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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.
19701,451421,145 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,471580,219 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,511436,688 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,488487,341 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,381200,758 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,503412,865 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,451219,706 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,472424,300 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,483215,360 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,480392,352 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,6913,790,733

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
21.

A Night At The OperaUnited Kingdom Queen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,146 charts
Rank in 1975:4Rank Score:30,887
Rank in 1970s21Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,552 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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22.

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,181 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:29,016
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:83
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,438 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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23.

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex PistolsUnited Kingdom Sex Pistols
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,114 charts
Rank in 1977:5Rank Score:28,600
Rank in 1970s23Overall Rank:84
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,539 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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24.

Physical GraffitiUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,037 charts
Rank in 1975:5Rank Score:27,493
Rank in 1970s24Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,655 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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Houses Of The HolyUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1973Appears in:1,048 charts
Rank in 1973:2Rank Score:27,288
Rank in 1970s25Overall Rank:91
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,654 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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26.

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,015 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:26,750
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:93
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,139 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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27.

HarvestCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,041 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,409
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,380 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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28.

Close To The EdgeUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1972Appears in:851 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:22,166
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:115
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,103 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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29.

Bridge Over Troubled WaterUnited States Simon & Garfunkel
Year of Release:1970Appears in:983 charts
Rank in 1970:3Rank Score:22,056
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,220 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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30.

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1972Appears in:971 charts
Rank in 1972:6Rank Score:21,968
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:118
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,223 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 91 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 368 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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