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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 27,000 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.
19701,105356,056 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,129475,910 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,181356,435 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,168401,428 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,085157,990 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (211th)
by Genesis
19751,155345,904 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,066177,457 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,053340,258 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,072173,158 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,072324,468 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,0863,109,065

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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1.

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1973Appears in:2,796 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:150,701
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,386 votes)
Comments: 383 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,075 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:92,572
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,628 votes)
Comments: 205 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,897 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:86,900
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,489 votes)
Comments: 197 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,917 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:84,224
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,083 votes)
Comments: 184 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:1,873 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:77,390
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,115 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,454 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:59,068
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,213 votes)
Comments: 163 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,460 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:52,553
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,722 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,240 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:48,343
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,556 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,263 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:43,872
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,492 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,165 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,259
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,366 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 106 11%
1972 107 11%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 95 10%
1978 110 11%
1979 89 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Frank Zappa 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Kiss 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 390 39%
United Kingdom 385 39%
Canada 36 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Italy 14 1%
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