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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 35,000 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.
19701,332403,271 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,360556,323 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,398419,110 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,385469,440 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,286191,055 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (198th)
by Genesis
19751,384398,622 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,322209,932 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,337406,666 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,323205,162 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,336377,535 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,4633,637,116

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,314 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:172,941
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,151 votes)
Comments: 461 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,439 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:103,523
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,157 votes)
Comments: 240 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,298 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:100,541
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,062 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,231 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:93,072
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,498 votes)
Comments: 213 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:2,291 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:92,020
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,647 votes)
Comments: 231 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,771 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:68,509
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,714 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,683 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:57,440
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,035 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,486 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:54,018
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,855 votes)
Comments: 160 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,597 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:53,420
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,879 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,489 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:49,105
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,746 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 104 10%
1971 103 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 102 10%
1975 101 10%
1976 81 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Frank Zappa 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 383 38%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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