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.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19702,051258,372
19712,148327,275
19722,195259,521
19732,080265,773
19741,973139,557
Red (141st)by King Crimson
19752,123224,751
19762,116150,155
19772,132254,981
19782,180145,527
19792,111211,728
Total21,1092,237,640

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.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Collector's summary (top 941) (filtered)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!

This chart is currently filtered to only show non live albums. (Remove this filter)

Sort by
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1973
Appears in:
Rank Score:
70,123
Rank in 1973:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1975
Appears in:
Rank Score:
50,275
Rank in 1975:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
49,443
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1971
Appears in:
Rank Score:
43,920
Rank in 1971:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1979
Appears in:
Rank Score:
35,579
Rank in 1979:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1977
Appears in:
Rank Score:
33,997
Rank in 1977:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1979
Appears in:
Rank Score:
29,653
Rank in 1979:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1977
Appears in:
Rank Score:
25,153
Rank in 1977:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1979
Appears in:
Rank Score:
24,563
Rank in 1979:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Buy album United States
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • #Sponsored
Year of Release:
1971
Appears in:
Rank Score:
23,717
Rank in 1971:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 941. Page 1 of 95

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 99 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 107 11%
1974 99 10%
1975 98 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 90 9%
1978 109 11%
1979 99 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 12 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Electric Light Orchestra 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 387 39%
United States 370 37%
Canada 42 4%
Germany 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 20 2%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 941 94%
Yes 59 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Kendrick Lamar
11. Nirvana
12. Neil Young
13. The Smiths
14. Miles Davis
15. The Beach Boys
16. Kanye West
17. Pixies
18. R.E.M.
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Bruce Springsteen
Back to Top