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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 18,000 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.
1970622276,679 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971666370,126 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972713268,163 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973738313,035 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974692114,542 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975698266,712 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976677134,105 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977681257,963 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978683132,540 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979701255,804 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,8712,389,669

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
951.

Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
Compilation
United States Janis Joplin
Year of Release:1973Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1973:107Rank Score:190
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,514
Average Rating:  77/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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952.

Sing For Very Important PeopleUnited States The Free Design
Year of Release:1970Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1970:107Rank Score:190
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,515
Average Rating:  78/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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953.

Quark, Strangeness And CharmUnited Kingdom Hawkwind
Year of Release:1977Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1977:88Rank Score:189
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,520
Average Rating:  76/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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954.

The Concert For BangladeshUnited Kingdom George Harrison
Year of Release:1971Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:189
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,527
Average Rating:  79/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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955.

Blackheart ManJamaica Bunny Wailer
Year of Release:1976Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1976:77Rank Score:188
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,536
Average Rating:  73/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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956.

The Only OnesUnited Kingdom The Only Ones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1978:109Rank Score:188
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,560
Average Rating:  74/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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957.

VitalUnited Kingdom Van Der Graaf Generator
Year of Release:1978Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1978:110Rank Score:188
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,561
Average Rating:  70/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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958.

Crossing The Red Sea With The AdvertsUnited Kingdom The Adverts
Year of Release:1978Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1978:111Rank Score:187
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,571
Average Rating:  72/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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959.

Let My Children Hear MusicUnited States Charles Mingus
Year of Release:1972Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1972:98Rank Score:187
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,572
Average Rating:  76/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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960.

Viva TerlinguaUnited States Jerry Jeff Walker
Year of Release:1973Appears in:7 charts
Rank in 1973:108Rank Score:187
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,574
Average Rating:  75/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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