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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.
1970580264,429 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971617352,715 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972662254,108 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973684297,858 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974634107,763 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975643254,248 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976628127,605 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977631248,113 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978632125,431 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979643243,819 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,3542,276,089

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:1,996 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:114,518
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,229 votes)
Comments: 253 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,541 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:72,918
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,761 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,453 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:67,489
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,450 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,291 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:62,292
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,581 votes)
Comments: 117 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:1,215 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:52,287
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,298 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,025 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:43,773
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,424 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,090 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:43,367
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,187 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:930 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:39,463
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,067 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:820 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:33,344
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (928 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:861 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:31,099
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  84/100 (963 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 83 8%
1977 92 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 400 40%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 28 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Italy 17 2%
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