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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.
19701,423424,937 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,429563,916 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,478433,213 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,466483,177 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,362198,755 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,470410,942 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,423215,690 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,438419,246 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,440212,519 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (181st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,448387,673 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,3773,750,068

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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31.

QuadropheniaUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1973Appears in:752 charts
Rank in 1973:3Rank Score:20,920
Rank in 1970s31Overall Rank:122
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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32.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1970Appears in:850 charts
Rank in 1970:4Rank Score:20,617
Rank in 1970s32Overall Rank:123
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,114 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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33.

InnervisionsUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1973Appears in:848 charts
Rank in 1973:4Rank Score:19,997
Rank in 1970s33Overall Rank:130
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (983 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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34.

Selling England By The PoundUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1973Appears in:743 charts
Rank in 1973:5Rank Score:19,622
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:133
Average Rating:  84/100 (922 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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35.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:841 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,588
Rank in 1970s35Overall Rank:134
Average Rating:  84/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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36.

Led Zeppelin IIIUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1970Appears in:878 charts
Rank in 1970:5Rank Score:18,950
Rank in 1970s36Overall Rank:141
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,597 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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37.

All Things Must PassUnited Kingdom George Harrison
Year of Release:1970Appears in:832 charts
Rank in 1970:6Rank Score:17,980
Rank in 1970s37Overall Rank:151
Average Rating:  84/100 (957 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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38.

MoondanceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1970Appears in:759 charts
Rank in 1970:7Rank Score:17,233
Rank in 1970s38Overall Rank:154
Average Rating:  83/100 (913 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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39.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:849 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:17,165
Rank in 1970s39Overall Rank:155
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,489 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,773
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:159
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,115 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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