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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 23,000 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.
1970931324,231 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971937431,495 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972978321,706 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,007364,501 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974928138,157 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (225th)
by Genesis
1975985314,223 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976912158,787 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977908307,099 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978922156,199 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979924298,704 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,4322,815,102

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.

Modern MusicUnited Kingdom Be-Bop Deluxe
Year of Release:1976Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1976:80Rank Score:227
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,302
Average Rating:  72/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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952.

Judee SillUnited States Judee Sill
Year of Release:1971Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1971:98Rank Score:227
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,303
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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953.

Dias Y FloresCuba Silvio Rodriguez
Year of Release:1975Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1975:98Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,328
Average Rating:  73/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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954.

Endless Summer
Compilation
United States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1974Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1974:90Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,330
Average Rating:  78/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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955.

Acquiring The TasteUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1971Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,331
Average Rating:  79/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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956.

WaterlooSweden ABBA
Year of Release:1974Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1974:91Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,333
Average Rating:  70/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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957.

Simple DreamsUnited States Linda Ronstadt
Year of Release:1977Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1977:93Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,334
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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958.

CrystalsUnited States Sam Rivers
Year of Release:1974Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1974:92Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,343
Average Rating:  77/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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959.

I AmUnited States Earth, Wind And Fire
Year of Release:1979Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1979:86Rank Score:225
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,346
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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960.

Sorrow Tears And BloodNigeria Fela And Afrika 70
Year of Release:1977Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1977:94Rank Score:224
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,359
Average Rating:  78/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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