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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
51.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:560 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,288
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  81/100 (731 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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68.

Déjà VuMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:528 charts
Rank in 1970:15Rank Score:10,196
Rank in 1970s68Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  83/100 (647 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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99.

RamMixed Nationality Paul & Linda McCartney
Year of Release:1971Appears in:337 charts
Rank in 1971:19Rank Score:6,957
Rank in 1970s99Overall Rank:383
Average Rating:  81/100 (480 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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203.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1975:14Rank Score:2,892
Rank in 1970s203Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  80/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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231.

The Harder They Come
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1972Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1972:26Rank Score:2,381
Rank in 1970s231Overall Rank:1,013
Average Rating:  80/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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254.

The Inner Mounting FlameMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1971Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1971:33Rank Score:2,113
Rank in 1970s254Overall Rank:1,137
Average Rating:  80/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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261.

Saturday Night FeverMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1977Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1977:26Rank Score:1,993
Rank in 1970s261Overall Rank:1,182
Average Rating:  75/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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367.

Birds Of FireMixed Nationality Mahavishnu Orchestra
Year of Release:1973Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1973:43Rank Score:1,255
Rank in 1970s367Overall Rank:1,735
Average Rating:  80/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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449.

Escalator Over The HillMixed Nationality Carla Bley / Paul Haines
Year of Release:1971Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1971:51Rank Score:952
Rank in 1970s449Overall Rank:2,188
Average Rating:  73/100 (51 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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480.

YouMixed Nationality Gong
Year of Release:1974Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1974:43Rank Score:837
Rank in 1970s480Overall Rank:2,410
Average Rating:  78/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 2 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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