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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 (32nd)
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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111.

Songs Of Love And HateCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1971Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 1971:20Rank Score:6,099
Rank in 1970s111Overall Rank:445
Average Rating:  83/100 (467 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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112.

BerlinUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1973Appears in:368 charts
Rank in 1973:12Rank Score:6,090
Rank in 1970s112Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  80/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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113.

Tubular BellsUnited Kingdom Mike Oldfield
Year of Release:1973Appears in:396 charts
Rank in 1973:13Rank Score:6,059
Rank in 1970s113Overall Rank:448
Average Rating:  79/100 (474 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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114.

The Yes AlbumUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:331 charts
Rank in 1971:21Rank Score:6,036
Rank in 1970s114Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  82/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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115.

Bat Out Of HellUnited States Meat Loaf
Year of Release:1977Appears in:304 charts
Rank in 1977:14Rank Score:5,866
Rank in 1970s115Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  71/100 (516 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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116.

Talking Heads: 77United States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1977Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 1977:15Rank Score:5,828
Rank in 1970s116Overall Rank:461
Average Rating:  82/100 (638 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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117.

Histoire De Melody NelsonFrance Serge Gainsbourg
Year of Release:1971Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 1971:22Rank Score:5,803
Rank in 1970s117Overall Rank:462
Average Rating:  82/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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118.

Diamond DogsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1974Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1974:6Rank Score:5,718
Rank in 1970s118Overall Rank:469
Average Rating:  78/100 (726 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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119.


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AbraxasMixed Nationality Santana
Year of Release:1970Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1970:20Rank Score:5,545
Rank in 1970s119Overall Rank:478
Average Rating:  81/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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120.

Atom Heart MotherUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1970Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1970:21Rank Score:5,487
Rank in 1970s120Overall Rank:483
Average Rating:  78/100 (966 votes)
Comments: 65 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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