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.
19701,806279,759
19711,864366,872
19721,905288,669
19731,839296,663
19741,703147,967
Red (159th)by King Crimson
19751,866251,645
19761,834160,278
19771,858279,433
19781,872153,167
19791,860235,315
Total18,4072,459,767

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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1972
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16,128
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1971
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7,882
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1971
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4,037
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1977
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1,484
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262.
United Kingdom Yes
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1974
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1,460
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1973
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1,232
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631.
Yessongs 
Live
United Kingdom Yes
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1973
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417
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1970
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243
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Total albums: 8. Page 1 of 1

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 95 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 92 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 95 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 393 39%
United States 373 37%
Germany 39 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Jamaica 22 2%
Brazil 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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