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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 37,000 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.
19701,429426,266 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,446565,379 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,482433,529 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,472484,520 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,368199,095 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,478412,087 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,429216,331 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,454419,911 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,451213,280 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (177th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,462389,716 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,4713,760,114

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan.
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RankAlbumArtist
29.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:835 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,933
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:117
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,079 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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62.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:574 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:10,910
Rank in 1970s62Overall Rank:256
Average Rating:  84/100 (805 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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114.

The Yes AlbumUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:329 charts
Rank in 1971:21Rank Score:5,956
Rank in 1970s114Overall Rank:455
Average Rating:  82/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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204.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,959
Rank in 1970s204Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  77/100 (326 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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226.

Tales From Topographic OceansUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1973Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1973:26Rank Score:2,560
Rank in 1970s226Overall Rank:971
Average Rating:  75/100 (294 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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257.

Going For The OneUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1977Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1977:25Rank Score:2,122
Rank in 1970s257Overall Rank:1,163
Average Rating:  75/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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539.

YessongsUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1973Appears in:63 charts
Rank in 1973:61Rank Score:704
Rank in 1970s539Overall Rank:2,831
Average Rating:  77/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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781.

TormatoUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1978Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1978:82Rank Score:410
Rank in 1970s781Overall Rank:4,299
Average Rating:  68/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Time And A WordUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1970Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1970:96Rank Score:336
Rank in 1970s894Overall Rank:5,082
Average Rating:  73/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 371 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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