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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.
1970582265,272 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971618353,302 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972665254,651 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973686298,288 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974635107,987 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (232nd)
by Genesis
1975642254,595 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976631127,641 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977634248,369 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978634125,572 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979646243,984 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,3732,279,660

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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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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