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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
2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,452 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:104,111
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,170 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,699 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:57,863
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,040 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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13.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,374 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:40,670
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,831 votes)
Comments: 115 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:34,761
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:61
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,438 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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19.

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,170 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:32,885
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,442 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:952 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:25,294
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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39.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:810 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:16,662
Rank in 1970s39Overall Rank:156
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,433 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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41.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:15,877
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:165
Average Rating:  84/100 (764 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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45.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:732 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:14,702
Rank in 1970s45Overall Rank:182
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,048 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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63.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:546 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:10,722
Rank in 1970s63Overall Rank:255
Average Rating:  84/100 (767 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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