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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.
1970946328,603 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971958435,535 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,000327,570 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,024368,539 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974944140,551 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (224th)
by Genesis
19751,006317,219 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976930159,785 Songs In The Key Of Life (135th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977924311,694 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978937158,685 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979949301,490 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,6182,849,670

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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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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