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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.
1970551254,579 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971585336,212 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972631241,563 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973651287,127 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974607102,084 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (231st)
by Genesis
1975605245,211 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976589122,357 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977602238,071 Rumours (37th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978605121,017 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979622235,717 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,0482,183,938

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:1,939 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:111,316
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (2,133 votes)
Comments: 239 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,487 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:70,345
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,677 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,401 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:65,391
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,382 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,240 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:60,064
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,503 votes)
Comments: 111 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:1,171 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:50,203
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,236 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:988 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:42,399
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,355 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,047 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:41,825
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,128 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:899 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:38,071
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,019 votes)
Comments: 96 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:32,230
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (891 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:820 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:29,435
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 84/100 (921 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 108 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 91 9%
1978 116 12%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 395 40%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 34 3%
Germany 30 3%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Italy 17 2%
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