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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.
1970516235,825 After The Gold Rush (74th)
by Neil Young
1971537314,827 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972586224,724 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (20th)
by David Bowie
1973598268,176 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
197454393,077 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975554229,189 Wish You Were Here (14th)
by Pink Floyd
1976538114,540 Ramones (134th)
by Ramones
1977530220,292 Rumours (39th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978539113,263 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979543221,263 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total5,4842,035,178

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:1,813 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:105,116
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: 92/100 (1,959 votes)
Comments: 220 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,374 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:66,240
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: 89/100 (1,551 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,307 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:61,889
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,275 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,140 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:55,448
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: 90/100 (1,368 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:46,860
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,129 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:901 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:39,937
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,231 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:973 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:39,834
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,042 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:833 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:36,269
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 86/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:729 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:30,270
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: 87/100 (820 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:706 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:27,213
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: 87/100 (736 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 115 12%
1974 95 10%
1975 100 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 389 39%
United States 387 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 25 3%
Italy 19 2%
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