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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
151.

The IdiotUnited States Iggy Pop
Year of Release:1977Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1977:20Rank Score:4,182
Rank in 1970s151Overall Rank:626
Average Rating:  80/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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152.

HejiraCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1976Appears in:230 charts
Rank in 1976:10Rank Score:4,172
Rank in 1970s152Overall Rank:627
Average Rating:  79/100 (297 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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153.

Larks' Tongues In AspicUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1973Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1973:19Rank Score:4,053
Rank in 1970s153Overall Rank:644
Average Rating:  81/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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154.

SpecialsUnited Kingdom The Specials
Year of Release:1979Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1979:12Rank Score:4,028
Rank in 1970s154Overall Rank:649
Average Rating:  79/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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155.

Can't Buy A ThrillUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1972Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1972:14Rank Score:4,019
Rank in 1970s155Overall Rank:650
Average Rating:  81/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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156.

Music For 18 MusiciansUnited States Steve Reich
Year of Release:1978Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1978:15Rank Score:4,012
Rank in 1970s156Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  83/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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157.

RocksUnited States Aerosmith
Year of Release:1976Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1976:11Rank Score:3,992
Rank in 1970s157Overall Rank:655
Average Rating:  78/100 (393 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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158.

Radio CityUnited States Big Star
Year of Release:1974Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1974:11Rank Score:3,899
Rank in 1970s158Overall Rank:665
Average Rating:  80/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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159.

Roxy MusicUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1972Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1972:15Rank Score:3,855
Rank in 1970s159Overall Rank:670
Average Rating:  79/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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160.

Chairs MissingUnited Kingdom Wire
Year of Release:1978Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1978:16Rank Score:3,852
Rank in 1970s160Overall Rank:671
Average Rating:  81/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 12 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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