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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 24,000 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.
1970997334,935 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,024445,975 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,080335,156 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,076377,347 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974976145,243 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (221st)
by Genesis
19751,056325,873 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976979164,297 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977963317,017 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978976162,474 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979991305,229 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,1182,913,546

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.

AmigosUnited States Santana
Year of Release:1976Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1976:80Rank Score:234
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,343
Average Rating:  69/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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952.

Hero And HeroineUnited Kingdom Strawbs
Year of Release:1974Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:234
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,347
Average Rating:  79/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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953.

Crossing The Red Sea With The AdvertsUnited Kingdom The Adverts
Year of Release:1978Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1978:106Rank Score:233
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,373
Average Rating:  76/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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954.

Nilsson Sings NewmanUnited States Harry Nilsson
Year of Release:1970Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1970:102Rank Score:232
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,374
Average Rating:  73/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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955.

Inner SecretsUnited States Santana
Year of Release:1978Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1978:107Rank Score:232
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,382
Average Rating:  69/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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956.

SiembraPanama Willie Colon And Ruben Blades
Year of Release:1978Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1978:108Rank Score:232
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,392
Average Rating:  78/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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957.

Dancing In The Dragon's JawsCanada Bruce Cockburn
Year of Release:1979Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1979:83Rank Score:231
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,402
Average Rating:  73/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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958.

Dancer With Bruised KneesCanada Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Year of Release:1977Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1977:93Rank Score:231
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,413
Average Rating:  76/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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959.

The Pavilion Of DreamsUnited States Harold Budd
Year of Release:1978Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1978:109Rank Score:231
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,415
Average Rating:  77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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960.

ZarathustraItaly Museo Rosenbach
Year of Release:1973Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1973:107Rank Score:230
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,425
Average Rating:  75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 85 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 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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