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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.
1970557255,796 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971589339,352 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972641244,226 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973659288,909 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974613102,532 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (232nd)
by Genesis
1975616246,969 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976598122,798 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977609240,152 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978611121,325 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979626237,141 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,1192,199,200

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:1,944 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:111,792
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (2,142 votes)
Comments: 241 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,501 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:70,596
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,688 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,412 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:65,699
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,391 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,252 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:60,670
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,510 votes)
Comments: 112 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:1,181 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:50,854
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,245 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:994 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:42,750
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,361 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,055 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:41,891
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,134 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:903 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:38,181
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,025 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:791 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:32,581
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (900 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:826 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:29,878
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 84/100 (924 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 91 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 394 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Italy 17 2%
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