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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 27,000 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.
19701,107356,026 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,131475,776 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,187356,725 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,170401,613 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,087157,958 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (213th)
by Genesis
19751,157346,309 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,067177,436 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,054340,660 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,073173,467 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,072324,688 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,1053,110,657

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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191.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,586
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:799
Average Rating:  81/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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192.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:2,579
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:803
Average Rating:  80/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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193.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,547
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:810
Average Rating:  78/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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194.

YUnited Kingdom The Pop Group
Year of Release:1979Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1979:19Rank Score:2,517
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:820
Average Rating:  78/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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195.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,513
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:822
Average Rating:  79/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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196.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1971:27Rank Score:2,487
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:825
Average Rating:  76/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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197.

MirageUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1974Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1974:14Rank Score:2,461
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  81/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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198.

Heart Of The CongosJamaica The Congos
Year of Release:1977Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,461
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  80/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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199.

StarsailorUnited States Tim Buckley
Year of Release:1970Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1970:30Rank Score:2,455
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  78/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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200.

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento/Lô Borges
Year of Release:1972Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1972:20Rank Score:2,449
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  81/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 110 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 15 2%
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