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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 16,000 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.
1970557256,246 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971589340,152 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972641244,561 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973660289,533 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974617102,887 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (229th)
by Genesis
1975617247,603 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976600123,313 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977609240,848 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978612121,803 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979627237,389 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,1292,204,337

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 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 90 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Italy 17 2%
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