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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 22,000 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.
1970925320,333 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971912425,914 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972970317,710 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
1973994360,581 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974924136,516 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (226th)
by Genesis
1975969310,500 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976905157,038 Songs In The Key Of Life (140th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977900302,639 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978912155,075 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979923295,925 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,3342,782,231

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,472 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:136,959
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,920 votes)
Comments: 332 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,861 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:84,738
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,298 votes)
Comments: 178 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,753 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:79,107
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,829 votes)
Comments: 167 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,649 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:77,138
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,125 votes)
Comments: 164 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:1,602 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:67,350
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,779 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,247 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:52,550
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,888 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,309 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:49,110
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,507 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,125 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:45,517
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,367 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,016 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:39,320
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,188 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,096 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:38,422
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,261 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 102 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 388 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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