:173
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,496
Average Rating: 76/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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934.

Living In The 70sAustralia Skyhooks
Year of Release:1974Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:173
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,501
Average Rating: 74/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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935.

Young, Gifted and BlackUnited States Aretha Franklin
Year of Release:1972Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:173
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,502
Average Rating: 75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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936.

Hölderlins TraumGermany Hölderlin
Year of Release:1972Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1972:96Rank Score:173
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,511
Average Rating: 76/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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937.

Time PassagesUnited Kingdom Al Stewart
Year of Release:1978Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1978:112Rank Score:172
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,530
Average Rating: 71/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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938.

Night OwlUnited Kingdom Gerry Rafferty
Year of Release:1979Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1979:84Rank Score:171
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,539
Average Rating: 66/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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939.

AdventureUnited States Television
Year of Release:1978Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1978:113Rank Score:171
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,544
Average Rating: 75/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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940.

Alice Non Lo SaItaly Francesco De Gregori
Year of Release:1974Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:171
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,545
Average Rating: 73/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 89 9%
1978 117 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 396 40%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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