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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.
19701,410414,219 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,415572,880 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,466432,019 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,457481,687 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,351197,963 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (204th)
by Genesis
19751,457410,342 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,409215,586 Songs In The Key Of Life (135th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,427417,943 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,422212,286 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,430387,751 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,2443,742,676

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.

(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)United States Lynyrd Skynyrd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 1973:10Rank Score:6,579
Rank in 1970s101Overall Rank:401
Average Rating:  79/100 (470 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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102.

#1 RecordUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1972Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1972:11Rank Score:6,542
Rank in 1970s102Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  82/100 (474 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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103.

Tea For The TillermanUnited Kingdom Cat Stevens
Year of Release:1970Appears in:388 charts
Rank in 1970:17Rank Score:6,540
Rank in 1970s103Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  81/100 (507 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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104.

Breakfast In AmericaUnited Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1979Appears in:430 charts
Rank in 1979:9Rank Score:6,387
Rank in 1970s104Overall Rank:415
Average Rating:  81/100 (569 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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105.

Maggot BrainUnited States Funkadelic
Year of Release:1971Appears in:424 charts
Rank in 1971:20Rank Score:6,354
Rank in 1970s105Overall Rank:416
Average Rating:  82/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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106.

Songs Of Love And HateCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1971Appears in:376 charts
Rank in 1971:21Rank Score:6,199
Rank in 1970s106Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  83/100 (465 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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107.

Some GirlsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1978Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1978:6Rank Score:6,188
Rank in 1970s107Overall Rank:432
Average Rating:  81/100 (724 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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108.

Deep Purple In RockUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1970Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1970:18Rank Score:6,156
Rank in 1970s108Overall Rank:435
Average Rating:  81/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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109.

Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1978Appears in:424 charts
Rank in 1978:7Rank Score:6,136
Rank in 1970s109Overall Rank:438
Average Rating:  82/100 (541 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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110.

Tubular BellsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1973Appears in:389 charts
Rank in 1973:11Rank Score:6,099
Rank in 1970s110Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  79/100 (475 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 99 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 377 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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