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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 18,000 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.
1970611273,761 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971652364,101 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972695263,560 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973717307,757 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974673113,195 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (227th)
by Genesis
1975689262,968 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976668131,435 Ramones (136th)
by Ramones
1977664254,351 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978666130,003 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979688250,747 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,7232,351,880

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,060 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:118,010
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,313 votes)
Comments: 270 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,582 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:74,575
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,819 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,490 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:68,945
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,493 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,347 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:64,685
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,652 votes)
Comments: 121 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:1,256 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:53,745
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,343 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,063 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:45,240
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,484 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,141 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,177
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,223 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:967 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:40,638
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,098 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:857 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:34,606
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (962 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:900 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:31,899
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (999 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 114 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 102 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 112 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Santana 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 387 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 31 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 16 2%
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