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.
19702,046258,455
19712,142327,386
19722,191259,611
19732,074265,643
19741,966139,647
Red (141st)by King Crimson
19752,120224,749
19762,112149,893
19772,126254,777
19782,172145,352
19792,108211,462
Total21,0572,236,974

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:
1975
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17,159
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Year of Release:
1970
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16,309
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1976
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15,762
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Year of Release:
1972
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Rank Score:
14,496
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Year of Release:
1970
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13,453
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Year of Release:
1975
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Rank Score:
13,324
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Year of Release:
1975
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13,225
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Year of Release:
1973
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Rank Score:
13,216
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1976
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13,127
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1972
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13,091
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Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 108 11%
1971 99 10%
1972 101 10%
1973 108 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%
Genesis 10 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
Yes 8 1%
AC/DC 8 1%
Elton John 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 388 39%
United States 369 37%
Canada 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Germany 37 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 20 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 974 97%
Yes 26 3%
Live? Albums %
No 940 94%
Yes 60 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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