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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.
19701,410414,219 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,415572,880 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,466432,019 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,457481,687 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,351197,963 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (204th)
by Genesis
19751,457410,342 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,409215,586 Songs In The Key Of Life (135th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,427417,943 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,422212,286 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,430387,751 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,2443,742,676

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
51.

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1974Appears in:588 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,438
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  83/100 (698 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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52.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:697 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,329
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  80/100 (858 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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53.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:794 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:13,319
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:207
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,641 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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54.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:631 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:13,146
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:210
Average Rating:  76/100 (982 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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55.

LoadedUnited States The Velvet Underground
Year of Release:1970Appears in:655 charts
Rank in 1970:12Rank Score:13,067
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:212
Average Rating:  83/100 (967 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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56.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:561 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,319
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:224
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (716 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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57.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:537 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,256
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:226
Average Rating:  82/100 (674 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:590 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,178
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:230
Average Rating:  84/100 (726 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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59.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:614 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:12,036
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:235
Average Rating:  83/100 (801 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:567 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:12,001
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:236
Average Rating:  82/100 (767 votes)
Comments: 40 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 100 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 99 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Kiss 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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