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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 24,000 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.
19701,004335,997 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,026447,427 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,085336,195 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,079378,545 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974976145,578 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (221st)
by Genesis
19751,057326,533 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976981164,643 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977964318,133 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978979162,899 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (168th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979992306,059 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,1432,922,011

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,601 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:142,976
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,149 votes)
Comments: 358 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,947 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:87,948
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,455 votes)
Comments: 186 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,751 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:81,706
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,312 votes)
Comments: 180 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,816 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:81,227
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,950 votes)
Comments: 177 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:1,721 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:72,306
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,951 votes)
Comments: 182 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,319 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:55,256
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,054 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,364 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:50,615
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,616 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,164 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:46,480
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,461 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,078 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:41,140
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,273 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,158 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:41,005
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,375 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 85 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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