Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19701,759282,247
19711,820371,230
19721,867291,977
19731,797300,413
19741,669149,157
Red (160th)by King Crimson
19751,841253,546
19761,788159,486
19771,822282,224
19781,832153,453
19791,822238,959
Total18,0172,482,691

The best artists of the 1970s were Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and Genesis.
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11,544
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10,381
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10,272
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8,980
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Total albums: 108. Page 1 of 11

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 99 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 111 11%
1974 93 9%
1975 95 10%
1976 93 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 96 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 10 1%
Genesis 9 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
The Rolling Stones 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 396 40%
United States 369 37%
Germany 40 4%
Canada 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Jamaica 21 2%
Brazil 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 944 94%
Yes 56 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Best Artists of the 1970s
1. Pink Floyd
2. David Bowie
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Neil Young
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Clash
7. The Who
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Black Sabbath
10. Genesis
11. Stevie Wonder
12. Bruce Springsteen
13. Bob Dylan
14. Yes
15. Paul McCartney
16. Nick Drake
17. Joy Division
18. Joni Mitchell
19. Queen
20. Bob Marley
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