Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19701,744282,484
19711,794373,303
19721,843292,484
19731,771300,829
19741,644147,595
Red (163rd)by King Crimson
19751,811256,060
19761,759157,123
19771,793284,213
19781,808153,448
19791,785242,090
Total17,7522,489,630

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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1970
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19,372
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1971
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19,302
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1972
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16,071
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1975
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15,903
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1975
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15,800
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1973
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15,604
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1972
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15,500
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1976
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14,954
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1977
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14,337
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1973
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14,318
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 106 11%
1971 100 10%
1972 103 10%
1973 110 11%
1974 94 9%
1975 96 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 93 9%
1978 111 11%
1979 98 10%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 390 39%
United States 374 37%
Germany 42 4%
Canada 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Brazil 23 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 975 98%
Yes 25 3%
Live? Albums %
No 948 95%
Yes 52 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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