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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 23,000 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.
1970930323,705 After The Gold Rush (77th)
by Neil Young
1971929430,909 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
1972975321,405 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (18th)
by David Bowie
19731,003364,325 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
1974927137,885 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (225th)
by Genesis
1975984313,762 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
1976912158,621 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
1977908306,765 Rumours (34th)
by Fleetwood Mac
1978922155,939 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (170th)
by Bruce Springsteen
1979924298,747 London Calling (12th)
by The Clash
Total9,4142,812,064

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:2,504 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:138,324
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (2,984 votes)
Comments: 340 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,889 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:85,900
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,348 votes)
Comments: 180 comments
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3.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,764 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:79,480
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,868 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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4.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,672 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:78,389
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,181 votes)
Comments: 170 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:1,637 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:68,654
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,821 votes)
Comments: 174 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,267 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:53,271
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,934 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,320 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:49,588
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,534 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,130 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:45,817
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,395 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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9.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,038 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:39,947
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,215 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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10.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,114 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:39,060
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,290 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 109 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 103 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 15 2%
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