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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 17,000 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.
1970596269,491 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971637357,280 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972678257,970 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973697302,070 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974652110,432 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (226th)
by Genesis
1975658257,299 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976647128,942 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977648251,161 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978653127,639 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979666246,752 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 100 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 115 12%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %

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

United States 396 40%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 29 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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