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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 16,000 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.
1970562261,135 After The Gold Rush (75th)
by Neil Young
1971595348,604 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972645251,794 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973667295,514 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974625106,261 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975628252,507 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976605126,250 Ramones (132nd)
by Ramones
1977617245,501 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978619124,756 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979633242,197 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,1962,254,519

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:1,981 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:113,642
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (2,195 votes)
Comments: 250 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,525 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:71,950
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,729 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,439 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:66,920
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,427 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,277 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:61,791
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,549 votes)
Comments: 116 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:1,200 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:51,588
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,275 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,007 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:43,213
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,397 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,075 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:42,648
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,165 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:920 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:39,322
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,051 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:804 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:32,984
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (916 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:850 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:30,675
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: 84/100 (949 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 106 11%
1973 108 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 90 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 400 40%
United Kingdom 381 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 28 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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