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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.
1970951330,133 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971970437,906 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,036329,020 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,030369,835 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974951141,714 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,013318,902 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976936160,068 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977930312,754 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978943159,698 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979954301,235 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,7142,861,265

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.

A Question Of BalanceUnited Kingdom The Moody Blues
Year of Release:1970Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1970:102Rank Score:230
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,317
Average Rating:  76/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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952.

Snowflakes Are DancingJapan Isao Tomita
Year of Release:1974Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1974:92Rank Score:229
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,325
Average Rating:  70/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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953.

MarathonUnited States Santana
Year of Release:1979Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1979:82Rank Score:229
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,331
Average Rating:  63/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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954.

Welcome To The CanteenUnited Kingdom Traffic
Year of Release:1971Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1971:97Rank Score:229
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,335
Average Rating:  73/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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955.

The House On The HillUnited Kingdom Audience
Year of Release:1971Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1971:98Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,352
Average Rating:  70/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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956.

Simple DreamsUnited States Linda Ronstadt
Year of Release:1977Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1977:94Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,353
Average Rating:  74/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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957.

2ndGermany Agitation Free
Year of Release:1973Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1973:106Rank Score:228
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,354
Average Rating:  80/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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958.

Delta Momma BluesUnited States Townes Van Zandt
Year of Release:1971Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:227
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,363
Average Rating:  73/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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959.

Sorrow Tears And BloodNigeria Fela And Afrika 70
Year of Release:1977Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1977:95Rank Score:227
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,364
Average Rating:  78/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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960.

I AmUnited States Earth, Wind And Fire
Year of Release:1979Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1979:83Rank Score:226
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,379
Average Rating:  74/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 86 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 390 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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