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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
50.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:571 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,466
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  81/100 (750 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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71.

Déjà VuMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:543 charts
Rank in 1970:15Rank Score:10,133
Rank in 1970s71Overall Rank:272
Average Rating:  83/100 (663 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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98.

RamMixed Nationality Paul & Linda McCartney
Year of Release:1971Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1971:18Rank Score:7,211
Rank in 1970s98Overall Rank:375
Average Rating:  81/100 (493 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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201.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1975:14Rank Score:2,975
Rank in 1970s201Overall Rank:844
Average Rating:  80/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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232.

The Harder They Come
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1972Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1972:25Rank Score:2,408
Rank in 1970s232Overall Rank:1,017
Average Rating:  80/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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253.

The Inner Mounting FlameMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1971Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1971:33Rank Score:2,123
Rank in 1970s253Overall Rank:1,152
Average Rating:  80/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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274.

Saturday Night FeverMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1977Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1977:27Rank Score:1,881
Rank in 1970s274Overall Rank:1,250
Average Rating:  75/100 (287 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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374.

Birds Of FireMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1973Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1973:43Rank Score:1,243
Rank in 1970s374Overall Rank:1,781
Average Rating:  80/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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452.

Escalator Over The HillMixed Nationality Carla Bley / Paul Haines
Year of Release:1971Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1971:51Rank Score:961
Rank in 1970s452Overall Rank:2,215
Average Rating:  73/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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481.

YouMixed Nationality Gong
Year of Release:1974Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1974:44Rank Score:842
Rank in 1970s481Overall Rank:2,430
Average Rating:  78/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 2 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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