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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 20,000 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.
1970725295,016 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971744394,019 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972816287,719 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973844333,553 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974797124,520 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975825284,039 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976780142,745 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977803277,256 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978802142,811 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979801274,248 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,9372,555,925

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 Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
951.

Paradise And LunchUnited States Ry Cooder
Year of Release:1974Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1974:90Rank Score:208
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,262
Average Rating:  75/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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952.

ZarathustraItaly Museo Rosenbach
Year of Release:1973Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1973:105Rank Score:207
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,271
Average Rating:  75/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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953.

Zappa in New YorkUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1978Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1978:103Rank Score:207
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,272
Average Rating:  74/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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954.

The Grand WazooUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1972Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1972:101Rank Score:206
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,285
Average Rating:  78/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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955.

Chicago VIIUnited States Chicago
Year of Release:1974Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1974:91Rank Score:206
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,286
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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956.

TimeCroatia (Hrvatska) Time
Year of Release:1972Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1972:102Rank Score:206
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,298
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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957.

Una Donna Per AmicoItaly Lucio Battisti
Year of Release:1978Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:206
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,302
Average Rating:  72/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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958.

Einstein On The BeachUnited States Philip Glass
Year of Release:1976Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1976:79Rank Score:205
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,312
Average Rating:  72/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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959.

No More HeroesUnited Kingdom The Stranglers
Year of Release:1977Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1977:89Rank Score:205
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,317
Average Rating:  77/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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960.

PersepolisRomania Iannis Xenakis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1972:103Rank Score:205
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,322
Average Rating:  78/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 374 37%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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