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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
11.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,396 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:49,260
Rank in 1970s11Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,677 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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14.

Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,196 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:40,579
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:50
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,552 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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15.

Marquee MoonUnited States Television
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,299 charts
Rank in 1977:3Rank Score:40,520
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,425 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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16.

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,154 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:34,762
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:61
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,438 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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28.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:940 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,632
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:113
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,166 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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29.

Bridge Over Troubled WaterUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1970Appears in:937 charts
Rank in 1970:3Rank Score:21,591
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:115
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,153 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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33.

InnervisionsUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1973Appears in:819 charts
Rank in 1973:4Rank Score:19,895
Rank in 1970s33Overall Rank:128
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (953 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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34.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:805 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,235
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:134
Average Rating:  84/100 (896 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:783 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,587
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  80/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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43.

HorsesUnited States Patti Smith
Year of Release:1975Appears in:729 charts
Rank in 1975:6Rank Score:15,201
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:176
Average Rating:  81/100 (891 votes)
Comments: 45 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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