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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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61.

Cosmo's FactoryUnited States Creedence Clearwater Revival
Year of Release:1970Appears in:639 charts
Rank in 1970:13Rank Score:11,614
Rank in 1970s61Overall Rank:245
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (743 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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62.

FragileUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1971Appears in:590 charts
Rank in 1971:10Rank Score:11,153
Rank in 1970s62Overall Rank:253
Average Rating:  84/100 (822 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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63.

Thick As A BrickUnited Kingdom Jethro Tull
Year of Release:1972Appears in:465 charts
Rank in 1972:8Rank Score:10,925
Rank in 1970s63Overall Rank:258
Average Rating:  83/100 (646 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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64.

American BeautyUnited States Grateful Dead
Year of Release:1970Appears in:460 charts
Rank in 1970:14Rank Score:10,911
Rank in 1970s64Overall Rank:260
Average Rating:  80/100 (657 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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65.

"Heroes"United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1977Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1977:8Rank Score:10,755
Rank in 1970s65Overall Rank:264
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,158 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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66.

BostonUnited States Boston
Year of Release:1976Appears in:536 charts
Rank in 1976:5Rank Score:10,719
Rank in 1970s66Overall Rank:266
Average Rating:  77/100 (747 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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67.

Bryter LayterUnited Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1971Appears in:555 charts
Rank in 1971:11Rank Score:10,496
Rank in 1970s67Overall Rank:268
Average Rating:  84/100 (692 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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68.

ExodusJamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1977Appears in:544 charts
Rank in 1977:9Rank Score:10,480
Rank in 1970s68Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  82/100 (664 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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69.

TapestryUnited States Carole King
Year of Release:1971Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1971:12Rank Score:10,347
Rank in 1970s69Overall Rank:271
Average Rating:  81/100 (711 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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70.

ImagineUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1971Appears in:633 charts
Rank in 1971:13Rank Score:10,346
Rank in 1970s70Overall Rank:272
Average Rating:  81/100 (940 votes)
Comments: 50 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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