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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
50.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:596 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,621
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  83/100 (701 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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57.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:567 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,448
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:225
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (720 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:595 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,238
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:230
Average Rating:  84/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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73.

Crime Of The CenturyUnited Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1974Appears in:502 charts
Rank in 1974:4Rank Score:10,090
Rank in 1970s73Overall Rank:278
Average Rating:  81/100 (586 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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98.

Rock BottomUnited Kingdom Robert Wyatt
Year of Release:1974Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1974:5Rank Score:7,252
Rank in 1970s98Overall Rank:378
Average Rating:  79/100 (429 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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118.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,718
Rank in 1970s118Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  78/100 (726 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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122.

Sheer Heart AttackUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:383 charts
Rank in 1974:7Rank Score:5,475
Rank in 1970s122Overall Rank:485
Average Rating:  79/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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126.

Court And SparkCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1974Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1974:8Rank Score:5,229
Rank in 1970s126Overall Rank:508
Average Rating:  82/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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147.

Here Come The Warm JetsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1974Appears in:329 charts
Rank in 1974:9Rank Score:4,233
Rank in 1970s147Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  82/100 (430 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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148.

Queen IIUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:267 charts
Rank in 1974:10Rank Score:4,212
Rank in 1970s148Overall Rank:615
Average Rating:  78/100 (547 votes)
Comments: 29 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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