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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 37,000 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.
19701,398411,742 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,407569,700 Led Zeppelin IV (7th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,443429,346 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,442478,820 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,333196,355 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (206th)
by Genesis
19751,440407,867 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,382213,973 Songs In The Key Of Life (136th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,408415,923 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,399210,720 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,404385,385 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,0563,719,832

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,368 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:175,142
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,233 votes)
Comments: 468 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,494 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:105,560
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,223 votes)
Comments: 247 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,349 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:103,160
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,133 votes)
Comments: 245 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:2,358 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:94,769
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,709 votes)
Comments: 237 comments
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5.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,281 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:94,749
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,555 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,816 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:69,224
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,780 votes)
Comments: 207 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,723 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,108
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,073 votes)
Comments: 163 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,521 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:54,786
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,895 votes)
Comments: 162 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,661 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:54,688
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,916 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,519 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,086
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,802 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 92 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 377 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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