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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
22.

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,168 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:28,800
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,419 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,003 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:26,315
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:93
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,117 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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27.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,025 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,198
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,360 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:595 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,238
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:230
Average Rating:  84/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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82.

2112Canada Rush
Year of Release:1976Appears in:466 charts
Rank in 1976:6Rank Score:9,254
Rank in 1970s82Overall Rank:309
Average Rating:  80/100 (744 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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95.

Rust Never SleepsCanada Neil Young And Crazy Horse
Year of Release:1979Appears in:486 charts
Rank in 1979:8Rank Score:7,599
Rank in 1970s95Overall Rank:363
Average Rating:  84/100 (676 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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106.

Tonight's The NightCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1975Appears in:407 charts
Rank in 1975:8Rank Score:6,191
Rank in 1970s106Overall Rank:433
Average Rating:  82/100 (590 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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111.

Songs Of Love And HateCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1971Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 1971:20Rank Score:6,099
Rank in 1970s111Overall Rank:445
Average Rating:  83/100 (467 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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126.

Court And SparkCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1974Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1974:8Rank Score:5,229
Rank in 1970s126Overall Rank:508
Average Rating:  82/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:5,050
Rank in 1970s129Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  81/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 24 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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