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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.
1970664285,216 After The Gold Rush (76th)
by Neil Young
1971694382,473 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972753278,980 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (19th)
by David Bowie
1973782322,595 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974734118,624 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (233rd)
by Genesis
1975749276,197 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976711137,318 Ramones (138th)
by Ramones
1977733266,581 Rumours (36th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978735137,967 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (172nd)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979738264,855 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total7,2932,470,807

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:2,170 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:124,363
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,482 votes)
Comments: 297 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,655 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:77,845
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,957 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,565 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:71,914
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,594 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,442 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:69,311
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,786 votes)
Comments: 136 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:1,338 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:57,080
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,449 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,127 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:48,460
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,599 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,177 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:45,453
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:24
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,298 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,009 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:42,580
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,181 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:895 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:35,798
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,024 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:935 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:33,050
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:36
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,071 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 103 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 79 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 113 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 385 39%
United States 384 38%
Canada 35 4%
Germany 34 3%
Jamaica 26 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Italy 18 2%
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