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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 19,000 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.
1970689289,086 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971719387,613 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972786282,732 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973819327,407 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974775120,947 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (235th)
by Genesis
1975794279,361 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976747139,309 Songs in the Key of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977760271,509 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978770139,920 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (172nd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979775268,351 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,6342,506,233

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.

Face To Face: A Live RecordingUnited Kingdom Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
Year of Release:1977Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1977:91Rank Score:204
Rank in 1970s951Overall Rank:5,278
Average Rating:  65/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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952.

Living In The 70sAustralia Skyhooks
Year of Release:1974Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1974:93Rank Score:204
Rank in 1970s952Overall Rank:5,285
Average Rating:  74/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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953.

ZarathustraItaly Museo Rosenbach
Year of Release:1973Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1973:104Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s953Overall Rank:5,291
Average Rating:  72/100 (11 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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954.

Una Donna Per AmicoItaly Lucio Battisti
Year of Release:1978Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1978:104Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s954Overall Rank:5,294
Average Rating:  70/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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955.

Io Sono Nato LiberoItaly Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Year of Release:1973Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1973:105Rank Score:203
Rank in 1970s955Overall Rank:5,304
Average Rating:  76/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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956.

Guruh GipsyIndonesia Guruh Sukarnoputra And Gipsy Band
Year of Release:1976Appears in:3 charts
Rank in 1976:78Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s956Overall Rank:5,308
Average Rating:  65/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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957.

Cold Spring HarborUnited States Billy Joel
Year of Release:1971Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1971:101Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s957Overall Rank:5,312
Average Rating:  70/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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958.

Gentle GiantUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1970Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1970:104Rank Score:202
Rank in 1970s958Overall Rank:5,324
Average Rating:  75/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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959.

Mad Dogs And EnglishmenUnited Kingdom Joe Cocker
Year of Release:1970Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1970:105Rank Score:201
Rank in 1970s959Overall Rank:5,329
Average Rating:  73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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960.

Elis (1974)Brazil Elis Regina
Year of Release:1974Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1974:94Rank Score:201
Rank in 1970s960Overall Rank:5,340
Average Rating:  70/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 387 39%
United Kingdom 378 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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