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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
2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,494 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:105,560
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,223 votes)
Comments: 247 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,723 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,108
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,073 votes)
Comments: 163 comments
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14.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,397 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:41,256
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,869 votes)
Comments: 117 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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19.

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,194 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:33,548
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,472 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:976 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:25,742
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,098 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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39.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:829 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:17,045
Rank in 1970s39Overall Rank:156
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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41.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:683 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:16,278
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  84/100 (789 votes)
Comments: 63 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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62.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:563 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:11,066
Rank in 1970s62Overall Rank:252
Average Rating:  84/100 (786 votes)
Comments: 46 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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