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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.
19701,400411,928 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,407569,403 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,446429,426 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,442479,302 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,339196,588 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (205th)
by Genesis
19751,439408,422 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,389213,807 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,410415,857 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,401210,822 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,408385,569 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,0813,721,122

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
44.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:15,189
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:179
Average Rating:  82/100 (880 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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73.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:537 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:10,053
Rank in 1970s73Overall Rank:276
Average Rating:  81/100 (677 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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83.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:9,076
Rank in 1970s83Overall Rank:312
Average Rating:  80/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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84.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:589 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:9,023
Rank in 1970s84Overall Rank:314
Average Rating:  81/100 (710 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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92.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:8,060
Rank in 1970s92Overall Rank:346
Average Rating:  80/100 (563 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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105.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:6,179
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  81/100 (720 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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110.

Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:420 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:6,080
Rank in 1970s110Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  82/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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126.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:5,188
Rank in 1970s126Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:4,965
Rank in 1970s128Overall Rank:530
Average Rating:  81/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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137.

More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:384 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:4,684
Rank in 1970s137Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  82/100 (547 votes)
Comments: 31 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%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 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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