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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 18,000 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.
1970622276,568 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971663369,527 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972711267,683 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973736312,395 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974689114,425 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (230th)
by Genesis
1975697266,317 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976677133,872 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977680257,859 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978677132,295 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979701255,098 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,8532,386,040

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Queen.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,100 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:119,866
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,346 votes)
Comments: 278 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,607 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:75,414
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,850 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,510 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:69,860
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,511 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,379 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:66,106
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,682 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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5.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,280 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:54,640
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,366 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,088 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:46,027
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,512 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,163 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,599
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,234 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:981 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:41,153
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,115 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:870 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:34,842
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (968 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:908 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:32,381
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,009 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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