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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 38,000 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.
19701,431426,614 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,447565,932 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,483434,133 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,470484,630 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,373199,249 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,478411,629 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,434217,493 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,454420,446 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,454213,895 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (177th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,464390,195 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,4883,764,216

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
43.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:662 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:15,478
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:177
Average Rating:  82/100 (893 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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70.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:544 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:10,220
Rank in 1970s70Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  81/100 (692 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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83.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:496 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:9,093
Rank in 1970s83Overall Rank:316
Average Rating:  79/100 (678 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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86.

Parallel LinesUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1978Appears in:591 charts
Rank in 1978:4Rank Score:8,941
Rank in 1970s86Overall Rank:322
Average Rating:  81/100 (722 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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93.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:483 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:7,888
Rank in 1970s93Overall Rank:356
Average Rating:  80/100 (578 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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107.

Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:424 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:6,252
Rank in 1970s107Overall Rank:430
Average Rating:  82/100 (545 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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109.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:442 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:6,190
Rank in 1970s109Overall Rank:438
Average Rating:  81/100 (729 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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127.

3rdUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1978Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1978:8Rank Score:5,185
Rank in 1970s127Overall Rank:513
Average Rating:  80/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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HemispheresCanada Rush
Year of Release:1978Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 1978:9Rank Score:4,912
Rank in 1970s133Overall Rank:542
Average Rating:  81/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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137.

More Songs About Buildings And FoodUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1978Appears in:389 charts
Rank in 1978:10Rank Score:4,748
Rank in 1970s137Overall Rank:556
Average Rating:  82/100 (557 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 395 40%
United States 369 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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