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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 24,000 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.
1970984332,931 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,009443,017 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,058332,649 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,051374,232 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974965143,890 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (219th)
by Genesis
19751,036323,403 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
1976955163,291 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977946314,723 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978953161,214 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979972303,586 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total9,9292,892,938

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac.
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 108 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 84 8%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 392 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 32 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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