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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.
1970663285,183 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971693382,564 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972751278,724 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973778322,426 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974733118,537 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975748275,829 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976710137,266 Songs in the Key of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977728266,458 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978734138,045 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979736264,417 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,2742,469,448

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:2,167 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:124,105
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,474 votes)
Comments: 296 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,655 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:77,796
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,954 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,568 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:71,989
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,594 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,439 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:69,169
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,783 votes)
Comments: 136 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:1,334 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:56,808
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,444 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,125 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:48,338
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,596 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,182 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,574
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,298 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,010 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:42,564
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,179 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:899 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:35,816
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,025 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:939 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:33,055
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,071 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 107 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 78 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 386 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 17 2%
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