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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
51.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:694 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,292
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:205
Average Rating:  81/100 (851 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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52.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:578 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,283
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  83/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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53.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:786 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:13,198
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:208
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,624 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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54.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:630 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:13,061
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:209
Average Rating:  76/100 (974 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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55.

LoadedUnited States The Velvet Underground
Year of Release:1970Appears in:648 charts
Rank in 1970:12Rank Score:13,061
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:210
Average Rating:  83/100 (958 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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56.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:534 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,329
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:222
Average Rating:  83/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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57.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:547 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,109
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:228
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (702 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:582 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,063
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  84/100 (719 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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59.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:564 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:12,017
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:232
Average Rating:  82/100 (760 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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60.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:605 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:12,005
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:234
Average Rating:  83/100 (795 votes)
Comments: 55 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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