Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s by Mercury (2021)

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[First added to this chart: 03/07/2018]
Year of Release:
1972
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16,161
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[First added to this chart: 05/19/2013]
Year of Release:
1971
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19,298
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[First added to this chart: 03/26/2013]
Year of Release:
1975
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28,580
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[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1979
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47,505
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[First added to this chart: 05/19/2013]
Year of Release:
1970
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19,588
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[First added to this chart: 03/26/2013]
Year of Release:
1972
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24,020
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[First added to this chart: 10/31/2017]
Year of Release:
1970
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169
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[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1973
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2,722
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[First added to this chart: 03/26/2013]
Year of Release:
1976
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2,641
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[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1976
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14,794
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 12 12%
1971 14 14%
1972 10 10%
1973 11 11%
1974 9 9%
1975 8 8%
1976 12 12%
1977 11 11%
1978 4 4%
1979 9 9%
Artist Albums %


Joni Mitchell 3 3%
Neil Young 3 3%
Bob Dylan 2 2%
The Clash 2 2%
Ramones 2 2%
Tom Waits 2 2%
Nick Drake 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 44 44%
United Kingdom 38 38%
Canada 9 9%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Germany 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 1 from 12th to 11th
Grievous Angel
by Gram Parsons
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 2 from 11th to 13th
Beverly Glenn-Copeland
by Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Faller Down 1 from 13th to 14th
Luxury Liner
by Emmylou Harris
Faller Down 1 from 14th to 15th
Journey In Satchidananda
by Alice Coltrane
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by Camel

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90/100 (from 29 votes)
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From 01/20/2019 03:58
Like the #1 choice, and "Luxury Liner"..nice chart
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95/100
From 01/19/2019 18:38
Great chart! So much to choose from in the 70's
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90/100
From 09/30/2017 10:18
I like how you got unpredictable oddball stuff like Donna Summer Temptations, Rose Royce. Things you just don't expect to see. My yearly charts are full of stuff like that. Simply because they're good albums. And isn't Shel Silverstein the one who used to write all those kooky, zany songs in the 60s?
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85/100
From 04/24/2017 20:49
Amazing classic, some underrated items at their brilliancy
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80/100
From 04/24/2017 15:28
I love 70's music also
just a diffrerent 70's set of music I guess
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From 04/24/2017 11:59
Oh yes. Jailbreak, Blood on the Tracks, Goldrush, Vol. 4... I just miss prog albums, or at least some more Floyd, but that's ok
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From 04/24/2017 08:58
ooh yes
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From 04/24/2017 08:43
Some excellent choices and great variety with the selections. A fine compass to navigate the seventies listening experience.
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From 04/16/2017 21:27
ayt, its pretty good
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From 07/05/2016 17:12
Outstanding chart! I really love London Calling and Songs in the Key of Life. Looks like I need to listen to Journey In Satchidananda, as I've never heard that one. Have you checked out Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album (from '75)? I think it's almost on par with Rumours, which is saying something, though it doesn't get anywhere near the accolades.
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