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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 17,000 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.
1970582265,248 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971618353,276 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972665254,512 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973686298,335 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974635108,003 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (232nd)
by Genesis
1975642254,227 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976631127,570 Ramones (130th)
by Ramones
1977635248,275 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978635125,610 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979647244,157 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total6,3762,279,214

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:2,001 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:114,565
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,235 votes)
Comments: 254 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,543 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:72,916
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,765 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,457 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:67,676
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,453 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,296 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:62,491
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,587 votes)
Comments: 117 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:1,219 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:52,401
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,301 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,025 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:43,723
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,428 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,093 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:43,527
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,189 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:931 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:39,462
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,068 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:824 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:33,446
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (930 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:862 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:31,037
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  84/100 (966 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 114 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 92 9%
1978 114 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 399 40%
United Kingdom 384 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 28 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Italy 17 2%
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