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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 37,000 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.
19701,398411,727 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,407569,412 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,444429,320 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,442479,131 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,332196,389 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (206th)
by Genesis
19751,440408,056 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,382213,810 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,408415,924 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,399210,753 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,404385,660 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,0563,720,181

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
361.

If I Could Only Remember My NameUnited States David Crosby
Year of Release:1971Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1971:42Rank Score:1,329
Rank in 1970s361Overall Rank:1,700
Average Rating:  77/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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362.

Burnin'Jamaica The Wailers
Year of Release:1973Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1973:40Rank Score:1,320
Rank in 1970s362Overall Rank:1,706
Average Rating:  78/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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363.

52nd StreetUnited States Billy Joel
Year of Release:1978Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1978:34Rank Score:1,315
Rank in 1970s363Overall Rank:1,711
Average Rating:  77/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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364.

John Barleycorn Must DieUnited Kingdom Traffic
Year of Release:1970Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1970:44Rank Score:1,304
Rank in 1970s364Overall Rank:1,723
Average Rating:  77/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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365.

Heavy WeatherUnited States Weather Report
Year of Release:1977Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1977:37Rank Score:1,296
Rank in 1970s365Overall Rank:1,728
Average Rating:  78/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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366.

The AlbumSweden ABBA
Year of Release:1977Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1977:38Rank Score:1,293
Rank in 1970s366Overall Rank:1,732
Average Rating:  72/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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367.

One Step Beyond...United Kingdom Madness
Year of Release:1979Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1979:34Rank Score:1,291
Rank in 1970s367Overall Rank:1,734
Average Rating:  75/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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368.

ReplicasUnited Kingdom Tubeway Army
Year of Release:1979Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1979:35Rank Score:1,289
Rank in 1970s368Overall Rank:1,738
Average Rating:  77/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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369.

Face The MusicUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1975Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1975:31Rank Score:1,284
Rank in 1970s369Overall Rank:1,745
Average Rating:  77/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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370.

Mekanïk Destruktïw KommandöhFrance Magma
Year of Release:1973Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1973:41Rank Score:1,276
Rank in 1970s370Overall Rank:1,753
Average Rating:  77/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 377 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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