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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 19,000 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.
1970688288,611 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971719386,833 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972785282,078 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973819326,513 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974771120,516 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (235th)
by Genesis
1975796278,725 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976744138,993 Ramones (137th)
by Ramones
1977758270,778 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978768139,482 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (173rd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979774267,548 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,6222,500,077

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:2,196 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:125,655
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,525 votes)
Comments: 301 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,670 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:78,988
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,992 votes)
Comments: 154 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,582 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:72,868
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,620 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,450 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:69,330
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,821 votes)
Comments: 141 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:1,358 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:57,948
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,474 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,136 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:49,127
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,628 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,194 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,983
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:25
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,319 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,025 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:43,105
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,194 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:907 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:36,207
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,039 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:959 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:33,900
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,086 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 104 10%
1973 109 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 386 39%
United Kingdom 380 38%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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