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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.
19701,431426,614 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,447565,932 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,483434,133 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,470484,630 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,373199,249 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,478411,629 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,434217,493 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,454420,446 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,454213,895 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (177th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,464390,195 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,4883,764,216

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
141.

PearlUnited States Janis Joplin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:339 charts
Rank in 1971:23Rank Score:4,514
Rank in 1970s141Overall Rank:579
Average Rating:  80/100 (420 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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142.

Dire StraitsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1978Appears in:310 charts
Rank in 1978:12Rank Score:4,498
Rank in 1970s142Overall Rank:580
Average Rating:  78/100 (454 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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143.

Talking BookUnited States Stevie Wonder
Year of Release:1972Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1972:12Rank Score:4,428
Rank in 1970s143Overall Rank:584
Average Rating:  80/100 (484 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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144.

All Mod ConsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1978Appears in:281 charts
Rank in 1978:13Rank Score:4,366
Rank in 1970s144Overall Rank:595
Average Rating:  79/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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145.

SuperflyUnited States Curtis Mayfield
Year of Release:1972Appears in:348 charts
Rank in 1972:13Rank Score:4,347
Rank in 1970s145Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  81/100 (421 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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146.

Here Come The Warm JetsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1974Appears in:332 charts
Rank in 1974:9Rank Score:4,319
Rank in 1970s146Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  82/100 (432 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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147.

Metal BoxUnited Kingdom Public Image Ltd.
Year of Release:1979Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1979:11Rank Score:4,237
Rank in 1970s147Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  78/100 (318 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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148.

The Modern DanceUnited States Pere Ubu
Year of Release:1978Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1978:14Rank Score:4,235
Rank in 1970s148Overall Rank:612
Average Rating:  80/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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149.

Queen IIUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1974Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1974:10Rank Score:4,212
Rank in 1970s149Overall Rank:618
Average Rating:  78/100 (549 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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150.

HejiraCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1976Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1976:10Rank Score:4,135
Rank in 1970s150Overall Rank:624
Average Rating:  79/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 395 40%
United States 369 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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