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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 18,000 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.
1970622276,672 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971664369,864 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972712267,775 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973736312,693 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974689114,457 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (230th)
by Genesis
1975697266,470 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976677134,027 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977680257,970 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978677132,323 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979701255,205 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash

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 107 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %

David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
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Country Albums %

United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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