Best Albums of the 1970s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1970s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19701,676286,114
19711,745379,196
19721,782296,863
19731,711307,834
19741,592148,008
Red (161st)by King Crimson
19751,760259,768
19761,680156,027
19771,727287,363
19781,729154,452
19791,730245,483
Total17,1322,521,108

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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14,457
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1976
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13,889
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1972
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13,872
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1973
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13,564
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1970
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13,369
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1970
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12,302
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1971
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12,167
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1971
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12,116
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1970
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11,638
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1974
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11,284
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1970s composition

Year Albums %


1970 107 11%
1971 101 10%
1972 102 10%
1973 112 11%
1974 92 9%
1975 96 10%
1976 89 9%
1977 94 9%
1978 108 11%
1979 99 10%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 11 1%
Jethro Tull 9 1%
Yes 9 1%
Elton John 9 1%
Genesis 9 1%
Neil Young 8 1%
Pink Floyd 8 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 391 39%
United States 376 38%
Germany 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Canada 38 4%
Brazil 24 2%
Jamaica 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 976 98%
Yes 24 2%
Live? Albums %
No 948 95%
Yes 52 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 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. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Pixies
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
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