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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.
1970550254,330 After The Gold Rush (73rd)
by Neil Young
1971580335,802 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972627240,173 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973641285,831 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974599102,228 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (225th)
by Genesis
1975601243,364 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976587122,775 Ramones (131st)
by Ramones
1977595237,832 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978604121,378 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979613235,373 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,9972,179,087

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:1,928 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:110,661
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (2,118 votes)
Comments: 236 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,484 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:70,435
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,669 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,394 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:65,253
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,374 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,235 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:59,992
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,489 votes)
Comments: 107 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:1,163 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:49,862
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,226 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:982 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:42,221
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,346 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,042 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:41,693
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,118 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:895 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:37,995
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,011 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:782 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:32,364
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (886 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:816 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:29,298
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 84/100 (914 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 89 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 396 40%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Italy 17 2%
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