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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 19,000 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.
1970663285,334 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971694382,612 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972752278,718 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973779322,395 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974733118,550 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975749276,009 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976710137,193 Songs in the Key of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977731266,634 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978734138,088 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979736264,911 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,2812,470,445

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 106 11%
1971 107 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 78 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 90 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 385 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 17 2%
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