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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.
19701,431426,660 Paranoid (74th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,447565,961 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,483434,438 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (15th)
by David Bowie
19731,470484,584 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,373199,298 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (203rd)
by Genesis
19751,478411,735 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,434217,724 Songs In The Key Of Life (133rd)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,454420,676 Rumours (31st)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,455213,907 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (177th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,464390,325 London Calling (16th)
by The Clash
Total14,4893,765,307

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:3,407 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:176,736
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,314 votes)
Comments: 478 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,524 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,258
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,289 votes)
Comments: 251 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,386 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:104,472
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,200 votes)
Comments: 255 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:2,386 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,859
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,763 votes)
Comments: 240 comments
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5.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,304 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:95,142
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,606 votes)
Comments: 220 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,843 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:69,970
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,840 votes)
Comments: 211 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,742 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,530
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,100 votes)
Comments: 164 comments
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8.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,689 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:55,331
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,965 votes)
Comments: 146 comments
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9.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,535 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:55,017
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,924 votes)
Comments: 164 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,543 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,396
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,840 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 98 10%
1978 111 11%
1979 91 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 395 40%
United States 369 37%
Canada 40 4%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 18 2%
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