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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.
19701,398411,742 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,407569,700 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,443429,346 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,442478,820 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,333196,355 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (206th)
by Genesis
19751,440407,867 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,382213,973 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,408415,923 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,399210,720 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,404385,385 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,0563,719,832

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
4.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,358 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:94,769
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,709 votes)
Comments: 237 comments
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14.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,397 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:41,256
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,869 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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18.

LowUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,149 charts
Rank in 1977:4Rank Score:34,285
Rank in 1970s18Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,576 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:743 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,581
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:158
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,098 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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67.

"Heroes"United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:632 charts
Rank in 1977:9Rank Score:10,339
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:266
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,118 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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87.

Aladdin SaneUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1973Appears in:559 charts
Rank in 1973:9Rank Score:8,696
Rank in 1970s87Overall Rank:327
Average Rating:  83/100 (961 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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117.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:373 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,646
Rank in 1970s117Overall Rank:465
Average Rating:  79/100 (716 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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189.

The Man Who Sold The WorldUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1970Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1970:26Rank Score:3,114
Rank in 1970s189Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  78/100 (649 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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231.

Young AmericansUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1975Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 1975:17Rank Score:2,427
Rank in 1970s231Overall Rank:1,012
Average Rating:  77/100 (511 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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270.

LodgerUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1979Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1979:23Rank Score:1,929
Rank in 1970s270Overall Rank:1,235
Average Rating:  77/100 (432 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 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 377 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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