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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.
19701,347406,197 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,370560,126 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407421,458 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,393472,956 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,289192,344 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,395402,203 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,334211,192 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,345410,092 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,332206,895 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,339380,248 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5513,663,711

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
991.

EquinoxUnited States Styx
Year of Release:1975Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1975:99Rank Score:280
Rank in 1970s991Overall Rank:5,683
Average Rating:  72/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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992.

Spirits Having FlownUnited Kingdom Bee Gees
Year of Release:1979Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1979:90Rank Score:280
Rank in 1970s992Overall Rank:5,690
Average Rating:  71/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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993.

DragnetUnited Kingdom The Fall
Year of Release:1979Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1979:91Rank Score:279
Rank in 1970s993Overall Rank:5,704
Average Rating:  77/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Sunburst FinishUnited Kingdom Be-Bop Deluxe
Year of Release:1976Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1976:82Rank Score:278
Rank in 1970s994Overall Rank:5,723
Average Rating:  72/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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995.

La Grasa De Las CapitalesArgentina Serú Girán
Year of Release:1979Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1979:92Rank Score:277
Rank in 1970s995Overall Rank:5,728
Average Rating:  73/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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996.

Focus IIINetherlands Focus
Year of Release:1972Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1972:100Rank Score:277
Rank in 1970s996Overall Rank:5,733
Average Rating:  77/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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997.

Keine Macht Für NiemandGermany Ton Steine Scherben
Year of Release:1972Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1972:101Rank Score:276
Rank in 1970s997Overall Rank:5,738
Average Rating:  76/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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998.

(No Pussyfooting)United Kingdom Fripp & Eno
Year of Release:1973Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1973:110Rank Score:276
Rank in 1970s998Overall Rank:5,739
Average Rating:  81/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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999.

Back To The EggUnited Kingdom Paul McCartney & Wings
Year of Release:1979Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1979:93Rank Score:276
Rank in 1970s999Overall Rank:5,744
Average Rating:  69/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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1000.

MisfitsUnited Kingdom The Kinks
Year of Release:1978Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1978:109Rank Score:275
Rank in 1970s1,000Overall Rank:5,758
Average Rating:  72/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 2 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%
Jethro Tull 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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