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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.
1970725294,942 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971744393,987 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972816287,590 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973843333,516 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974797124,485 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975825283,939 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976779142,716 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977803277,097 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978802142,824 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979801274,240 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,9352,555,336

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:2,254 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:128,428
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,613 votes)
Comments: 308 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,703 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:79,850
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,055 votes)
Comments: 157 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,623 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:74,439
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,668 votes)
Comments: 150 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,484 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:70,447
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,880 votes)
Comments: 145 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:1,383 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:58,590
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,522 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,159 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:50,140
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,685 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,212 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:46,418
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,366 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,040 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:43,545
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,231 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:925 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:36,714
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,062 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:979 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:34,627
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,121 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 374 37%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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