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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 28,000 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.
19701,141364,127 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,156486,913 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,230367,187 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,212413,906 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,124162,739 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (215th)
by Genesis
19751,218353,846 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,142182,658 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,113350,573 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,113177,109 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,118333,038 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,5673,192,096

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
191.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,643
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:800
Average Rating:  81/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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192.

Setting SonsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1979Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1979:18Rank Score:2,633
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  78/100 (215 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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193.

ThirdUnited Kingdom Soft Machine
Year of Release:1970Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1970:29Rank Score:2,630
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:805
Average Rating:  80/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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194.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,604
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:811
Average Rating:  78/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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195.

Faust IVGermany Faust
Year of Release:1973Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1973:25Rank Score:2,587
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:814
Average Rating:  82/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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196.

A Farewell To KingsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1977Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,561
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  79/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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197.

StarsailorUnited States Tim Buckley
Year of Release:1970Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,551
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:822
Average Rating:  77/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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198.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:184 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,524
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:831
Average Rating:  76/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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199.

Music For 18 MusiciansUnited States Steve Reich
Year of Release:1978Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1978:18Rank Score:2,507
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  83/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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200.

Band Of GypsysUnited States Jimi Hendrix
Year of Release:1970Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1970:31Rank Score:2,500
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  81/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Queen 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 388 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 15 2%
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