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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 30,000 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.
19701,219377,208 Paranoid (77th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,222519,326 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,287388,228 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,280437,406 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,173173,850 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (212th)
by Genesis
19751,272371,686 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,203194,255 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,194372,340 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,201189,801 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (174th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,193349,986 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total12,2443,374,085

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:3,019 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:161,568
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,740 votes)
Comments: 423 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,237 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:98,157
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,873 votes)
Comments: 220 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,080 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:92,973
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,744 votes)
Comments: 207 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,072 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:89,041
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,276 votes)
Comments: 196 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:2,063 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:84,528
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,354 votes)
Comments: 207 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,599 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:63,606
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,448 votes)
Comments: 181 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,568 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:54,797
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,858 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,351 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:51,684
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,702 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,428 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:49,302
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,651 votes)
Comments: 129 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,270 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:46,029
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,505 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 105 11%
1973 107 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 94 9%
1978 112 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 386 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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