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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 25,000 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.
19701,039343,697 After The Gold Rush (78th)
by Neil Young
19711,061460,681 Led Zeppelin IV (10th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,123345,766 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,111390,335 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,018150,265 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (221st)
by Genesis
19751,099335,604 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,017170,384 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,003328,742 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,006167,772 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (171st)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,022314,114 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total10,4993,007,361

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, 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:2,684 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:146,943
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,236 votes)
Comments: 364 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,995 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:90,215
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,514 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,807 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:83,988
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,371 votes)
Comments: 183 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,849 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:82,671
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,000 votes)
Comments: 180 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:1,774 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:74,134
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,012 votes)
Comments: 184 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,376 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:57,125
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,107 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,413 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:51,816
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,653 votes)
Comments: 128 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,206 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:47,944
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,491 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,208 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:42,897
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,416 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,104 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:42,170
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,303 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 108 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 99 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


Frank Zappa 10 1%
David Bowie 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 383 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 15 2%
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