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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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51.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:560 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,288
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  81/100 (731 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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52.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:682 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,218
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:205
Average Rating:  80/100 (833 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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53.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:771 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:12,989
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:209
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,587 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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54.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:615 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:12,899
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:210
Average Rating:  76/100 (945 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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55.

LoadedUnited States The Velvet Underground
Year of Release:1970Appears in:632 charts
Rank in 1970:12Rank Score:12,836
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:212
Average Rating:  83/100 (937 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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56.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:530 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,393
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:222
Average Rating:  82/100 (654 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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57.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:587 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:11,948
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  83/100 (776 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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58.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:532 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:11,798
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:231
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (682 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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59.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:556 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:11,709
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:233
Average Rating:  84/100 (699 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:544 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:11,518
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:235
Average Rating:  82/100 (742 votes)
Comments: 38 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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