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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 18,000 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.
1970636277,549 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971668372,687 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972718269,696 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973744314,764 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974697115,765 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (227th)
by Genesis
1975709269,245 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976685135,039 Ramones (135th)
by Ramones
1977690260,456 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978690134,290 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979711257,978 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,9482,407,470

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:2,122 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:121,178
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,391 votes)
Comments: 285 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,623 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:76,282
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,880 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,527 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:70,411
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,541 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,396 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:67,042
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,712 votes)
Comments: 129 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:1,291 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:55,227
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,387 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,100 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:46,665
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,541 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,170 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,192
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,248 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:993 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:41,789
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,133 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:877 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:34,984
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (985 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:922 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:32,533
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,022 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 92 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 16 2%
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