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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 24,000 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.
1970985333,093 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,012443,496 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,065332,995 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,057374,681 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974968144,003 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (220th)
by Genesis
19751,047324,065 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976963163,379 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977955315,034 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978963161,566 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (168th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979978303,827 London Calling (13th)
by The Clash
Total9,9932,896,141

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.

Ready For The HouseUnited States Jandek
Year of Release:1978Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:242
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,160
Average Rating:  77/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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932.

Runt: The Ballad of Todd RundgrenUnited States Todd Rundgren
Year of Release:1971Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:241
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,182
Average Rating:  74/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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933.

IncantationsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1978Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1978:105Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,184
Average Rating:  76/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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934.

Quark, Strangeness And CharmUnited Kingdom Hawkwind
Year of Release:1977Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1977:90Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,192
Average Rating:  77/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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935.

Lucio DallaItaly Lucio Dalla
Year of Release:1979Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1979:81Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,209
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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936.

GumboUnited States Dr. John
Year of Release:1972Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1972:97Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,212
Average Rating:  75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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937.

CSNMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills & Nash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1977:91Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,216
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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938.

Wings At The Speed Of SoundUnited Kingdom Paul McCartney & Wings
Year of Release:1976Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1976:79Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,219
Average Rating:  70/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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939.

Hero And HeroineUnited Kingdom Strawbs
Year of Release:1974Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,220
Average Rating:  79/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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940.

Loud 'n' ProudUnited Kingdom Nazareth
Year of Release:1973Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1973:104Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,221
Average Rating:  75/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 84 8%
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 387 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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