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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 25,000 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.
19701,038343,605 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,060460,662 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,122345,627 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,110389,988 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,018150,063 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (220th)
by Genesis
19751,098335,449 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,017170,200 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,003328,587 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,005167,627 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,023314,191 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,4943,005,998

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

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,680 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:146,873
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,233 votes)
Comments: 364 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,994 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:90,136
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,514 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,804 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:83,876
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,370 votes)
Comments: 183 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,848 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:82,652
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,000 votes)
Comments: 180 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:1,773 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:74,067
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,008 votes)
Comments: 184 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,377 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:57,167
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,107 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,412 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:51,867
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,650 votes)
Comments: 128 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,205 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:47,866
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,491 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,207 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:42,892
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,416 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,105 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:42,191
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,303 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 109 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 15 2%
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