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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
35.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:841 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,588
Rank in 1970s35Overall Rank:134
Average Rating:  84/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,773
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:159
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,115 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:798 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,654
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,030 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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54.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:632 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:13,057
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:211
Average Rating:  76/100 (987 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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66.

BostonUnited States Boston
Year of Release:1976Appears in:519 charts
Rank in 1976:5Rank Score:10,420
Rank in 1970s66Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  77/100 (727 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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82.

2112Canada Rush
Year of Release:1976Appears in:466 charts
Rank in 1976:6Rank Score:9,254
Rank in 1970s82Overall Rank:309
Average Rating:  80/100 (744 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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96.

DesireUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1976Appears in:463 charts
Rank in 1976:7Rank Score:7,544
Rank in 1970s96Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  81/100 (742 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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100.

The Modern LoversUnited States The Modern Lovers
Year of Release:1976Appears in:404 charts
Rank in 1976:8Rank Score:6,630
Rank in 1970s100Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  83/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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130.

A Trick Of The TailUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1976Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1976:9Rank Score:4,979
Rank in 1970s130Overall Rank:532
Average Rating:  79/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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152.

RocksUnited States Aerosmith
Year of Release:1976Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1976:10Rank Score:4,034
Rank in 1970s152Overall Rank:641
Average Rating:  78/100 (388 votes)
Comments: 31 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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