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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 36,000 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.
19701,359408,625 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,376563,704 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,415425,686 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,406475,362 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,300194,923 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,404405,596 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,349212,534 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,366413,407 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,348208,490 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,346382,648 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,6693,690,975

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
41.

Tago MagoGermany Can
Year of Release:1971Appears in:681 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:16,086
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:163
Average Rating:  84/100 (773 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:792 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,585
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,004 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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43.

HorsesUnited States Patti Smith
Year of Release:1975Appears in:741 charts
Rank in 1975:6Rank Score:15,100
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  81/100 (907 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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44.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:744 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:15,019
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:179
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,064 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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45.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:15,015
Rank in 1970s45Overall Rank:180
Average Rating:  82/100 (871 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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46.

Another Green WorldUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1975Appears in:621 charts
Rank in 1975:7Rank Score:14,747
Rank in 1970s46Overall Rank:182
Average Rating:  84/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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47.

The ClashUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:673 charts
Rank in 1977:6Rank Score:14,282
Rank in 1970s47Overall Rank:190
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,002 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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48.

Fun HouseUnited States The Stooges
Year of Release:1970Appears in:661 charts
Rank in 1970:8Rank Score:14,156
Rank in 1970s48Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  84/100 (813 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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49.

Bitches BrewUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1970Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1970:9Rank Score:14,102
Rank in 1970s49Overall Rank:194
Average Rating:  84/100 (849 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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50.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:572 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,343
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  83/100 (680 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 100 10%
1973 109 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 381 38%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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