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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 23,000 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.
1970951329,918 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971970437,506 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,034328,771 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,030369,649 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974950141,363 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,013318,411 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976936160,121 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977930312,354 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978943159,436 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979954300,928 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash

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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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %

1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 86 9%
Artist Albums %

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

United States 390 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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