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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 28,000 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.
19701,141364,070 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,156486,895 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,231367,165 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,213413,832 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,124162,778 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (215th)
by Genesis
19751,218353,920 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,142182,659 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,114350,645 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,114177,235 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (179th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,118333,041 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,5713,192,239

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,884 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:154,891
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,510 votes)
Comments: 398 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,129 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:94,641
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,712 votes)
Comments: 210 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,960 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:89,159
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,562 votes)
Comments: 201 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,966 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:85,706
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,144 votes)
Comments: 189 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:1,934 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:79,745
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,198 votes)
Comments: 199 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,510 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:61,477
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,286 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,498 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:53,414
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,770 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,287 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:49,839
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,604 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,325 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:45,772
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,545 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,201 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,887
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,407 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 107 11%
1973 112 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 96 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 88 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Queen 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 389 39%
United Kingdom 381 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 15 2%
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