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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 30,000 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.
19701,208375,024 Paranoid (77th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,218516,620 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,280387,293 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,275435,351 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,167173,140 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (212th)
by Genesis
19751,267370,068 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,201193,963 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,189370,143 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,193188,604 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,184348,352 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total12,1823,358,557

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 Bob Dylan.
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RankAlbumArtist
191.

News Of The WorldUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1977Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1977:22Rank Score:2,801
Rank in 1970s191Overall Rank:796
Average Rating:  76/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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192.

Setting SonsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1979Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1979:18Rank Score:2,769
Rank in 1970s192Overall Rank:803
Average Rating:  78/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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193.

Every Picture Tells A StoryUnited Kingdom Rod Stewart
Year of Release:1971Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1971:28Rank Score:2,758
Rank in 1970s193Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  76/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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194.

A New World RecordUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1976Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1976:14Rank Score:2,730
Rank in 1970s194Overall Rank:815
Average Rating:  79/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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195.

The Heart Of Saturday NightUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1974Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1974:12Rank Score:2,727
Rank in 1970s195Overall Rank:816
Average Rating:  78/100 (248 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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196.

Before And After ScienceUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1977Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1977:23Rank Score:2,725
Rank in 1970s196Overall Rank:818
Average Rating:  81/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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197.

JailbreakIreland Thin Lizzy
Year of Release:1976Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1976:15Rank Score:2,703
Rank in 1970s197Overall Rank:827
Average Rating:  79/100 (268 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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198.

ThirdUnited Kingdom Soft Machine
Year of Release:1970Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1970:28Rank Score:2,703
Rank in 1970s198Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  81/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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199.

The Basement TapesMixed Nationality Bob Dylan & The Band
Year of Release:1975Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1975:13Rank Score:2,688
Rank in 1970s199Overall Rank:832
Average Rating:  80/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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200.

RelayerUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1974Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1974:13Rank Score:2,677
Rank in 1970s200Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  76/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 104 10%
1973 107 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 17 2%
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