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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.
19701,451421,145 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,471580,219 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,511436,688 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,488487,341 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,381200,758 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,503412,865 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,451219,706 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,472424,300 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,483215,360 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,480392,352 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,6913,790,733

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
11.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,461 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:50,170
Rank in 1970s11Overall Rank:35
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,763 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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12.

AnimalsUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,377 charts
Rank in 1977:2Rank Score:46,086
Rank in 1970s12Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,167 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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13.

Marquee MoonUnited States Television
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,371 charts
Rank in 1977:3Rank Score:42,061
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,506 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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14.

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,438 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:41,897
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,928 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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15.

Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,254 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:41,359
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,621 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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16.

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,213 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:35,647
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,504 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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17.

Pink MoonUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,214 charts
Rank in 1972:3Rank Score:35,599
Rank in 1970s17Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,455 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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18.

LowUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,184 charts
Rank in 1977:4Rank Score:35,213
Rank in 1970s18Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,633 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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19.

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,232 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:34,056
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,514 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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20.

ParanoidUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,253 charts
Rank in 1970:1Rank Score:32,270
Rank in 1970s20Overall Rank:72
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,619 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 91 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 368 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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