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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 17,000 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.
1970596269,275 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971636356,917 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972675257,606 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973696301,837 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974651110,333 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (226th)
by Genesis
1975658257,011 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976646128,859 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977647251,122 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978653127,446 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979666246,734 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,5242,307,140

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:2,017 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:115,573
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,263 votes)
Comments: 258 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,559 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:73,378
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,786 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,472 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:68,175
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,467 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,311 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:63,088
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,609 votes)
Comments: 119 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:1,230 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:52,871
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,315 votes)
Comments: 128 comments
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6.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,114 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:44,188
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,203 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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7.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,036 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:44,059
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,452 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:944 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:39,962
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,079 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:836 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:34,035
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (948 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:873 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:31,423
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (978 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 397 40%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 29 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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