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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 26,000 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.
19701,094354,100 Paranoid (78th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,117473,738 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,168354,607 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,154399,375 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,069156,318 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (216th)
by Genesis
19751,132344,216 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,050175,090 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,041338,861 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,054172,247 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,065323,487 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,9443,092,039

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, 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:2,774 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:149,855
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,357 votes)
Comments: 380 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,061 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:91,885
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,598 votes)
Comments: 202 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,887 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:86,300
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,459 votes)
Comments: 193 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,905 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:84,155
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,063 votes)
Comments: 182 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:1,861 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:76,993
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,095 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,430 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:58,485
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,187 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,449 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:52,247
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,707 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,235 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:48,353
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,539 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,252 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:43,615
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,474 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,154 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,163
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,353 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 106 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Santana 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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