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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.
19701,423424,937 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,429563,916 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,478433,213 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,466483,177 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,362198,755 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,470410,942 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,423215,690 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,438419,246 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,440212,519 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (181st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,448387,673 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,3773,750,068

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:2,378 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,538
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,752 votes)
Comments: 240 comments
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14.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,418 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:41,383
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,896 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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18.

LowUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,176 charts
Rank in 1977:4Rank Score:34,903
Rank in 1970s18Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,597 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,773
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:159
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,115 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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67.

"Heroes"United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:641 charts
Rank in 1977:9Rank Score:10,419
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:268
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,131 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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87.

Aladdin SaneUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1973Appears in:573 charts
Rank in 1973:9Rank Score:8,846
Rank in 1970s87Overall Rank:325
Average Rating:  83/100 (977 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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118.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,718
Rank in 1970s118Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  78/100 (726 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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196.

The Man Who Sold The WorldUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1970Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1970:28Rank Score:3,082
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  78/100 (658 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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230.

Young AmericansUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1975Appears in:280 charts
Rank in 1975:17Rank Score:2,452
Rank in 1970s230Overall Rank:1,005
Average Rating:  77/100 (520 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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270.

LodgerUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1979Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1979:23Rank Score:1,921
Rank in 1970s270Overall Rank:1,239
Average Rating:  77/100 (441 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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