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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
51.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:583 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,533
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  81/100 (760 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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74.

Déjà VuMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:551 charts
Rank in 1970:16Rank Score:10,062
Rank in 1970s74Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  83/100 (672 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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99.

RamMixed Nationality Paul & Linda McCartney
Year of Release:1971Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 1971:18Rank Score:7,236
Rank in 1970s99Overall Rank:380
Average Rating:  81/100 (504 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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AbraxasMixed Nationality Santana
Year of Release:1970Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1970:20Rank Score:5,545
Rank in 1970s119Overall Rank:478
Average Rating:  81/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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202.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1975:14Rank Score:2,982
Rank in 1970s202Overall Rank:848
Average Rating:  80/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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231.

The Harder They Come
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1972Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1972:25Rank Score:2,444
Rank in 1970s231Overall Rank:1,009
Average Rating:  80/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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255.

The Inner Mounting FlameMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1971Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1971:32Rank Score:2,126
Rank in 1970s255Overall Rank:1,156
Average Rating:  80/100 (218 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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275.

Saturday Night FeverMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1977Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1977:27Rank Score:1,868
Rank in 1970s275Overall Rank:1,263
Average Rating:  75/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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318.

CaravanseraiMixed Nationality Santana
Year of Release:1972Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1972:31Rank Score:1,578
Rank in 1970s318Overall Rank:1,481
Average Rating:  80/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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375.

Birds Of FireMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1973Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1973:44Rank Score:1,247
Rank in 1970s375Overall Rank:1,792
Average Rating:  80/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 4 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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