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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
52.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:578 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,283
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  83/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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57.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:547 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,109
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:228
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (702 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:582 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,063
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  84/100 (719 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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75.

Crime Of The CenturyUnited Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1974Appears in:486 charts
Rank in 1974:4Rank Score:9,952
Rank in 1970s75Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  81/100 (576 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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97.

Rock BottomUnited Kingdom Robert Wyatt
Year of Release:1974Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 1974:5Rank Score:7,234
Rank in 1970s97Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  79/100 (422 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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117.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:373 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,646
Rank in 1970s117Overall Rank:465
Average Rating:  79/100 (716 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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120.

Sheer Heart AttackUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:378 charts
Rank in 1974:7Rank Score:5,532
Rank in 1970s120Overall Rank:480
Average Rating:  79/100 (587 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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127.

Court And SparkCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1974Appears in:331 charts
Rank in 1974:8Rank Score:5,159
Rank in 1970s127Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  82/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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148.

Queen IIUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1974:9Rank Score:4,199
Rank in 1970s148Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  78/100 (541 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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151.

Here Come The Warm JetsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1974Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1974:10Rank Score:4,108
Rank in 1970s151Overall Rank:624
Average Rating:  82/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 19 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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