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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
34.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:805 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,235
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:134
Average Rating:  84/100 (896 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:721 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,023
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:161
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,065 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:783 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,587
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  80/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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54.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:615 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:12,899
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:210
Average Rating:  76/100 (945 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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65.

BostonUnited States Boston
Year of Release:1976Appears in:507 charts
Rank in 1976:5Rank Score:10,473
Rank in 1970s65Overall Rank:260
Average Rating:  77/100 (702 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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79.

2112Canada Rush
Year of Release:1976Appears in:457 charts
Rank in 1976:6Rank Score:9,322
Rank in 1970s79Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  80/100 (723 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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95.

DesireUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1976Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1976:7Rank Score:7,288
Rank in 1970s95Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  81/100 (708 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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101.

The Modern LoversUnited States The Modern Lovers
Year of Release:1976Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1976:8Rank Score:6,485
Rank in 1970s101Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  83/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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132.

A Trick Of The TailUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1976Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1976:9Rank Score:4,839
Rank in 1970s132Overall Rank:530
Average Rating:  79/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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148.

RocksUnited States Aerosmith
Year of Release:1976Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1976:10Rank Score:4,099
Rank in 1970s148Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  78/100 (382 votes)
Comments: 31 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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