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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.
1970551254,458 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971584336,145 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972629241,579 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973648286,951 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974606102,114 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975605244,771 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976588122,276 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977600238,261 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978605120,994 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979622235,829 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,0382,183,376

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 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 91 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 31 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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