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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 23,000 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.
1970945328,196 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971957435,137 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972999327,165 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,023368,284 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974942140,211 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (223rd)
by Genesis
19751,005317,196 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976930159,599 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977923311,766 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978936158,721 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979949301,383 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,6092,847,659

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

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,530 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:139,444
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,020 votes)
Comments: 345 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,917 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:86,745
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,376 votes)
Comments: 181 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,786 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:80,065
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,892 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,699 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:79,162
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,205 votes)
Comments: 173 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:1,670 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:69,823
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,848 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,292 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:53,891
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,962 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,338 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:49,801
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,558 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,145 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:46,084
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,416 votes)
Comments: 128 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,054 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:40,230
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,230 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,133 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:40,035
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,315 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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