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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 14,000 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.
1970516236,433 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971540315,322 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972588224,974 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973598268,973 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197454393,376 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (238th)
by Genesis
1975554229,578 Wish You Were Here (15th)
by Pink Floyd
1976538114,820 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977531221,003 Rumours (38th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978539113,277 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979543221,828 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,4902,039,582

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:1,821 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:105,901
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (1,964 votes)
Comments: 220 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,382 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:66,819
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,554 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,310 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:62,052
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,278 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,144 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:55,618
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,370 votes)
Comments: 99 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:1,078 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:46,845
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,130 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:904 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:40,163
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,236 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:975 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:39,871
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,044 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:834 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:36,350
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: 86/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:731 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:30,308
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (822 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:751 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:27,201
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 84/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 115 12%
1974 95 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 89 9%
1978 115 12%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 390 39%
United States 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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