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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
171.

Reggatta de BlancUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1979Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1979:14Rank Score:3,536
Rank in 1970s171Overall Rank:727
Average Rating:  78/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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172.

Armed ForcesUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1979Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1979:15Rank Score:3,523
Rank in 1970s172Overall Rank:730
Average Rating:  80/100 (343 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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173.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:233 charts
Rank in 1977:21Rank Score:3,474
Rank in 1970s173Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  81/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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174.

The B-52'sUnited States The B-52's
Year of Release:1979Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1979:16Rank Score:3,452
Rank in 1970s174Overall Rank:743
Average Rating:  78/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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175.

A Farewell To KingsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1977Appears in:223 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:3,427
Rank in 1970s175Overall Rank:747
Average Rating:  80/100 (374 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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176.

Let's Get It OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1973Appears in:290 charts
Rank in 1973:21Rank Score:3,384
Rank in 1970s176Overall Rank:753
Average Rating:  81/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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177.

Made In JapanUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1972:18Rank Score:3,372
Rank in 1970s177Overall Rank:756
Average Rating:  81/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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178.

ArtaudArgentina Pescado Rabioso
Year of Release:1973Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1973:22Rank Score:3,358
Rank in 1970s178Overall Rank:758
Average Rating:  81/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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179.

MirageUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1974Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 1974:12Rank Score:3,354
Rank in 1970s179Overall Rank:760
Average Rating:  82/100 (243 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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180.

The Köln ConcertUnited States Keith Jarrett
Year of Release:1975Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1975:11Rank Score:3,337
Rank in 1970s180Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  82/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 4 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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