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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.
19701,348406,478 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,371560,653 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407421,683 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,394473,219 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,289192,399 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (201st)
by Genesis
19751,396402,596 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,336211,149 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,348410,448 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,334207,132 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,341380,514 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5643,666,271

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
101.

The Modern LoversUnited States The Modern Lovers
Year of Release:1976Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1976:8Rank Score:6,474
Rank in 1970s101Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  83/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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102.

(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)United States Lynyrd Skynyrd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 1973:10Rank Score:6,383
Rank in 1970s102Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  79/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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103.

#1 RecordUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1972Appears in:365 charts
Rank in 1972:11Rank Score:6,289
Rank in 1970s103Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  83/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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104.

Breakfast In AmericaUnited Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1979Appears in:419 charts
Rank in 1979:9Rank Score:6,277
Rank in 1970s104Overall Rank:415
Average Rating:  81/100 (552 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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105.

Maggot BrainUnited States Funkadelic
Year of Release:1971Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1971:20Rank Score:6,247
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:416
Average Rating:  83/100 (476 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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106.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:424 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:6,114
Rank in 1970s106Overall Rank:431
Average Rating:  81/100 (702 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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107.

Deep Purple In RockUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1970Appears in:335 charts
Rank in 1970:18Rank Score:6,074
Rank in 1970s107Overall Rank:432
Average Rating:  80/100 (467 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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108.

Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:6,034
Rank in 1970s108Overall Rank:436
Average Rating:  83/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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109.

BerlinUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1973Appears in:351 charts
Rank in 1973:11Rank Score:5,997
Rank in 1970s109Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  80/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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110.

Songs Of Love And HateCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1971Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 1971:21Rank Score:5,994
Rank in 1970s110Overall Rank:440
Average Rating:  83/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 383 38%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 16 2%
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