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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.
19701,460423,324 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,479583,480 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,524439,584 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,503489,462 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,388201,876 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,516414,847 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,456221,404 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,494425,851 Rumours (30th)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,502217,476 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (177th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,491393,232 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,8133,810,536

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
241.

Something/Anything?United States Todd Rundgren
Year of Release:1972Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1972:27Rank Score:2,300
Rank in 1970s241Overall Rank:1,090
Average Rating:  81/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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242.

MoonmadnessUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1976Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1976:18Rank Score:2,295
Rank in 1970s242Overall Rank:1,092
Average Rating:  80/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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243.

PowerageAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1978Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1978:21Rank Score:2,291
Rank in 1970s243Overall Rank:1,095
Average Rating:  75/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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244.

PhaedraGermany Tangerine Dream
Year of Release:1974Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1974:23Rank Score:2,284
Rank in 1970s244Overall Rank:1,099
Average Rating:  80/100 (243 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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245.

ZombieNigeria Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Year of Release:1976Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1976:19Rank Score:2,274
Rank in 1970s245Overall Rank:1,106
Average Rating:  80/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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246.

154United Kingdom Wire
Year of Release:1979Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1979:20Rank Score:2,253
Rank in 1970s246Overall Rank:1,115
Average Rating:  80/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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247.

SunflowerUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1970Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1970:35Rank Score:2,252
Rank in 1970s247Overall Rank:1,117
Average Rating:  78/100 (347 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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248.

Katy LiedUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1975:19Rank Score:2,243
Rank in 1970s248Overall Rank:1,124
Average Rating:  80/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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249.

Late For The SkyUnited States Jackson Browne
Year of Release:1974Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1974:24Rank Score:2,233
Rank in 1970s249Overall Rank:1,129
Average Rating:  77/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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250.

Let There Be RockAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1977Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1977:25Rank Score:2,216
Rank in 1970s250Overall Rank:1,143
Average Rating:  77/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 83 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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