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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 14,000 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.
1970516236,433 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971540315,322 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972588224,974 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973598268,973 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197454393,376 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (238th)
by Genesis
1975554229,578 Wish You Were Here (15th)
by Pink Floyd
1976538114,820 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977531221,003 Rumours (38th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978539113,277 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979543221,828 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,4902,039,582

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 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 115 12%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 89 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 390 39%
United States 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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