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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.
19701,344405,929 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,370559,902 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407420,841 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,393472,866 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,288192,400 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,394402,016 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,333211,076 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,345409,921 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,331206,761 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,339380,082 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5443,661,793

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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61.

Cosmo's FactoryUnited States Creedence Clearwater Revival
Year of Release:1970Appears in:597 charts
Rank in 1970:13Rank Score:11,178
Rank in 1970s61Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  84/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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62.

American BeautyUnited States Grateful Dead
Year of Release:1970Appears in:438 charts
Rank in 1970:14Rank Score:11,051
Rank in 1970s62Overall Rank:248
Average Rating:  80/100 (624 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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63.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:546 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:10,724
Rank in 1970s63Overall Rank:256
Average Rating:  84/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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64.

ExodusJamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1977Appears in:520 charts
Rank in 1977:8Rank Score:10,597
Rank in 1970s64Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  82/100 (628 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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65.

BostonUnited States Boston
Year of Release:1976Appears in:507 charts
Rank in 1976:5Rank Score:10,473
Rank in 1970s65Overall Rank:260
Average Rating:  77/100 (701 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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66.

Bryter LayterUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1971Appears in:529 charts
Rank in 1971:11Rank Score:10,240
Rank in 1970s66Overall Rank:265
Average Rating:  84/100 (647 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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67.

Déjà VuMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:528 charts
Rank in 1970:15Rank Score:10,196
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:266
Average Rating:  83/100 (646 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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68.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:10,196
Rank in 1970s68Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  83/100 (607 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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69.

"Heroes"United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:620 charts
Rank in 1977:9Rank Score:10,164
Rank in 1970s69Overall Rank:268
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,084 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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70.

ImagineUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1971Appears in:603 charts
Rank in 1971:12Rank Score:10,083
Rank in 1970s70Overall Rank:270
Average Rating:  81/100 (876 votes)
Comments: 47 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%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Kiss 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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