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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 22,000 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.
1970897312,286 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971885415,276 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972947308,526 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
1973958351,598 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974895133,346 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (222nd)
by Genesis
1975939301,239 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976881152,812 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977880293,996 Rumours (35th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978893152,049 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (169th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979890289,653 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,0652,710,780

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, 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:2,378 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:133,744
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,810 votes)
Comments: 329 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,796 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:83,006
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,218 votes)
Comments: 167 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,711 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:77,489
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,770 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,574 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:74,121
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,030 votes)
Comments: 154 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:1,515 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:64,242
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,686 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,220 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:51,797
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,807 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,283 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:48,503
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,460 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,098 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:45,118
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,314 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:978 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:38,282
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,136 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,047 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:37,044
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:35
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,215 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 102 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Queen 8 1%
Santana 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 380 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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