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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.
19701,462423,316 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,479583,496 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,525439,636 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,504489,406 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,388201,875 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,517414,751 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,457221,391 Songs In The Key Of Life (133rd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,495425,731 Rumours (30th)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,503217,562 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (177th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,493393,225 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,8233,810,389

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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RankAlbumArtist
71.

ImagineUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1971Appears in:638 charts
Rank in 1971:13Rank Score:10,425
Rank in 1970s71Overall Rank:272
Average Rating:  82/100 (945 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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72.

Déjà VuMixed Nationality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:569 charts
Rank in 1970:15Rank Score:10,276
Rank in 1970s72Overall Rank:275
Average Rating:  83/100 (692 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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73.

Trans-Europa ExpressGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1977Appears in:546 charts
Rank in 1977:10Rank Score:10,209
Rank in 1970s73Overall Rank:280
Average Rating:  83/100 (712 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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74.

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1978Appears in:553 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:10,165
Rank in 1970s74Overall Rank:282
Average Rating:  81/100 (704 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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75.

Band On The RunUnited Kingdom Paul McCartney & Wings
Year of Release:1973Appears in:566 charts
Rank in 1973:8Rank Score:10,065
Rank in 1970s75Overall Rank:286
Average Rating:  81/100 (776 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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76.

Fear Of MusicUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1979Appears in:628 charts
Rank in 1979:4Rank Score:10,038
Rank in 1970s76Overall Rank:287
Average Rating:  83/100 (836 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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77.

The StrangerUnited States Billy Joel
Year of Release:1977Appears in:513 charts
Rank in 1977:11Rank Score:9,936
Rank in 1970s77Overall Rank:289
Average Rating:  81/100 (651 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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78.

Pink FlagUnited Kingdom Wire
Year of Release:1977Appears in:520 charts
Rank in 1977:12Rank Score:9,823
Rank in 1970s78Overall Rank:294
Average Rating:  82/100 (612 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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79.

FoxtrotUnited Kingdom Genesis
Year of Release:1972Appears in:445 charts
Rank in 1972:9Rank Score:9,681
Rank in 1970s79Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  82/100 (619 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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80.

Entertainment!United Kingdom Gang Of Four
Year of Release:1979Appears in:507 charts
Rank in 1979:5Rank Score:9,647
Rank in 1970s80Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  81/100 (586 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 83 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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