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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
341.

SlowhandUnited Kingdom Eric Clapton
Year of Release:1977Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1977:33Rank Score:1,456
Rank in 1970s341Overall Rank:1,581
Average Rating:  79/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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342.

Inflammable MaterialUnited Kingdom Stiff Little Fingers
Year of Release:1979Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1979:30Rank Score:1,451
Rank in 1970s342Overall Rank:1,589
Average Rating:  78/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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343.

Sheik YerboutiUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1979Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1979:31Rank Score:1,451
Rank in 1970s343Overall Rank:1,590
Average Rating:  79/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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344.

Warren ZevonUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1976Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1976:33Rank Score:1,448
Rank in 1970s344Overall Rank:1,592
Average Rating:  78/100 (92 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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345.

TrilogyUnited Kingdom Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Year of Release:1972Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1972:35Rank Score:1,443
Rank in 1970s345Overall Rank:1,598
Average Rating:  77/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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346.

Music Inspired By The Snow GooseUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1975Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1975:29Rank Score:1,441
Rank in 1970s346Overall Rank:1,601
Average Rating:  79/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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347.

Brothers And SistersUnited States The Allman Brothers Band
Year of Release:1973Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1973:39Rank Score:1,437
Rank in 1970s347Overall Rank:1,606
Average Rating:  79/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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348.

KayaJamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1978Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1978:30Rank Score:1,421
Rank in 1970s348Overall Rank:1,621
Average Rating:  76/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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349.

Still LifeUnited Kingdom Van Der Graaf Generator
Year of Release:1976Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1976:34Rank Score:1,419
Rank in 1970s349Overall Rank:1,623
Average Rating:  77/100 (96 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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350.

Rattus NorvegicusUnited Kingdom The Stranglers
Year of Release:1977Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1977:34Rank Score:1,417
Rank in 1970s350Overall Rank:1,626
Average Rating:  79/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 5 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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