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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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31.

QuadropheniaUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1973Appears in:737 charts
Rank in 1973:3Rank Score:20,912
Rank in 1970s31Overall Rank:120
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,038 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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32.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1970Appears in:816 charts
Rank in 1970:4Rank Score:20,452
Rank in 1970s32Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,064 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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33.

InnervisionsUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1973Appears in:819 charts
Rank in 1973:4Rank Score:19,896
Rank in 1970s33Overall Rank:128
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (953 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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34.

Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1976Appears in:805 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:19,235
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:134
Average Rating:  84/100 (896 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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35.

Selling England By The PoundUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1973Appears in:708 charts
Rank in 1973:5Rank Score:19,007
Rank in 1970s35Overall Rank:137
Average Rating:  84/100 (888 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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36.

Led Zeppelin IIIUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1970Appears in:852 charts
Rank in 1970:5Rank Score:18,767
Rank in 1970s36Overall Rank:138
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,543 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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37.

All Things Must PassUnited Kingdom George Harrison
Year of Release:1970Appears in:805 charts
Rank in 1970:6Rank Score:17,826
Rank in 1970s37Overall Rank:147
Average Rating:  84/100 (918 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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38.

MoondanceUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1970Appears in:740 charts
Rank in 1970:7Rank Score:17,272
Rank in 1970s38Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  83/100 (880 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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39.

MeddleUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1971Appears in:810 charts
Rank in 1971:7Rank Score:16,662
Rank in 1970s39Overall Rank:156
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,433 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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40.

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1976Appears in:721 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,023
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:161
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,065 votes)
Comments: 57 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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