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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
50.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:561 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,296
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:202
Average Rating:  83/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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58.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:532 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:11,798
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:231
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (682 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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59.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:556 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:11,709
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:233
Average Rating:  84/100 (699 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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78.

Crime Of The CenturyUnited Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1974Appears in:474 charts
Rank in 1974:4Rank Score:9,454
Rank in 1970s78Overall Rank:295
Average Rating:  81/100 (557 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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97.

Rock BottomUnited Kingdom Robert Wyatt
Year of Release:1974Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1974:5Rank Score:7,098
Rank in 1970s97Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  79/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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114.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:364 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,691
Rank in 1970s114Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  79/100 (691 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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119.

Sheer Heart AttackUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:364 charts
Rank in 1974:7Rank Score:5,409
Rank in 1970s119Overall Rank:475
Average Rating:  79/100 (575 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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126.

Court And SparkCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1974Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 1974:8Rank Score:5,053
Rank in 1970s126Overall Rank:512
Average Rating:  82/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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142.

Queen IIUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1974:9Rank Score:4,252
Rank in 1970s142Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  78/100 (527 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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152.

Here Come The Warm JetsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1974Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1974:10Rank Score:3,990
Rank in 1970s152Overall Rank:630
Average Rating:  81/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 19 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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