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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.
1970646281,172 After The Gold Rush (75th)
by Neil Young
1971674377,290 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972722273,542 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973755318,286 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974706117,169 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (230th)
by Genesis
1975719271,848 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976690136,139 Songs in the Key of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977706263,447 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978707135,411 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979720260,532 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,0452,434,836

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:2,148 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:122,397
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,431 votes)
Comments: 289 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,643 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:77,123
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,915 votes)
Comments: 146 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,549 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:71,130
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,567 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,418 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:68,111
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,745 votes)
Comments: 130 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:1,320 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:56,197
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,420 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,115 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:47,381
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,569 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,180 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,398
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,273 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,003 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:41,874
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,159 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:882 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:35,137
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,002 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:929 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:32,674
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,046 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 80 8%
1977 93 9%
1978 113 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Gentle Giant 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Italy 16 2%
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