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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.
19701,443419,078 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,460578,373 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,509436,053 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,483485,577 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,375200,079 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,500411,836 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,447218,943 Songs In The Key Of Life (135th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,470422,972 Rumours (30th)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,469215,101 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (178th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,473391,276 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,6293,779,290

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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51.

Layla And Other Assorted Love SongsMixed Nationality Derek & The Dominos
Year of Release:1970Appears in:592 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,595
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:205
Average Rating:  81/100 (770 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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52.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:810 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:13,443
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:207
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,684 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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53.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:702 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,175
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:212
Average Rating:  81/100 (879 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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54.

LoadedUnited States The Velvet Underground
Year of Release:1970Appears in:654 charts
Rank in 1970:12Rank Score:13,169
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:213
Average Rating:  83/100 (989 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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55.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:642 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:12,974
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:216
Average Rating:  76/100 (996 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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56.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:581 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,634
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:223
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (734 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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57.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:555 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,554
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:224
Average Rating:  82/100 (698 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:601 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,297
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:230
Average Rating:  84/100 (741 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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59.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:618 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:12,105
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:232
Average Rating:  83/100 (818 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:576 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:12,007
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:237
Average Rating:  82/100 (775 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 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 369 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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