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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 28,000 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.
19701,141363,848 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,155485,990 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,230366,432 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,211413,230 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,123162,491 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (213th)
by Genesis
19751,217353,446 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,140182,595 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,105350,278 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,113176,750 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,118332,594 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,5533,187,655

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

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,876 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:154,652
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,503 votes)
Comments: 397 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,123 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:94,403
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,710 votes)
Comments: 209 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,956 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:89,059
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,559 votes)
Comments: 200 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,961 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:85,624
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,143 votes)
Comments: 189 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:1,930 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:79,644
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,198 votes)
Comments: 199 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,506 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:61,398
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,283 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,494 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:53,399
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,769 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,287 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:49,910
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,603 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,321 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:45,754
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,543 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,199 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,812
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,406 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 113 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 97 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 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 383 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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