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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.
19701,411414,449 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,416572,936 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,467431,957 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,458482,032 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,351197,985 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,458410,008 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,410215,545 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,427417,717 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,422212,045 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,432387,806 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,2523,742,479

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
52.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:696 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,330
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  80/100 (857 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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186.

Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt CowboyUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1975Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1975:12Rank Score:3,161
Rank in 1970s186Overall Rank:792
Average Rating:  78/100 (310 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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214.

Tumbleweed ConnectionUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1970Appears in:183 charts
Rank in 1970:31Rank Score:2,750
Rank in 1970s214Overall Rank:899
Average Rating:  79/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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228.

Madman Across The WaterUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1971Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1971:30Rank Score:2,507
Rank in 1970s228Overall Rank:984
Average Rating:  78/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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391.

Honky ChâteauUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1972Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1972:38Rank Score:1,159
Rank in 1970s391Overall Rank:1,904
Average Rating:  79/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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492.

Elton JohnUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1970Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1970:56Rank Score:810
Rank in 1970s492Overall Rank:2,529
Average Rating:  75/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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561.

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano PlayerUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1973:65Rank Score:654
Rank in 1970s561Overall Rank:2,952
Average Rating:  75/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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597.

Greatest Hits
Compilation
United Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1974Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1974:56Rank Score:597
Rank in 1970s597Overall Rank:3,175
Average Rating:  82/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 377 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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