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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 23,000 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.
1970954330,340 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971972437,951 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,038329,152 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,033369,924 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974953141,915 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,016318,844 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976937160,101 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977934313,020 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978945159,725 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979956300,930 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,7382,861,901

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:2,546 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:140,191
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,058 votes)
Comments: 351 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,923 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:86,698
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,403 votes)
Comments: 181 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,791 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:80,171
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,907 votes)
Comments: 173 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,712 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:79,562
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,236 votes)
Comments: 174 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:1,682 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:70,678
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,870 votes)
Comments: 178 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,300 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:54,340
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,987 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,345 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:49,709
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,574 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,145 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:45,861
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,425 votes)
Comments: 129 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,056 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:40,334
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,238 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,134 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:40,079
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,327 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 108 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 86 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 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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