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.
19702,041259,068
19712,142328,125
19722,182259,788
19732,068266,158
19741,955139,656
Red (141st)by King Crimson
19752,111225,557
19762,105150,014
19772,122255,505
19782,167145,346
19792,097212,235
Total20,9902,241,452

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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Year of Release:
1972
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22,433
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Year of Release:
1971
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19,036
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Year of Release:
1978
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3,270
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Year of Release:
1973
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1,138
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1974
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820
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1971
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809
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Year of Release:
1970
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Rank Score:
760
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1976
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428
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 99 10%
1976 90 9%
1977 90 9%
1978 109 11%
1979 98 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Wishbone Ash 8 1%
Miles Davis 8 1%
Joni Mitchell 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 388 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 42 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 973 97%
Yes 29 3%
Live? Albums %
No 942 94%
Yes 60 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 12 1%
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