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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
20.

ParanoidUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,218 charts
Rank in 1970:1Rank Score:31,617
Rank in 1970s20Overall Rank:74
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,592 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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22.

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,168 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:28,800
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,419 votes)
Comments: 95 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:21,964
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:116
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,204 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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32.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1970Appears in:850 charts
Rank in 1970:4Rank Score:20,617
Rank in 1970s32Overall Rank:123
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,114 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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36.

Led Zeppelin IIIUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1970Appears in:878 charts
Rank in 1970:5Rank Score:18,950
Rank in 1970s36Overall Rank:141
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,597 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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37.

All Things Must PassUnited Kingdom George Harrison
Year of Release:1970Appears in:832 charts
Rank in 1970:6Rank Score:17,980
Rank in 1970s37Overall Rank:151
Average Rating:  84/100 (957 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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38.

MoondanceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1970Appears in:759 charts
Rank in 1970:7Rank Score:17,233
Rank in 1970s38Overall Rank:154
Average Rating:  83/100 (913 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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47.

Bitches BrewUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1970Appears in:691 charts
Rank in 1970:8Rank Score:14,730
Rank in 1970s47Overall Rank:185
Average Rating:  84/100 (887 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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49.

Fun HouseUnited States The Stooges
Year of Release:1970Appears in:676 charts
Rank in 1970:9Rank Score:14,469
Rank in 1970s49Overall Rank:190
Average Rating:  84/100 (839 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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51.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:583 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,533
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  81/100 (760 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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