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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 30,000 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.
19701,208374,673 Paranoid (77th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,218515,871 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,280387,015 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,276435,202 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,168173,009 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (211th)
by Genesis
19751,267369,822 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,201193,941 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,189370,111 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,193188,719 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,185347,898 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total12,1853,356,264

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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921.

Hot August NightUnited States Neil Diamond
Year of Release:1972Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1972:95Rank Score:285
Rank in 1970s921Overall Rank:5,162
Average Rating:  73/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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922.

Interstellar SpaceUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1974Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1974:90Rank Score:285
Rank in 1970s922Overall Rank:5,165
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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923.

Self PortraitUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1970Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1970:99Rank Score:285
Rank in 1970s923Overall Rank:5,170
Average Rating:  58/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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924.

Slade Alive!United Kingdom Slade
Year of Release:1972Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1972:96Rank Score:284
Rank in 1970s924Overall Rank:5,172
Average Rating:  71/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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925.

Metal Machine MusicUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1975Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1975:91Rank Score:282
Rank in 1970s925Overall Rank:5,196
Average Rating:  44/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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926.

PrinceUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1979Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1979:82Rank Score:280
Rank in 1970s926Overall Rank:5,220
Average Rating:  71/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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927.

Rock 'n' RollUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1975Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1975:92Rank Score:280
Rank in 1970s927Overall Rank:5,223
Average Rating:  69/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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928.

Spanish Train And Other StoriesUnited Kingdom Chris De Burgh
Year of Release:1975Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1975:93Rank Score:279
Rank in 1970s928Overall Rank:5,228
Average Rating:  69/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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929.

Acquiring The TasteUnited Kingdom Gentle Giant
Year of Release:1971Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1971:99Rank Score:279
Rank in 1970s929Overall Rank:5,236
Average Rating:  78/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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930.

No More HeroesUnited Kingdom The Stranglers
Year of Release:1977Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1977:89Rank Score:279
Rank in 1970s930Overall Rank:5,237
Average Rating:  77/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 104 10%
1973 107 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 388 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 17 2%
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