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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
11.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,424 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:49,794
Rank in 1970s11Overall Rank:35
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,714 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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13.

Marquee MoonUnited States Television
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,332 charts
Rank in 1977:3Rank Score:41,476
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,455 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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15.

Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,223 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:40,961
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,578 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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16.

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,178 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:34,833
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:61
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,464 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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28.

Bridge Over Troubled WaterUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1970Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1970:3Rank Score:21,849
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:114
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,185 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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30.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:952 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,617
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,187 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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33.

InnervisionsUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1973Appears in:840 charts
Rank in 1973:4Rank Score:19,869
Rank in 1970s33Overall Rank:129
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (970 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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34.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:824 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,212
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:136
Average Rating:  84/100 (913 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:790 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,523
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,015 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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43.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:755 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:15,258
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,079 votes)
Comments: 50 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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