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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.
19701,105356,293 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,129476,126 Led Zeppelin IV (9th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,181356,816 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (17th)
by David Bowie
19731,169401,732 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,085158,126 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (211th)
by Genesis
19751,155346,027 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,067177,520 Songs In The Key Of Life (137th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,054340,227 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,072173,036 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (176th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,072324,523 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,0893,110,425

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:2,797 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:150,740
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,392 votes)
Comments: 384 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,077 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:92,620
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,633 votes)
Comments: 206 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,898 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:86,940
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,494 votes)
Comments: 198 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,919 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:84,206
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,089 votes)
Comments: 185 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:1,876 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:77,571
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,122 votes)
Comments: 194 comments
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6.

The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,457 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:59,182
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,219 votes)
Comments: 164 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:52,621
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,728 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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8.

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,242 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:48,347
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,561 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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9.

RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,262 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:43,869
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,496 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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10.

Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,164 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:43,248
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,369 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%
Yes 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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