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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
5.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,314 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:93,016
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,657 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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13.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,374 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:40,670
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,831 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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18.

LowUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,122 charts
Rank in 1977:4Rank Score:33,559
Rank in 1970s18Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,533 votes)
Comments: 129 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:721 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,023
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:161
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,065 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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69.

"Heroes"United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:620 charts
Rank in 1977:9Rank Score:10,164
Rank in 1970s69Overall Rank:268
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,085 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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86.

Aladdin SaneUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1973Appears in:550 charts
Rank in 1973:9Rank Score:8,671
Rank in 1970s86Overall Rank:320
Average Rating:  83/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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114.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:364 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,691
Rank in 1970s114Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  79/100 (691 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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185.

The Man Who Sold The WorldUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1970Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1970:24Rank Score:3,072
Rank in 1970s185Overall Rank:794
Average Rating:  78/100 (634 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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235.

Young AmericansUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1975Appears in:269 charts
Rank in 1975:17Rank Score:2,341
Rank in 1970s235Overall Rank:1,028
Average Rating:  77/100 (500 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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278.

LodgerUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1979Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1979:23Rank Score:1,826
Rank in 1970s278Overall Rank:1,262
Average Rating:  77/100 (423 votes)
Comments: 21 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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