Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1970s decade summary
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.
19701,670285,822
19711,737379,359
19721,775296,397
19731,707307,367
19741,586147,176
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,746260,316
19761,668155,650
19771,721287,590
19781,720153,940
19791,720245,142
Total17,0502,518,758

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and Genesis.
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1973
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94,104
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1975
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64,009
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1972
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62,945
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1971
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58,265
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1979
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48,325
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1979
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39,017
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1977
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38,385
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1979
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33,000
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1977
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30,940
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1971
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30,833
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 109 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 98 10%
1976 88 9%
1977 95 10%
1978 107 11%
1979 97 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 390 39%
United States 375 38%
Germany 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Canada 38 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 950 95%
Yes 50 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
6. Kid A by Radiohead
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
12. Funeral by Arcade Fire
13. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
14. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
15. Nevermind by Nirvana
16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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