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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.
19701,412414,674 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,417573,025 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,467432,278 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,458482,509 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,352198,175 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,460410,100 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,412215,668 Songs In The Key Of Life (135th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,429418,088 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,422212,242 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,433388,011 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,2623,744,769

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:695 charts
Rank in 1971:8Rank Score:16,336
Rank in 1970s41Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  84/100 (798 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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42.

RamonesUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1976Appears in:798 charts
Rank in 1976:3Rank Score:15,688
Rank in 1970s42Overall Rank:172
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,025 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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43.

L.A. WomanUnited States The Doors
Year of Release:1971Appears in:758 charts
Rank in 1971:9Rank Score:15,361
Rank in 1970s43Overall Rank:177
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,083 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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44.

HorsesUnited States Patti Smith
Year of Release:1975Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1975:6Rank Score:15,353
Rank in 1970s44Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  82/100 (926 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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45.

Darkness On The Edge Of TownUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:657 charts
Rank in 1978:1Rank Score:15,285
Rank in 1970s45Overall Rank:180
Average Rating:  82/100 (883 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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46.

Another Green WorldUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1975Appears in:637 charts
Rank in 1975:7Rank Score:14,869
Rank in 1970s46Overall Rank:182
Average Rating:  84/100 (799 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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47.

Bitches BrewUnited States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1970Appears in:688 charts
Rank in 1970:8Rank Score:14,668
Rank in 1970s47Overall Rank:186
Average Rating:  84/100 (881 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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48.

The ClashUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1977Appears in:687 charts
Rank in 1977:6Rank Score:14,569
Rank in 1970s48Overall Rank:188
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,028 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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49.

Fun HouseUnited States The Stooges
Year of Release:1970Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1970:9Rank Score:14,336
Rank in 1970s49Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  84/100 (832 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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50.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:591 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,577
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  83/100 (698 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 377 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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