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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.
19701,171371,456 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,178494,828 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,252374,344 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,232422,632 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,147167,941 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (208th)
by Genesis
19751,240360,383 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,168186,947 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,156357,965 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,139181,697 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,143338,766 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,8263,256,958

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,927 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:156,850
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,593 votes)
Comments: 409 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,170 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:95,825
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,773 votes)
Comments: 213 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,999 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:90,337
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,628 votes)
Comments: 203 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,998 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:86,796
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,188 votes)
Comments: 191 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:1,983 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:81,459
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,256 votes)
Comments: 200 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,543 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:62,301
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,347 votes)
Comments: 174 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,525 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:53,852
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,805 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,308 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:50,343
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,639 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,364 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:47,100
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,585 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,225 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:44,703
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,441 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 105 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 100 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 87 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 385 39%
United States 384 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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