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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 25,000 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.
19701,038343,566 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,060460,699 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,123345,550 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,110390,047 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,018150,083 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (220th)
by Genesis
19751,099335,412 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,017170,224 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,003328,612 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,005167,670 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,023314,262 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,4963,006,126

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
951.

IncantationsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1978Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1978:107Rank Score:240
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,331
Average Rating:  75/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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952.

Lucio DallaItaly Lucio Dalla
Year of Release:1979Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1979:84Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,355
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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953.

Runt: The Ballad of Todd RundgrenUnited States Todd Rundgren
Year of Release:1971Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1971:100Rank Score:239
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,361
Average Rating:  76/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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954.

Give It UpUnited States Bonnie Raitt
Year of Release:1972Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1972:101Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,369
Average Rating:  73/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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955.

The Concert For BangladeshUnited Kingdom George Harrison
Year of Release:1971Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1971:101Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,374
Average Rating:  78/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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956.

Visions Of The Emerald BeyondMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1975Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1975:97Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,379
Average Rating:  71/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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957.

For YouUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1978Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1978:108Rank Score:238
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,380
Average Rating:  66/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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958.

Radios AppearAustralia Radio Birdman
Year of Release:1977Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1977:92Rank Score:237
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,385
Average Rating:  75/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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959.

Back In The USAUnited States MC5
Year of Release:1970Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1970:102Rank Score:237
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,396
Average Rating:  75/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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960.

LiveUnited States Donny Hathaway
Year of Release:1972Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1972:102Rank Score:236
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,410
Average Rating:  75/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 109 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 15 2%
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