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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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21.

A Night At The OperaUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,133 charts
Rank in 1975:4Rank Score:30,796
Rank in 1970s21Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,535 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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22.

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,174 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:28,837
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,427 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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23.

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex PistolsUnited Kingdom Sex Pistols
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,095 charts
Rank in 1977:5Rank Score:28,183
Rank in 1970s23Overall Rank:85
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,522 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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24.

Physical GraffitiUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,030 charts
Rank in 1975:5Rank Score:27,501
Rank in 1970s24Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,635 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Houses Of The HolyUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1973Appears in:1,042 charts
Rank in 1973:2Rank Score:27,306
Rank in 1970s25Overall Rank:90
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,640 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,009 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:26,599
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:93
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,127 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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27.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,028 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,285
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,368 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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28.

Bridge Over Troubled WaterUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Year of Release:1970Appears in:974 charts
Rank in 1970:3Rank Score:21,969
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:116
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,210 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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29.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:837 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,933
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:117
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,080 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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30.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:962 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,853
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:118
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,213 votes)
Comments: 75 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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