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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.
19701,344405,929 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,370559,902 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407420,841 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,393472,866 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,288192,400 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,394402,016 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,333211,076 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,345409,921 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,331206,761 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,339380,082 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5443,661,793

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
5.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,314 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:92,994
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,657 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,496 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:54,418
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,861 votes)
Comments: 160 comments
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17.

Pink MoonUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,160 charts
Rank in 1972:3Rank Score:33,936
Rank in 1970s17Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,373 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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27.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:991 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,079
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,313 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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28.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:940 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,639
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:113
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,164 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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30.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:794 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,278
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:117
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,035 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:544 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:11,516
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:235
Average Rating:  82/100 (739 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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68.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:10,196
Rank in 1970s68Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  83/100 (607 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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82.

FoxtrotUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:410 charts
Rank in 1972:9Rank Score:9,086
Rank in 1970s82Overall Rank:308
Average Rating:  82/100 (570 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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94.

Ege BamyasiGermany Can
Year of Release:1972Appears in:413 charts
Rank in 1972:10Rank Score:7,492
Rank in 1970s94Overall Rank:359
Average Rating:  84/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 18 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%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Kiss 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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