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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 23,000 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.
1970957330,679 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971980438,766 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,039329,945 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,035370,585 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974955142,252 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (223rd)
by Genesis
19751,018318,982 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976939161,645 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977936311,758 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978946159,911 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979960301,164 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,7652,865,687

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.

GumboUnited States Dr. John
Year of Release:1972Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1972:97Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,164
Average Rating:  75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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932.

Loud 'n' ProudUnited Kingdom Nazareth
Year of Release:1973Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,169
Average Rating:  75/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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933.

CSNMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills & Nash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1977:90Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,170
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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934.

Coming From RealityUnited States Rodriguez
Year of Release:1971Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1971:97Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,173
Average Rating:  79/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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935.

Visions Of The Emerald BeyondMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1975Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1975:97Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,182
Average Rating:  70/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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936.

A Woofer In Tweeter's ClothingUnited States Sparks
Year of Release:1972Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1972:98Rank Score:236
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,207
Average Rating:  73/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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937.

Wings At The Speed Of SoundUnited Kingdom Paul McCartney & Wings
Year of Release:1976Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1976:79Rank Score:236
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,208
Average Rating:  70/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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938.

Radios AppearAustralia Radio Birdman
Year of Release:1977Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1977:91Rank Score:235
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,220
Average Rating:  75/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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939.

AmigosUnited States Santana
Year of Release:1976Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1976:80Rank Score:235
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,235
Average Rating:  69/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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940.

CrystalsUnited States Sam Rivers
Year of Release:1974Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1974:90Rank Score:235
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,236
Average Rating:  77/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 86 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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