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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 27,000 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.
19701,113357,801 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,137479,629 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,199360,215 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,179405,315 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,098159,772 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (216th)
by Genesis
19751,180348,533 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,077179,136 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,064343,539 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,083173,909 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,082326,444 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,2123,134,293

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:2,816 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:151,650
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,423 votes)
Comments: 387 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,091 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:93,120
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,661 votes)
Comments: 206 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,919 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:87,556
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,513 votes)
Comments: 198 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,930 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:84,547
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,105 votes)
Comments: 185 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:1,896 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:78,163
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,142 votes)
Comments: 195 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,467 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:59,845
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,238 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,476 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:53,253
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,740 votes)
Comments: 138 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,254 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:48,791
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,573 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,281 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:44,324
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,518 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,179 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,538
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,387 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 108 11%
1973 111 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 388 39%
United Kingdom 386 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 14 1%
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