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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
41.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:683 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:16,278
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  84/100 (789 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:790 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,523
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,015 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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43.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:755 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:15,258
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,079 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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44.

HorsesUnited States Patti Smith
Year of Release:1975Appears in:746 charts
Rank in 1975:6Rank Score:15,180
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:179
Average Rating:  82/100 (916 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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45.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:650 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:15,170
Rank in 1970s45Overall Rank:180
Average Rating:  82/100 (879 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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46.

Another Green WorldUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1975Appears in:627 charts
Rank in 1975:7Rank Score:14,757
Rank in 1970s46Overall Rank:183
Average Rating:  84/100 (785 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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47.

The ClashUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:679 charts
Rank in 1977:6Rank Score:14,377
Rank in 1970s47Overall Rank:189
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,018 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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48.

Bitches BrewUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1970Appears in:676 charts
Rank in 1970:8Rank Score:14,232
Rank in 1970s48Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  84/100 (864 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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49.

Fun HouseUnited States The Stooges
Year of Release:1970Appears in:662 charts
Rank in 1970:9Rank Score:14,226
Rank in 1970s49Overall Rank:194
Average Rating:  84/100 (821 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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50.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:571 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,466
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  81/100 (750 votes)
Comments: 48 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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