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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 26,000 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.
19701,085352,738 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,108472,169 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,161353,397 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,149398,345 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,060155,334 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (218th)
by Genesis
19751,125343,195 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,044174,631 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,036337,974 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,048171,613 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,060322,973 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,8763,082,369

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,767 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:149,848
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,350 votes)
Comments: 379 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,054 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:91,733
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,593 votes)
Comments: 202 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,882 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:86,301
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,455 votes)
Comments: 193 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,901 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:83,989
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,062 votes)
Comments: 182 comments
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5.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,854 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:76,808
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,091 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,424 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:58,380
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,181 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,442 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:52,212
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,703 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,235 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:48,440
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,540 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,250 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:43,636
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,153 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,195
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,352 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 106 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Queen 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 387 39%
United Kingdom 387 39%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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