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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
2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,516 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:105,983
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,267 votes)
Comments: 251 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,738 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,328
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,093 votes)
Comments: 164 comments
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14.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,418 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:41,383
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,896 votes)
Comments: 120 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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19.

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,217 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:33,815
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,487 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,003 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:26,315
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:93
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,117 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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39.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:849 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:17,165
Rank in 1970s39Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,489 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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41.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:698 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:16,338
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:166
Average Rating:  84/100 (806 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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44.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:764 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:15,394
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,088 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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62.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:11,107
Rank in 1970s62Overall Rank:253
Average Rating:  84/100 (802 votes)
Comments: 46 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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