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.
19702,033259,317
19712,129329,085
19722,157259,423
19732,057266,621
19741,943139,206
Red (144th)by King Crimson
19752,101226,443
19762,089150,490
19772,105256,210
19782,142145,341
19792,069212,849
Total20,8252,244,986

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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1975
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23,666
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1977
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21,742
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Year of Release:
1971
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19,744
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1975
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17,243
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1976
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15,524
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1970
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13,208
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1973
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12,911
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1972
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11,196
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1970
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10,147
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1977
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9,453
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Total albums: 372. Page 1 of 38

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 100 10%
1973 108 11%
1974 97 10%
1975 99 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%
Elton John 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Wishbone Ash 8 1%
Joni Mitchell 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 387 39%
United States 372 37%
Canada 42 4%
Germany 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 25 3%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 973 97%
Yes 27 3%
Live? Albums %
No 941 94%
Yes 59 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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