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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 19,000 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.
1970689289,086 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971719387,613 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972786282,732 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973819327,407 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974775120,947 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (235th)
by Genesis
1975794279,361 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976747139,309 Songs in the Key of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977760271,509 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978770139,920 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (172nd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979775268,351 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,6342,506,233

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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RankAlbumArtist
931.

Chicken Skin MusicUnited States Ry Cooder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1976:75Rank Score:211
Rank in 1970s931Overall Rank:5,119
Average Rating:  75/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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932.

Free HandUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1975Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1975:95Rank Score:210
Rank in 1970s932Overall Rank:5,133
Average Rating:  76/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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933.

In The Heat Of The NightUnited States Pat Benatar
Year of Release:1979Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1979:86Rank Score:210
Rank in 1970s933Overall Rank:5,137
Average Rating:  74/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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934.

Blackboard Jungle DubJamaica The Upsetters
Year of Release:1973Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1973:102Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s934Overall Rank:5,152
Average Rating:  77/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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935.

SecretsUnited States Herbie Hancock
Year of Release:1976Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1976:76Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s935Overall Rank:5,158
Average Rating:  73/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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936.

Pure ManiaUnited Kingdom The Vibrators
Year of Release:1977Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1977:89Rank Score:209
Rank in 1970s936Overall Rank:5,160
Average Rating:  71/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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937.

Get On The Good FootUnited States James Brown
Year of Release:1972Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s937Overall Rank:5,166
Average Rating:  75/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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938.

Banco Del Mutuo SoccorsoItaly Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Year of Release:1972Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1972:96Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s938Overall Rank:5,173
Average Rating:  74/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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939.

Paradise And LunchUnited States Ry Cooder
Year of Release:1974Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1974:90Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s939Overall Rank:5,180
Average Rating:  74/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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940.

Past, Present And FutureUnited Kingdom Al Stewart
Year of Release:1973Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s940Overall Rank:5,181
Average Rating:  72/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 387 39%
United Kingdom 378 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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