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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
11.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,442 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:49,904
Rank in 1970s11Overall Rank:35
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,735 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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13.

Marquee MoonUnited States Television
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,345 charts
Rank in 1977:3Rank Score:41,812
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,483 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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15.

Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,237 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:41,109
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:52
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,596 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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16.

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,187 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:35,080
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,477 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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29.

Bridge Over Troubled WaterUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1970Appears in:977 charts
Rank in 1970:3Rank Score:21,975
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:115
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,204 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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30.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:957 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,782
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:118
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,206 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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33.

InnervisionsUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1973Appears in:848 charts
Rank in 1973:4Rank Score:19,998
Rank in 1970s33Overall Rank:130
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (983 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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35.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:841 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,588
Rank in 1970s35Overall Rank:134
Average Rating:  84/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:798 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,654
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,030 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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43.

HorsesUnited States Patti Smith
Year of Release:1975Appears in:761 charts
Rank in 1975:6Rank Score:15,397
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:177
Average Rating:  82/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 50 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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