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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.
19701,347406,197 Paranoid (75th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,370560,126 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,407421,458 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,393472,956 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,289192,344 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (202nd)
by Genesis
19751,395402,203 Wish You Were Here (11th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,334211,192 Songs In The Key Of Life (134th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,345410,092 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,332206,895 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,339380,248 London Calling (15th)
by The Clash
Total13,5513,663,711

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:3,330 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:173,376
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,164 votes)
Comments: 462 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,452 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:104,111
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,170 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,316 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:101,630
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,077 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,245 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:94,023
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,506 votes)
Comments: 214 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:2,314 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:93,016
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,657 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,776 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:68,778
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,728 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,699 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:57,863
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,040 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,496 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:54,439
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,861 votes)
Comments: 160 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,617 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:54,016
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,886 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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10.

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,504 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:49,663
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,763 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 100 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 82 8%
1977 97 10%
1978 109 11%
1979 93 9%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Deep Purple 8 1%
Black Sabbath 8 1%
Jethro Tull 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 382 38%
Canada 41 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Jamaica 23 2%
Brazil 16 2%
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