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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
22.

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,144 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:28,467
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:82
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,399 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:976 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:25,742
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,098 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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27.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,007 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,092
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,345 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:582 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,063
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  84/100 (719 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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81.

2112Canada Rush
Year of Release:1976Appears in:457 charts
Rank in 1976:6Rank Score:9,209
Rank in 1970s81Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  80/100 (737 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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96.

Rust Never SleepsCanada Neil Young And Crazy Horse
Year of Release:1979Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1979:8Rank Score:7,506
Rank in 1970s96Overall Rank:366
Average Rating:  84/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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108.

Songs Of Love And HateCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1971Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1971:21Rank Score:6,129
Rank in 1970s108Overall Rank:432
Average Rating:  83/100 (459 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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111.

Tonight's The NightCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1975Appears in:398 charts
Rank in 1975:8Rank Score:6,067
Rank in 1970s111Overall Rank:444
Average Rating:  82/100 (587 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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127.

Court And SparkCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1974Appears in:331 charts
Rank in 1974:8Rank Score:5,159
Rank in 1970s127Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  82/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:4,972
Rank in 1970s128Overall Rank:529
Average Rating:  81/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 24 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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