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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 29,000 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.
19701,191378,221 Paranoid (77th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,201502,436 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,274383,152 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,260429,900 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,161170,851 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (208th)
by Genesis
19751,257364,601 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,187190,980 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,172365,085 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,179186,428 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,173345,400 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total12,0553,317,054

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,978 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:159,106
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,665 votes)
Comments: 417 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,198 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:96,406
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,814 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,036 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:91,084
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,686 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,033 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:87,763
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,224 votes)
Comments: 194 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:2,037 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:83,491
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,303 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,578 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:62,904
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,397 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,550 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:54,338
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,831 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,329 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:50,740
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,669 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,397 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:48,135
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,623 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,243 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:44,958
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,476 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 105 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 388 39%
United Kingdom 380 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 17 2%
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