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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 38,000 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.
19701,440419,188 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,455578,500 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,508436,092 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,480486,363 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,375200,347 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,494412,266 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,442219,493 Songs In The Key Of Life (132nd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,463422,995 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,467215,236 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,472391,559 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,5963,782,038

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 Black Sabbath.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,422 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:177,344
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,333 votes)
Comments: 479 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,532 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,204
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,304 votes)
Comments: 253 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,402 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:104,848
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,220 votes)
Comments: 255 comments
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4.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,401 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,890
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,778 votes)
Comments: 240 comments
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5.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,317 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:95,475
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,619 votes)
Comments: 220 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,850 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:70,104
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,851 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,750 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,503
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,110 votes)
Comments: 164 comments
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8.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,700 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:55,506
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,980 votes)
Comments: 146 comments
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9.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,549 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:55,060
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,935 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,559 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,691
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,849 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 104 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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