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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 22,000 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.
1970897313,296 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971885415,904 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972947309,321 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
1973962352,007 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974899133,508 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (221st)
by Genesis
1975941301,639 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976881152,832 Songs In The Key Of Life (142nd)
by Stevie Wonder
1977880294,272 Rumours (35th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978894152,216 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979890290,173 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,0762,715,170

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
951.

Anima LatinaItaly Lucio Battisti
Year of Release:1974Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1974:87Rank Score:219
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,302
Average Rating:  78/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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952.

The Fine Art Of SurfacingIreland The Boomtown Rats
Year of Release:1979Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1979:89Rank Score:219
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,305
Average Rating:  77/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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953.

WaterlooSweden ABBA
Year of Release:1974Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1974:88Rank Score:219
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,306
Average Rating:  70/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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954.

ShaftUnited States Isaac Hayes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1971:97Rank Score:219
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,311
Average Rating:  75/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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955.

LiveUnited States Donny Hathaway
Year of Release:1972Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1972:99Rank Score:218
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,329
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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956.

Conference Of The BirdsUnited Kingdom Dave Holland
Year of Release:1973Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1973:105Rank Score:218
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,332
Average Rating:  72/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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957.

Still BillUnited States Bill Withers
Year of Release:1972Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1972:100Rank Score:218
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,336
Average Rating:  79/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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958.

Heaven And HellGreece Vangelis
Year of Release:1975Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1975:101Rank Score:218
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,337
Average Rating:  79/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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959.

Acquiring The TasteUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1971Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1971:98Rank Score:218
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,342
Average Rating:  79/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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960.

Movimento PerpétuoPortugal Carlos Paredes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:218
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,348
Average Rating:  76/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 103 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


Frank Zappa 10 1%
David Bowie 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Queen 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 380 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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