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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.
19701,440419,188 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,455578,500 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,508436,092 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,480486,363 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,375200,347 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,494412,266 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,442219,493 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,463422,995 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,467215,236 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,472391,559 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,5963,782,038

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
91.

My Aim Is TrueUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Year of Release:1977Appears in:479 charts
Rank in 1977:13Rank Score:8,236
Rank in 1970s91Overall Rank:343
Average Rating:  81/100 (567 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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92.

Highway To HellAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1979Appears in:461 charts
Rank in 1979:7Rank Score:8,156
Rank in 1970s92Overall Rank:348
Average Rating:  78/100 (799 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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93.

The CarsUnited States The Cars
Year of Release:1978Appears in:494 charts
Rank in 1978:5Rank Score:8,013
Rank in 1970s93Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  81/100 (586 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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94.

Ege BamyasiGermany Can
Year of Release:1972Appears in:439 charts
Rank in 1972:10Rank Score:7,996
Rank in 1970s94Overall Rank:353
Average Rating:  84/100 (532 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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95.

Rust Never SleepsCanada Neil Young And Crazy Horse
Year of Release:1979Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 1979:8Rank Score:7,588
Rank in 1970s95Overall Rank:367
Average Rating:  84/100 (681 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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96.

DesireUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1976Appears in:469 charts
Rank in 1976:7Rank Score:7,567
Rank in 1970s96Overall Rank:368
Average Rating:  81/100 (753 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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97.

There's A Riot Goin' OnUnited States Sly & The Family Stone
Year of Release:1971Appears in:451 charts
Rank in 1971:18Rank Score:7,467
Rank in 1970s97Overall Rank:370
Average Rating:  82/100 (512 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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98.

RamMixed Nationality Paul & Linda McCartney
Year of Release:1971Appears in:369 charts
Rank in 1971:19Rank Score:7,407
Rank in 1970s98Overall Rank:373
Average Rating:  81/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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99.

Rock BottomUnited Kingdom Robert Wyatt
Year of Release:1974Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1974:5Rank Score:7,221
Rank in 1970s99Overall Rank:383
Average Rating:  79/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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100.

Tea For The TillermanUnited Kingdom Cat Stevens
Year of Release:1970Appears in:402 charts
Rank in 1970:17Rank Score:6,657
Rank in 1970s100Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  81/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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