Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
19702,009260,479
19712,105332,989
19722,137261,646
19732,045269,303
19741,923140,130
Red (143rd)by King Crimson
19752,088228,428
19762,082152,043
19772,090258,948
19782,122145,826
19792,058215,178
Total20,6592,264,969

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, The Who and Genesis.
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1972
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6,213
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Year of Release:
1971
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5,671
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Year of Release:
1977
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1,044
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Year of Release:
1978
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646
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Year of Release:
1970
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510
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1975
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487
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1973
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438
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1972
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293
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1978
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237
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 102 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 109 11%
1974 98 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 91 9%
1978 105 11%
1979 99 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Yes 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 384 38%
United States 375 37%
Canada 43 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Brazil 25 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 97%
Yes 27 3%
Live? Albums %
No 942 94%
Yes 60 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 12 1%
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