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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.
19701,346406,120 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,370560,103 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407421,401 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,393472,876 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,288192,371 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,395402,208 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,333211,166 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,345410,088 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,331206,836 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,339380,165 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5473,663,333

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:633 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:14,929
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:180
Average Rating:  82/100 (855 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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73.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:521 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:9,923
Rank in 1970s73Overall Rank:275
Average Rating:  81/100 (661 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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83.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:8,988
Rank in 1970s83Overall Rank:313
Average Rating:  80/100 (651 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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85.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:572 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:8,764
Rank in 1970s85Overall Rank:318
Average Rating:  81/100 (687 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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89.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:476 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:8,226
Rank in 1970s89Overall Rank:337
Average Rating:  81/100 (548 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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106.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:425 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:6,117
Rank in 1970s106Overall Rank:431
Average Rating:  81/100 (702 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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108.

Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:411 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:6,009
Rank in 1970s108Overall Rank:436
Average Rating:  83/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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127.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:4,970
Rank in 1970s127Overall Rank:516
Average Rating:  80/100 (333 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:4,939
Rank in 1970s128Overall Rank:519
Average Rating:  81/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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136.

More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:4,605
Rank in 1970s136Overall Rank:552
Average Rating:  82/100 (529 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%
Neil Young 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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