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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 19,000 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.
1970686288,751 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971717386,810 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972781282,252 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973817326,594 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974769120,556 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (236th)
by Genesis
1975789278,763 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976742139,076 Ramones (138th)
by Ramones
1977757270,672 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978766139,267 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979773267,155 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,5972,499,895

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:2,192 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:125,518
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,524 votes)
Comments: 301 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,667 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:78,869
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,991 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,581 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:72,850
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,617 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,448 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:69,309
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,819 votes)
Comments: 141 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:1,354 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:57,817
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,472 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,134 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:49,001
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,625 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,193 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,911
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:25
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,319 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,021 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:43,006
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,193 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:904 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:36,131
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,038 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:956 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:33,838
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,085 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 387 39%
United Kingdom 378 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 34 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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