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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.
19701,440419,188 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,455578,500 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,508436,092 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,480486,363 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,375200,347 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,494412,266 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,442219,493 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,463422,995 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,467215,236 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,472391,559 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,5963,782,038

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:593 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,536
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  81/100 (768 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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52.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:812 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:13,470
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:207
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,683 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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53.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:704 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,242
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:211
Average Rating:  81/100 (877 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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54.

LoadedUnited States The Velvet Underground
Year of Release:1970Appears in:658 charts
Rank in 1970:12Rank Score:13,230
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:212
Average Rating:  83/100 (986 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:12,995
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:217
Average Rating:  76/100 (996 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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56.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:581 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,624
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:223
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (733 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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57.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:558 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,537
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:225
Average Rating:  82/100 (697 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:605 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,328
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:230
Average Rating:  84/100 (741 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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59.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:619 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:12,100
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:235
Average Rating:  83/100 (816 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:11,947
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:238
Average Rating:  82/100 (776 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 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 393 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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