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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.
19701,423424,937 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,429563,916 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,478433,213 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,466483,177 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,362198,755 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,470410,942 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,423215,690 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,438419,246 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,440212,519 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (181st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,448387,673 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,3773,750,068

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:583 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,533
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  81/100 (760 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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52.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:808 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:13,416
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,660 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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53.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:701 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,247
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:209
Average Rating:  80/100 (860 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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54.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:632 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:13,057
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:211
Average Rating:  76/100 (987 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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55.

LoadedUnited States The Velvet Underground
Year of Release:1970Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1970:12Rank Score:12,964
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:215
Average Rating:  83/100 (978 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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56.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:547 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,548
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:222
Average Rating:  82/100 (686 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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57.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:567 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,444
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:225
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (720 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:595 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,238
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:230
Average Rating:  84/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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59.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:617 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:12,121
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:234
Average Rating:  83/100 (809 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:571 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:11,975
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:236
Average Rating:  82/100 (770 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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