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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 15,000 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.
1970537251,307 After The Gold Rush (73rd)
by Neil Young
1971564331,612 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972612237,131 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973625280,494 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197458099,503 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (232nd)
by Genesis
1975583240,946 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976560120,043 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977565233,602 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978569119,093 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979582232,284 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,7772,146,014

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:1,899 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:109,136
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (2,081 votes)
Comments: 235 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,459 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:69,549
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,638 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,376 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:64,758
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,355 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,213 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:58,557
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,455 votes)
Comments: 106 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:1,144 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:49,114
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,200 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:967 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:41,763
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,316 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,034 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:41,284
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,101 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:887 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:38,041
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 86/100 (990 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:780 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:32,170
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (869 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:807 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:28,890
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 84/100 (896 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 87 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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