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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 20,000 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.
1970711291,027 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971732390,319 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972802284,296 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973835330,225 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974789121,839 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (237th)
by Genesis
1975810281,975 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976770140,318 Songs In The Key Of Life (139th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977784274,366 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978795140,850 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979789270,183 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,8172,525,399

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 Fleetwood Mac.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,217 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:126,740
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,565 votes)
Comments: 302 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,682 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:79,479
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,027 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,601 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:73,842
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,643 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,460 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:69,593
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,846 votes)
Comments: 143 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:1,365 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:58,150
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,494 votes)
Comments: 146 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,146 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:49,555
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,654 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,200 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:46,193
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,339 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,039 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:43,669
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,213 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:918 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:36,638
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,054 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:971 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:34,293
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,106 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 383 38%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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