Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19702,040260,178
19712,138328,851
19722,179260,102
19732,064266,956
19741,952139,656
Red (144th)by King Crimson
19752,105226,105
19762,100150,133
19772,113256,014
19782,158145,722
19792,087212,761
Total20,9362,246,478

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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2,311
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Year of Release:
1970
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800
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1974
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479
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1971
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342
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1973
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302
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1978
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238
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1973
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233
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1976
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230
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 90 9%
1977 91 9%
1978 107 11%
1979 99 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Joni Mitchell 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 389 39%
United States 371 37%
Canada 42 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 940 94%
Yes 60 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of 1979
1. The Clash
2. Pink Floyd
3. Joy Division
4. Talking Heads
5. Neil Young
6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
7. Supertramp
8. Gang Of Four
9. Michael Jackson
10. AC/DC
11. Fleetwood Mac
12. The Police
13. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
14. Tom Petty
15. Gary Numan
16. Public Image Ltd.
17. The B-52's
18. Buzzcocks
19. The Specials
20. Elvis Costello
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