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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 25,000 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.
19701,039343,697 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,061460,681 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,123345,766 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,111390,335 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,018150,265 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (221st)
by Genesis
19751,099335,604 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,017170,384 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,003328,742 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,006167,772 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,022314,114 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,4993,007,361

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 106 11%
1971 108 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Frank Zappa 10 1%
David Bowie 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 15 2%
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