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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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RankAlbumArtist
41.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:15,877
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:165
Average Rating:  84/100 (764 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:783 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,587
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  80/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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43.

HorsesUnited States Patti Smith
Year of Release:1975Appears in:729 charts
Rank in 1975:6Rank Score:15,201
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:176
Average Rating:  81/100 (891 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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44.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:633 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:14,975
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:180
Average Rating:  82/100 (856 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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45.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:732 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:14,702
Rank in 1970s45Overall Rank:182
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,048 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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46.

Another Green WorldUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1975Appears in:615 charts
Rank in 1975:7Rank Score:14,634
Rank in 1970s46Overall Rank:183
Average Rating:  84/100 (756 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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47.

Bitches BrewUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1970Appears in:656 charts
Rank in 1970:8Rank Score:14,107
Rank in 1970s47Overall Rank:190
Average Rating:  84/100 (837 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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48.

Fun HouseUnited States The Stooges
Year of Release:1970Appears in:646 charts
Rank in 1970:9Rank Score:14,103
Rank in 1970s48Overall Rank:191
Average Rating:  84/100 (800 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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49.

The ClashUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:661 charts
Rank in 1977:6Rank Score:14,102
Rank in 1970s49Overall Rank:192
Average Rating:  82/100 (981 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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50.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:561 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,296
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:202
Average Rating:  83/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 52 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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