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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
22.

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,122 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:28,335
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:82
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,368 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:952 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:25,294
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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27.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:991 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,094
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,314 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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59.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:556 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:11,709
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:233
Average Rating:  84/100 (699 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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79.

2112Canada Rush
Year of Release:1976Appears in:457 charts
Rank in 1976:6Rank Score:9,322
Rank in 1970s79Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  80/100 (723 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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96.

Rust Never SleepsCanada Neil Young And Crazy Horse
Year of Release:1979Appears in:462 charts
Rank in 1979:8Rank Score:7,188
Rank in 1970s96Overall Rank:370
Average Rating:  84/100 (650 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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110.

Songs Of Love And HateCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1971Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 1971:21Rank Score:5,995
Rank in 1970s110Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  83/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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112.

Tonight's The NightCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1975Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 1975:8Rank Score:5,885
Rank in 1970s112Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  82/100 (568 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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126.

Court And SparkCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1974Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 1974:8Rank Score:5,053
Rank in 1970s126Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  82/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:4,939
Rank in 1970s128Overall Rank:519
Average Rating:  81/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 22 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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