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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 20,000 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.
1970715291,899 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971733390,777 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972806284,728 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973837330,207 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974789122,327 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (237th)
by Genesis
1975812282,794 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976774140,508 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977784274,270 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978796141,041 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979791270,837 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,8372,529,388

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 Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,221 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:126,971
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,568 votes)
Comments: 302 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,689 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:79,504
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,027 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,606 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:73,981
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,646 votes)
Comments: 150 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,464 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:69,741
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,850 votes)
Comments: 143 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:1,369 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:58,258
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,494 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,148 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:49,713
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,658 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,201 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:46,172
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,342 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,037 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:43,617
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,215 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:923 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:36,839
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,054 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:971 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:34,255
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 385 39%
United Kingdom 380 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 17 2%
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