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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.
19701,442419,209 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,459579,032 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,509436,723 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,482486,481 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,376200,386 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,499412,429 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,447219,633 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,469423,613 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,468215,396 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,472391,668 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,6233,784,570

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
231.

New York DollsUnited States New York Dolls
Year of Release:1973Appears in:243 charts
Rank in 1973:28Rank Score:2,470
Rank in 1970s231Overall Rank:1,010
Average Rating:  77/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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232.

Countdown To EcstasyUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1973Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1973:29Rank Score:2,447
Rank in 1970s232Overall Rank:1,020
Average Rating:  80/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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233.

DesertshoreGermany Nico
Year of Release:1970Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1970:33Rank Score:2,430
Rank in 1970s233Overall Rank:1,027
Average Rating:  80/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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234.

ZombieNigeria Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Year of Release:1976Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1976:17Rank Score:2,382
Rank in 1970s234Overall Rank:1,049
Average Rating:  80/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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235.

The Harder They Come
Compilation
Mixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1972Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1972:26Rank Score:2,368
Rank in 1970s235Overall Rank:1,057
Average Rating:  80/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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236.

I Want To See The Bright Lights TonightUnited Kingdom Richard & Linda Thompson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1974:21Rank Score:2,361
Rank in 1970s236Overall Rank:1,062
Average Rating:  81/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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237.

Something/Anything?United States Todd Rundgren
Year of Release:1972Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1972:27Rank Score:2,313
Rank in 1970s237Overall Rank:1,074
Average Rating:  81/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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238.

ZumaCanada Neil Young And Crazy Horse
Year of Release:1975Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1975:18Rank Score:2,313
Rank in 1970s238Overall Rank:1,075
Average Rating:  80/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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239.

Chronicle - The 20 Greatest Hits
Compilation
United States Creedence Clearwater Revival
Year of Release:1976Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1976:18Rank Score:2,310
Rank in 1970s239Overall Rank:1,077
Average Rating:  84/100 (340 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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240.

BurnUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1974Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1974:22Rank Score:2,310
Rank in 1970s240Overall Rank:1,078
Average Rating:  78/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 14 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%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 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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