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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 38,000 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.
19701,440419,188 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,455578,500 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,508436,092 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,480486,363 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,375200,347 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,494412,266 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,442219,493 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,463422,995 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,467215,236 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,472391,559 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,5963,782,038

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 Black Sabbath.
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RankAlbumArtist
141.

Dire StraitsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1978Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1978:12Rank Score:4,515
Rank in 1970s141Overall Rank:582
Average Rating:  78/100 (459 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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142.

PearlUnited States Janis Joplin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1971:24Rank Score:4,509
Rank in 1970s142Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  80/100 (421 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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143.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1978:13Rank Score:4,441
Rank in 1970s143Overall Rank:587
Average Rating:  79/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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144.

Talking BookUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1972Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1972:12Rank Score:4,432
Rank in 1970s144Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  80/100 (490 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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145.

Here Come The Warm JetsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1974Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1974:9Rank Score:4,374
Rank in 1970s145Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  82/100 (435 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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146.

SuperflyUnited States Curtis Mayfield
Year of Release:1972Appears in:354 charts
Rank in 1972:13Rank Score:4,367
Rank in 1970s146Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  81/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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147.

Metal BoxUnited Kingdom Public Image Ltd.
Year of Release:1979Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1979:11Rank Score:4,278
Rank in 1970s147Overall Rank:609
Average Rating:  78/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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148.

The Modern DanceUnited States Pere Ubu
Year of Release:1978Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1978:14Rank Score:4,231
Rank in 1970s148Overall Rank:618
Average Rating:  80/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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149.

Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part OneUnited Kingdom The Kinks
Year of Release:1970Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1970:23Rank Score:4,221
Rank in 1970s149Overall Rank:620
Average Rating:  81/100 (356 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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150.

Queen IIUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1974:10Rank Score:4,217
Rank in 1970s150Overall Rank:621
Average Rating:  78/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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