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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 18,000 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.
1970610273,544 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971649362,753 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972690262,400 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973714307,056 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974668112,548 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (226th)
by Genesis
1975679261,995 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976666130,865 Ramones (136th)
by Ramones
1977661253,988 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978665129,599 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979686249,819 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,6882,344,566

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,054 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:117,447
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,304 votes)
Comments: 268 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,576 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:74,268
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,814 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,488 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:68,847
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,491 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,340 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:64,280
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,647 votes)
Comments: 121 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:1,250 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:53,530
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,340 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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6.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,136 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,023
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,223 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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7.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,061 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:44,966
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,480 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:964 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:40,514
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,096 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:853 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:34,507
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (962 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:896 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:31,760
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (998 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 112 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 394 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 31 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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