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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 35,000 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.
19701,348406,478 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,371560,653 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407421,683 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,394473,219 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,289192,399 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (201st)
by Genesis
19751,396402,596 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,336211,149 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,348410,448 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,334207,132 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,341380,514 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5643,666,271

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
911.

In The Heat Of The NightUnited States Pat Benatar
Year of Release:1979Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1979:83Rank Score:315
Rank in 1970s911Overall Rank:5,182
Average Rating:  74/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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912.

Bongo FuryUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1975Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1975:91Rank Score:315
Rank in 1970s912Overall Rank:5,183
Average Rating:  77/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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913.

Ruth Is Stranger Than RichardUnited Kingdom Robert Wyatt
Year of Release:1975Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1975:92Rank Score:315
Rank in 1970s913Overall Rank:5,186
Average Rating:  71/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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914.

Small Talk At 125th And LenoxUnited States Gil Scott-Heron
Year of Release:1970Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1970:98Rank Score:315
Rank in 1970s914Overall Rank:5,188
Average Rating:  80/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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915.

On Your Feet Or On Your KneesUnited States Blue Öyster Cult
Year of Release:1975Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1975:93Rank Score:314
Rank in 1970s915Overall Rank:5,191
Average Rating:  72/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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916.

Io Sono Nato LiberoItaly Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso
Year of Release:1973Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1973:102Rank Score:314
Rank in 1970s916Overall Rank:5,197
Average Rating:  76/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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917.

Persian Surgery DervishesUnited States Terry Riley
Year of Release:1972Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1972:92Rank Score:313
Rank in 1970s917Overall Rank:5,207
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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918.

The Cry Of LoveUnited States Jimi Hendrix
Year of Release:1971Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1971:93Rank Score:313
Rank in 1970s918Overall Rank:5,209
Average Rating:  79/100 (97 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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919.

Ralf Und FlorianGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1973Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1973:103Rank Score:313
Rank in 1970s919Overall Rank:5,217
Average Rating:  76/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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920.

Endless Summer
Compilation
United States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1974Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1974:89Rank Score:313
Rank in 1970s920Overall Rank:5,218
Average Rating:  79/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 108 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Kiss 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 383 38%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 16 2%
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