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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 35,000 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.
19701,347406,197 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,370560,126 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407421,458 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,393472,956 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,289192,344 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,395402,203 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,334211,192 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,345410,092 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,332206,895 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,339380,248 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5513,663,711

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
30.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:794 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,277
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:117
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,036 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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63.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:546 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:10,722
Rank in 1970s63Overall Rank:255
Average Rating:  84/100 (767 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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113.

The Yes AlbumUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1971:22Rank Score:5,848
Rank in 1970s113Overall Rank:448
Average Rating:  82/100 (482 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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201.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,903
Rank in 1970s201Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  77/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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219.

Tales From Topographic OceansUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1973Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1973:26Rank Score:2,578
Rank in 1970s219Overall Rank:935
Average Rating:  74/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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253.

Going For The OneUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1977Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1977:25Rank Score:2,116
Rank in 1970s253Overall Rank:1,135
Average Rating:  75/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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535.

YessongsUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1973Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1973:59Rank Score:685
Rank in 1970s535Overall Rank:2,793
Average Rating:  77/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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793.

TormatoUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1978Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1978:85Rank Score:391
Rank in 1970s793Overall Rank:4,339
Average Rating:  67/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Time And A WordUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1970Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1970:104Rank Score:286
Rank in 1970s976Overall Rank:5,592
Average Rating:  73/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 382 38%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 16 2%
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