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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.
19701,452421,270 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,472580,403 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,514436,661 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,489487,259 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,382201,022 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,504412,950 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,451219,902 Songs In The Key Of Life (133rd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,474424,641 Rumours (30th)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,485215,399 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,481392,477 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,7043,791,983

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:598 charts
Rank in 1970:10Rank Score:13,583
Rank in 1970s51Overall Rank:205
Average Rating:  81/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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52.

Let It BeUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1970Appears in:818 charts
Rank in 1970:11Rank Score:13,461
Rank in 1970s52Overall Rank:209
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,691 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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53.

Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1973Appears in:712 charts
Rank in 1973:6Rank Score:13,256
Rank in 1970s53Overall Rank:212
Average Rating:  81/100 (884 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:13,154
Rank in 1970s54Overall Rank:213
Average Rating:  83/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 51 comments
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55.

Hotel CaliforniaUnited States Eagles
Year of Release:1976Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1976:4Rank Score:13,000
Rank in 1970s55Overall Rank:218
Average Rating:  76/100 (998 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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56.

RedUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1974Appears in:591 charts
Rank in 1974:2Rank Score:12,938
Rank in 1970s56Overall Rank:219
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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57.

AjaUnited States Steely Dan
Year of Release:1977Appears in:556 charts
Rank in 1977:7Rank Score:12,519
Rank in 1970s57Overall Rank:225
Average Rating:  82/100 (701 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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58.

On The BeachCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1974Appears in:606 charts
Rank in 1974:3Rank Score:12,390
Rank in 1970s58Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  84/100 (743 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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59.

Raw PowerUnited States Iggy And The Stooges
Year of Release:1973Appears in:627 charts
Rank in 1973:7Rank Score:12,096
Rank in 1970s59Overall Rank:235
Average Rating:  83/100 (823 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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60.

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
Year of Release:1972Appears in:580 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:12,034
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:238
Average Rating:  82/100 (781 votes)
Comments: 42 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%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 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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