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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
991.

Atomic BombNigeria William Onyeabor
Year of Release:1978Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1978:108Rank Score:284
Rank in 1970s991Overall Rank:5,736
Average Rating:  76/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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992.

Living In The 70sAustralia Skyhooks
Year of Release:1974Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1974:95Rank Score:284
Rank in 1970s992Overall Rank:5,744
Average Rating:  72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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993.

Focus IIINetherlands Focus
Year of Release:1972Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1972:100Rank Score:283
Rank in 1970s993Overall Rank:5,750
Average Rating:  78/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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994.

Spirits Having FlownUnited Kingdom Bee Gees
Year of Release:1979Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1979:91Rank Score:283
Rank in 1970s994Overall Rank:5,755
Average Rating:  70/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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995.

Rock 'n' RollUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1975Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1975:101Rank Score:282
Rank in 1970s995Overall Rank:5,758
Average Rating:  69/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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996.

La SolitudeMonaco Léo Ferré
Year of Release:1972Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1972:101Rank Score:282
Rank in 1970s996Overall Rank:5,762
Average Rating:  79/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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997.

Nantucket SleighrideUnited States Mountain
Year of Release:1971Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1971:105Rank Score:282
Rank in 1970s997Overall Rank:5,767
Average Rating:  73/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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998.

Lóki?Brazil Arnaldo Baptista
Year of Release:1974Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1974:96Rank Score:282
Rank in 1970s998Overall Rank:5,768
Average Rating:  76/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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999.

The Fine Art Of SurfacingIreland The Boomtown Rats
Year of Release:1979Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1979:92Rank Score:280
Rank in 1970s999Overall Rank:5,785
Average Rating:  76/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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1000.

MisfitsUnited Kingdom The Kinks
Year of Release:1978Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1978:109Rank Score:280
Rank in 1970s1,000Overall Rank:5,788
Average Rating:  72/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 2 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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