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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 33,000 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.
19701,301395,615 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,329543,315 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,368408,576 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,354456,643 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,257186,234 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (199th)
by Genesis
19751,343388,841 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,292204,310 Songs In The Key Of Life (135th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,292397,227 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,294201,123 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,300369,287 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,1303,551,170

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,205 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:168,624
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,020 votes)
Comments: 451 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,363 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:101,291
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,068 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,219 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:97,378
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (2,964 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,172 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:91,220
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,430 votes)
Comments: 207 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:2,212 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:89,515
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,562 votes)
Comments: 227 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,710 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:67,055
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,636 votes)
Comments: 197 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,640 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:56,502
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,974 votes)
Comments: 156 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,435 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:53,231
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,804 votes)
Comments: 156 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,538 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:52,379
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,806 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,351 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:48,019
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,622 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 102 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Queen 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 391 39%
United States 387 39%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 16 2%
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