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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 18,000 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.
1970638277,561 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971669372,875 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972719269,877 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973744314,932 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974700115,806 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (229th)
by Genesis
1975711269,460 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976685135,233 Ramones (137th)
by Ramones
1977693260,646 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978693134,424 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979715258,365 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,9672,409,179

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 108 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 92 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Santana 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 16 2%
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