Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19701,835278,003
19711,903362,189
19721,938284,368
19731,867292,523
19741,732146,491
Red (155th)by King Crimson
19751,902247,184
19761,880160,124
19771,896276,876
19781,922152,818
19791,889232,064
Total18,7642,432,640

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Black Sabbath and Genesis.
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1973
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82,950
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1975
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57,640
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1972
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57,096
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1971
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51,681
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1979
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43,135
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1979
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34,694
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1977
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29,103
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1979
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28,860
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1971
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27,852
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26,470
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Total albums: 392. Page 1 of 40

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 103 10%
1971 104 10%
1972 97 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 96 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 92 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 97 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 392 39%
United States 374 37%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Jamaica 22 2%
Brazil 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of 1976
1. Stevie Wonder
2. David Bowie
3. Ramones
4. Eagles
5. Boston
6. Rush
7. Genesis
8. Bob Dylan
9. The Modern Lovers
10. Joni Mitchell
11. Thin Lizzy
12. Electric Light Orchestra
13. Rainbow (UK)
14. Jorge Ben
15. AC/DC
16. Led Zeppelin
17. Jean Michel Jarre
18. Camel
19. Queen
20. Aerosmith
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