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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.
19701,398411,742 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,407569,700 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,443429,346 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,442478,820 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,333196,355 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (206th)
by Genesis
19751,440407,867 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,382213,973 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,408415,923 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,399210,720 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,404385,385 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,0563,719,832

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
5.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,281 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:94,749
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,555 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,816 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:69,224
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,780 votes)
Comments: 207 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,519 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,086
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,802 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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78.

Fear Of MusicUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1979Appears in:600 charts
Rank in 1979:4Rank Score:9,597
Rank in 1970s78Overall Rank:292
Average Rating:  83/100 (785 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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79.

Entertainment!United Kingdom Gang Of Four
Year of Release:1979Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1979:5Rank Score:9,295
Rank in 1970s79Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  81/100 (557 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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89.

Off The WallUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1979Appears in:508 charts
Rank in 1979:6Rank Score:8,214
Rank in 1970s89Overall Rank:340
Average Rating:  78/100 (765 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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91.

Highway To HellAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1979Appears in:451 charts
Rank in 1979:7Rank Score:8,093
Rank in 1970s91Overall Rank:345
Average Rating:  78/100 (777 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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96.

Rust Never SleepsCanada Neil Young And Crazy Horse
Year of Release:1979Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1979:8Rank Score:7,506
Rank in 1970s96Overall Rank:366
Average Rating:  84/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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104.

Breakfast In AmericaUnited Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1979Appears in:426 charts
Rank in 1979:9Rank Score:6,395
Rank in 1970s104Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  81/100 (565 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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136.

TuskUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1979Appears in:287 charts
Rank in 1979:10Rank Score:4,745
Rank in 1970s136Overall Rank:551
Average Rating:  77/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 26 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%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 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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