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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 15,000 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.
1970539251,475 After The Gold Rush (73rd)
by Neil Young
1971565332,944 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972617237,987 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973627282,282 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974585100,375 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (225th)
by Genesis
1975593242,405 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976573120,337 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977584234,234 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978590119,813 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979602233,605 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,8752,155,457

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 103 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 87 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Santana 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 32 3%
Jamaica 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Italy 17 2%
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