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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 30,000 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.
19701,207375,237 Paranoid (77th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,218516,971 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,280387,734 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,275435,388 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,167173,311 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (211th)
by Genesis
19751,267370,045 Wish You Were Here (13th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,200193,940 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,188370,527 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,193188,792 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (175th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,184348,661 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total12,1793,360,606

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:3,010 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:161,054
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,703 votes)
Comments: 421 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,222 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:97,365
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,850 votes)
Comments: 216 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,069 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:92,330
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,720 votes)
Comments: 205 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,056 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:88,712
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,254 votes)
Comments: 196 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:2,053 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:84,464
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,333 votes)
Comments: 206 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,587 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:63,126
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,429 votes)
Comments: 180 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,563 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:54,683
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,851 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,344 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:51,539
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,690 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,415 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:48,809
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,639 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,261 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:45,814
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,492 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 104 10%
1973 107 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 89 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 States 389 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 17 2%
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