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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.
19701,141363,905 Paranoid (76th)
by Black Sabbath
19711,156486,774 Led Zeppelin IV (8th)
by Led Zeppelin
19721,231366,991 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stard... (16th)
by David Bowie
19731,213413,996 The Dark Side Of The Moon (2nd)
by Pink Floyd
19741,124162,730 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (215th)
by Genesis
19751,218353,713 Wish You Were Here (12th)
by Pink Floyd
19761,142182,572 Songs In The Key Of Life (138th)
by Stevie Wonder
19771,114350,438 Rumours (32nd)
by Fleetwood Mac
19781,114177,093 Darkness On The Edge Of Town (180th)
by Bruce Springsteen
19791,118333,175 London Calling (14th)
by The Clash
Total11,5713,191,387

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:2,886 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:155,125
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,516 votes)
Comments: 399 comments
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2.

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,131 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:94,829
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,716 votes)
Comments: 211 comments
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3.

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,964 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:89,278
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,568 votes)
Comments: 202 comments
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4.

London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,965 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:85,709
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,147 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:1,936 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:79,877
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,201 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:61,493
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,290 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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7.

Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,500 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:53,537
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,772 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:49,867
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:1,326 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:45,869
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:43,910
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,408 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 103 10%
1972 108 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%
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 388 39%
United Kingdom 382 38%
Canada 37 4%
Germany 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Jamaica 24 2%
Brazil 15 2%
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