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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.
19701,453421,177 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,473580,570 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,514436,807 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,489487,145 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,383201,095 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,508413,273 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,451219,960 Songs In The Key Of Life (133rd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,475424,664 Rumours (30th)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,485215,475 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,481392,429 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,7123,792,594

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
501.

ManassasUnited States Stephen Stills & Manassas
Year of Release:1972Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1972:49Rank Score:810
Rank in 1970s501Overall Rank:2,551
Average Rating:  78/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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502.

AmericaMixed Nationality America
Year of Release:1971Appears in:83 charts
Rank in 1971:57Rank Score:809
Rank in 1970s502Overall Rank:2,554
Average Rating:  76/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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503.

This HeatUnited Kingdom This Heat
Year of Release:1979Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1979:48Rank Score:802
Rank in 1970s503Overall Rank:2,569
Average Rating:  75/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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504.

Bridge Of SighsUnited Kingdom Robin Trower
Year of Release:1974Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1974:46Rank Score:794
Rank in 1970s504Overall Rank:2,586
Average Rating:  79/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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505.

It's AliveUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1979Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1979:49Rank Score:794
Rank in 1970s505Overall Rank:2,587
Average Rating:  77/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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506.

The Rocky Horror Picture ShowMixed Nationality Various Artists
Year of Release:1975Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1975:49Rank Score:791
Rank in 1970s506Overall Rank:2,593
Average Rating:  76/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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507.

Blank GenerationUnited States Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Year of Release:1977Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1977:46Rank Score:790
Rank in 1970s507Overall Rank:2,596
Average Rating:  77/100 (111 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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508.

Pieces Of The SkyUnited States Emmylou Harris
Year of Release:1975Appears in:85 charts
Rank in 1975:50Rank Score:789
Rank in 1970s508Overall Rank:2,602
Average Rating:  79/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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509.

La Leyenda Del TiempoSpain Camarón
Year of Release:1979Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1979:50Rank Score:787
Rank in 1970s509Overall Rank:2,608
Average Rating:  78/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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510.

Duck Stab / Buster & GlenUnited States The Residents
Year of Release:1978Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1978:53Rank Score:784
Rank in 1970s510Overall Rank:2,614
Average Rating:  78/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 368 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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