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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.
19701,452421,270 Paranoid (72nd)
by Black Sabbath
19711,472580,403 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,514436,661 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,489487,259 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,382201,022 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,504412,950 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,451219,902 Songs In The Key Of Life (133rd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,474424,641 Rumours (30th)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,485215,399 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,481392,477 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,7043,791,983

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,433 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:177,829
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,349 votes)
Comments: 486 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,547 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,588
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,317 votes)
Comments: 257 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,415 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:105,316
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,229 votes)
Comments: 259 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:2,407 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,903
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,792 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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5.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,324 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:95,514
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,632 votes)
Comments: 221 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,867 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:70,583
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,863 votes)
Comments: 214 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,758 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,479
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,118 votes)
Comments: 166 comments
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8.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,711 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:55,856
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,987 votes)
Comments: 148 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:55,109
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,945 votes)
Comments: 167 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,566 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,520
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,856 votes)
Comments: 158 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 105 11%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 84 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 394 39%
United States 368 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 19 2%
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