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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.
19701,180375,105 Paranoid (78th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,188499,722 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,261379,976 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,247426,343 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,152169,512 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (212th)
by Genesis
19751,244362,281 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,177189,460 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,168362,086 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,167183,843 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (178th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,154341,995 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,9383,290,323

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:2,949 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:157,969
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,634 votes)
Comments: 415 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,182 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:96,293
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,793 votes)
Comments: 214 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,017 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:90,637
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,664 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,020 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:87,485
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,210 votes)
Comments: 193 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:2,020 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:82,774
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,285 votes)
Comments: 201 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,555 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:62,445
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,377 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,538 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:54,130
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,815 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,322 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:50,606
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,656 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,382 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:47,600
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,606 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,237 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:44,973
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,461 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 105 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 106 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 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%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Queen 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 385 39%
United Kingdom 375 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 17 2%
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