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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 15,000 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.
1970538250,946 After The Gold Rush (73rd)
by Neil Young
1971565332,659 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972617237,847 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973627281,839 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197458499,960 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (226th)
by Genesis
1975592241,744 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976571120,167 Ramones (132nd)
by Ramones
1977583233,766 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978589119,317 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979601233,261 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,8672,151,506

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:1,908 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:109,552
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (2,086 votes)
Comments: 235 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,463 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:69,896
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,643 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,386 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:65,058
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,358 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,220 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:59,241
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 106 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:1,152 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:49,599
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,205 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:971 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:41,974
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,318 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,036 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:41,415
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:888 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:37,963
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: 86/100 (995 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:782 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:32,275
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (872 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:808 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:28,905
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 84/100 (901 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 113 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 87 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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